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text 2017-08-23 19:42
Reading progress update: I've read 132 out of 1100 pages.
Ursula K. Le Guin: Hainish Novels and Stories, Vol. 1: Rocannon's World / Planet of Exile / City of Illusions / The Left Hand of Darkness / The Dispossessed / Stories (The Library of America) - Brian Attebery,Ursula K. Le Guin

Planet of Exile.

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text 2017-08-20 18:48
Reading progress update: I've read 87 out of 1100 pages.
Ursula K. Le Guin: Hainish Novels and Stories, Vol. 1: Rocannon's World / Planet of Exile / City of Illusions / The Left Hand of Darkness / The Dispossessed / Stories (The Library of America) - Brian Attebery,Ursula K. Le Guin

My records state that I've read Rocannon's World before but I'm not remembering anything!

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text 2017-08-19 11:10
Reading progress update: I've read 62 out of 1100 pages.
Ursula K. Le Guin: Hainish Novels and Stories, Vol. 1: Rocannon's World / Planet of Exile / City of Illusions / The Left Hand of Darkness / The Dispossessed / Stories (The Library of America) - Brian Attebery,Ursula K. Le Guin

The Hainish stories aren't really a self-consistent universe, as Le Guin points out at every opportunity. Having recently read some of the latest ones and then come to this first one, the contrast between the League of All Worlds and the Ekumen is quite strong. Their objectives and methods are very different.

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review 2017-08-18 17:35
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
Seveneves - Neal Stephenson

"The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason."

Seveneves is an entertaining, complex and thought provoking hard-science fiction book that takes a look at humanity, the good and the bad, during an apocalyptic event.

 

The book is split into three sections.  The first sections deals with humanities' preparation for the cataclysm that will result from the split moon.  The second section focuses on the people in space immediately after the cataclysm, who have the task of keeping the human species alive or the duration of the catastrophe.  The third part of the book takes a look at what happens when the Earth is made habitable again five thousand years after the cataclysm.

The author has a fondness for lengthy explanations and descriptions of new environments, but is short of character development.  There is a great deal of focus on hard science in this novel - everything from orbital mechanics, robotics and the physics of keeping a space station in space to genetic engineering and psychology.  However, this story is still enthralling, the world building is fascinating and the character cast entertaining and their interactions complex.  I enjoyed this book immensely, but wish there was more to the second and third sections.  There are some poignant moments, some funny moments, feats of heroics, and then there are the moments where you wish you could toss a particular character out the airlock!  

NOTE:  Seveneves is a palindrome.

 

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text 2017-08-17 17:13
Reading progress update: I've read 38 out of 1100 pages.
Ursula K. Le Guin: Hainish Novels and Stories, Vol. 1: Rocannon's World / Planet of Exile / City of Illusions / The Left Hand of Darkness / The Dispossessed / Stories (The Library of America) - Brian Attebery,Ursula K. Le Guin

I'm not remembering any of this. It leans heavily on Norse mythology which I didn't notice at all first time round but the notes in this edition make it very clear.

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