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Seveneves por Neal Stephenson
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Seveneves (edição 2015)

por Neal Stephenson

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Five thousand years later after a catastrophic event rendered the Earth a ticking time bomb, the progeny of a handful of outer space explorers--seven distinct races now three billion strong--embark on yet another audacious journey: to return to Earth.
Membro:lehrer21
Título:Seveneves
Autores:Neal Stephenson
Informação:William Morrow, Kindle Edition, 880 pages
Colecções:A sua biblioteca
Avaliação:*****
Etiquetas:Nenhum(a)

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This book took me an awfully long time to finish, and not just because of its hefty page count.

Neal Stephenson's writing style is certainly something. At times enthralling; other times, highly tedious.

The first section had me hooked, despite some questionable choices in the character narratives (such as very matter-of-fact descriptions of who was banging whom). I lost steam in the middle, becoming frustrated by interpersonal dramas and the stodgy pacing. At this point it became clear to me that vast swathes of the book were an academic exercise, which seemed incongruous with the petty human squabbles that came to dominate the plot; if this is a moral about how humankind will always have assholes, it's heavy-handed and trite.

Had the book ended two thirds through, with the seven Eves landing at Cleft, I would have given a more favourable review: it reached a satisfying conclusion. But the book just went on... and on...

The fact I still had several hundred pages to go at that point utterly undermined the tension that was being built. I was sure that at least some characters would survive, or else what was the rest of the book full of? Verbose descriptions of printer paper?

I had wondered why the final section wasn't spun off into a sequel, but the truth is: it only holds up as an addendum, as you'd have to do a lot of work to make that world plausible to a new reader. This is one of the real strengths of Stephenson's writing - by that point, it feels entirely plausible. It has just the right mix of current real world technologies, along with intelligent speculation, that builds layer upon layer of a coherent but utterly fantastical scenario. The Pingers, however, seem utterly absurd... I'd trade 100 pages of pointless exposition for a morsel on those mutants - I feel like they demanded a better explanation than he gave, but the fact that he left the details very minimal was probably a wise decision.

Honestly I would love to read more stories set in this rich world, as long as they're not written by Stephenson.

...who am I kidding, I'd pick up a sequel if there was one...

Worth the effort? Yes, but ultimately: a frustrating book. Moments of sheer brilliance murdered by verbosity. ( )
  Katrana | Oct 13, 2021 |
This book finally answers the burning question about what would happen if you sent Malala Yousafzai, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Elon Musk, and Clair Underwood into space in a three-part somewhat unrelated series that probably should have been two (or more) books. O, it was also a good metaphor for Donald Trump's rise in America at one point but that was like 600 pages ago so I forgot it. Really though, the book is classic Neal Stephenson (i.e. good and interesting), but it's definitely not my favorite effort by him. It actually may be my least favorite book of his but it's nonetheless enjoyable if a bit of a slog. There's also some weird anti-US government bureaucracy/pro-Communist dictatorship flavor for a bit but I'll chalk that up to my hyper-awareness of such things and also relative lack of countries who can reliably fling things into space. ( )
  nosborm | Oct 10, 2021 |
Like so many people, I enjoyed the first 2/3rds of this book. I wouldn't say I loved it, for I'm not particularly attached to hard-edged sci-fi like Seveneves. I found the story fascinating and did learn some things about orbital mechanics, but it did drone on and on and I found myself begging for the abridged version more than once.

Once I hit the turning point around the 2/3rd mark, any connection I had with the story that was pulling me along was suddenly gone. I tried for another 50 pages or so to keep it up, but my interest had vanished. This one is a did-not-finish. ( )
  jamestomasino | Sep 11, 2021 |
Not his best/ ( )
  hmskip | Aug 21, 2021 |
this could have easily been two books, and the first one of them would have gotten a five star rating from me. The initial story is gripping and well-paced, with characters we grow to like, but the "epilogue" tells a completely different story, with new and weaker characters that goes on for two thirds of the book. ( )
  Enno23 | Aug 15, 2021 |
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"Seveneves" is as hard as "hard science fiction" gets: cool bits of science and speculation about the future of technology, space and culture, with a plot and dialogue bolted on to make it more enjoyable to follow. That said, Stephenson's speculation is fascinating. He's got a lot to say about the physics of whips, glider transportation, military robotics, and everything else that can be crammed into his premise.
adicionada por bookfitz | editarLos Angeles Times, Douglas Wolk (May 29, 2015)
 
"None of this makes Seveneves the kind of hard SF in which you see a writer dutifully populating his universe with characters who have feelings even though you can tell he just wants to write about giant space gadgets. Stephenson’s people are vivid and terrified: they bicker and cry and perform heroic deeds."
adicionada por bookfitz | editarThe Guardian, Steven Poole (May 13, 2015)
 
"No slim fables or nerdy novellas for Stephenson (Anathem, 2008, etc.): his visions are epic, and he requires whole worlds—and, in this case, solar systems—to accommodate them."
adicionada por bookfitz | editarKirkus Reviews (Mar 15, 2015)
 
"Stephenson’s remarkable novel is deceptively complex, a disaster story and transhumanism tale that serves as the delivery mechanism for a series of technical and sociological visions."
adicionada por bookfitz | editarPublishers Weekly (Mar 9, 2015)
 

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