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review 2014-12-26 23:10
Behemoth (Rifters #3) by Peter Watts
Behemoth - Peter Watts

The only reason it took me so long to finish this trilogy was because of Christmas coming up. I quite liked it and it's pretty dark in places and those I loved a lot. Desjardin's sadistic scenes were nicely written and really icky in a sorta fascination way.

I hope Clarke and Lubin can find some happiness and maybe I'll imagine them being together. I think they're both a bit screwed in the head.

I think all in all a pretty interesting trilogy.

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review 2014-12-22 19:25
Maelstrom (Rifters #2) by Peter Watts
Maelstrom - Peter Watts

This one had some twists and turns that I didn't see coming. I think it's a wildly fascinating world the author has created and I just can't wait to finally read the conclusion.

I feel sorry for Clarke though and I wonder who else might be like her?

I would not shed a tear if Patricia croaks though.

I liked what Alice did to the guilt trip - I think that might be interesting to read reg Lubin and how he reacts.

There were plenty of POVs and though I found myself looking forward to Clarke's I still didn't mind the others.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-12-21 19:41
Starfish (Rifters #1) by Peter Watts
Starfish - Peter Watts

I'm not a fan of multi POVs, but I can honestly say that I was so engrossed in the book that I just didn't care - I just wanted to see what happened next. I loved the book - though it was pretty dark and full of less than savoury people. I think that's why it didn't bother me so much with the POVs.

Though I'm sad that Acton had to die. And Lubin killed him. I want to know all Lubin's secrets - one way or the other I hope to get a peek inside him.

(spoiler show)

I didn't care much for Yves, but I suppose he is in his own version of hell by now. 

I'm dying to start the next book, so I can see what happens after the ending. I rather like Clarke.

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review 2014-05-20 14:32
Review: Maelstrom (Rifters book 2 of 4)
Maelstrom - Peter Watts

Originally read January 10, 2014


I thought Maelstrom started out very slow. It started off with a lot of the technical details that had made the previous book, Starfish, feel like an authentic story.  The problem was that these details weren't mixed in anywhere near as well as they were in Starfish.  In Starfish, the interesting story and compelling character building was always at the forefront.  In Maelstrom, sometimes that took a back seat to the technical details.  Additionally, the new characters introduced in Maelstrom didn’t grab me as much as the characters introduced in Starfish had.  I never felt any real investment in them.


However, somewhere around the 25% mark, the story did pick up. From that point, it easily held my attention until the end. Although I didn’t like this book as much as I liked Starfish, I did enjoy it.  I’ll definitely be reading the next book to find out what happens.


Note: The author has made all the books in this series available for free under a Creative Commons License.  You can download them here: http://www.rifters.com/real/shorts.htm.

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review 2013-10-28 03:35
Starfish (Rifters Trilogy)
Starfish (Rifters Trilogy) - Peter Watts Pretty darn good, especially for a first novel - some very interesting and plausible science, and an interesting portrayal of a cast of very flawed people....one hopes for a sequel. (oh - I guess there is one....duh)
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