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Subject: Moonfall, by Jack McDevitt
Date Posted: 5/3/2008 11:47 AM ET
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This is the most exciting book I've read in a while. Jack McDevitt, who likes to put his characters in jeopardy with planetary disasters, does it this time with the Moon and the Earth. In the near future, a fast-travelling intersteller body is discovered and calculations show it to hit the Moon within five days. The Vice President, who is on the Moon to dedicate the opening of Moonbase, is suddenly thrown into a desperate struggle for survival on board a small shuttle making its way back to an Earth, itself first in denial and then in disaster. While this book does not have the historical/literary allusions of A Talent For War, it has tense plotting and a small band of characters such as are found in his Engines of God series. It didn't matter that I could see the plot turns coming long before the characters did, I was still glued to this book right up to the last page.

Anybody else read it?

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 1:22 PM ET
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I absolutely loved this book. Although it drove me nuts waiting for everything to explode - but I guess that's the sign of success for me ... the result was immensely satisfying.

I'm a sucker for books that go boom :-)

I'd take this book over one of his Priscilla Hutchins books anyday.

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 10:50 PM ET
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My thought when I read it was that it would make a great movie.  Jack McDevitt is my favorite author.

Date Posted: 5/24/2008 5:14 PM ET
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Good book. I like apocalyptic books. Another good one is Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. I tried reading Moonseed by Stephen Baxter (anyone read that one?) I read about 75 pages and couldn't wait and read the ending and never finished the book. Ending was depressing so I didn't have the heart to continue reading when I knew the outcome (if only I had read the ending at the bookstore I wouldn't have wasted my money.LOL). Yah, I know, books that cover apocalypse as a theme can be depressing but wow, it was just kinda like, "WTH??".
Date Posted: 5/25/2008 11:49 PM ET
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Ha! I had the same reaction to Baxter's Moonseed.

Hated it. Absolutely hated it. I refuse to even try anymore Baxter books because of that one. Blech!

 

Date Posted: 5/26/2008 3:05 PM ET
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LOL.

Okay...I'm warning everyone...a big ol SPOILER ahead for the book Moonseed by Stephen Baxter so if you don't want to be spoiled don't read!

I think I really didn't like this book because Earth was destroyed. Like POOF! gone and become cosmic dust and debris. Yah, the human race survives on the Moon but I was really sad that the Earth had to die like that. It was depressing. I like my end-of-the-world books to conclude on a happier note, you know, with the Earth at least still being around.LOL. Humanity can almost be eradicated and civilization can be totally destroyed, but don't kill off the Earth please! =) That was my pet peeve about that book. Also, his writing isn't that great either. Like you, it's my last Baxter book.

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 7:59 PM ET
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I couldn't get the Wicked Witch of the West out of my head ...

"I'm melting, meltinngg, meltinnnggg ....."

::: chortle :::

Date Posted: 5/28/2008 11:13 AM ET
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*Spoiler alert* Variable Star by Spider Robinson

  That's exactly why I didn't like the Spider Robinson treatment of Heinlein's unfinshed mannuscript.  I thought he did most of it very well but the ending struck me as just wrong.  Getting rid of the Earth is just not a good idea.

Subject: Moonseed
Date Posted: 5/29/2008 10:26 PM ET
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Ok, so I scrubbed Moonseed off my wish list...

But I do want to point out that the Earth (or at least life on Earth) is completely destroyed in a number of classic science fiction stories, from The Martian Chronicles to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe to On The Beach.   



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Date Posted: 5/30/2008 2:34 PM ET
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I don't like Earth being destroyed, that's the only thing I ask for in apocalyptic books I read.LOL. Just leave Earth behind, live and well and I'll be happy.heh.
Date Posted: 7/2/2008 3:28 PM ET
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Oh yeah, that's why I never could get into Hitchhiker...When the earth gets destroyed in the beginning - I just couldn't get over it.

Don't blow up the earth!!  Is that too much to ask?