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HOT SKY AT MIDNIGHT by Robert Silverberg | Kirkus Reviews
I found the characters unlikable and the plot tedious and stationary. It wasn't even heavy going, just an unpleasat read that rambled on almost directionless while the world was falling apart. The premise is good: Earth has been polluted and people have long since g I'm writing this review despite the fact that this is one of only a handful of books I did not complete. Earth has been polluted and people have long since given up trying to cure the environment and decided to change the human genome to adapt ourselves to the environment.
A good idea that should have opened up so many ethical questions and judging by the previous book I read by the same author, 'The Alien Years' I thought that was what we were going to get.
Unfortunately we don't get that, instead we meet some pretty mundane and often unlikable people with a few token references to scientific research. I don't even care enough about the end to look up the events on wikipedia.
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There is no real depth, but an illusion that something is happening Is the writer trying to suggest that people are not noticing the urgency? Is he showing a people facing their doom but apathetic in their belief that it will all work itself out?
Possibly, but if that is the case then it didn't work for me. It wasn't going anywhere so on page I gave up. See more book reviews at my blog Dec 10, Alex rated it did not like it. I'm a big Silverberg fan so was sad I didn't like it. Love it when you find an author you love and source everything they've ever written and you love those too! Perhaps there wasn't enough fast action and sensationalism for me. I agree with Brent's review. Unfortunately a very average book with unlike-able characters that meander around too much, and an unimpressive ending.
Jun 05, Brent rated it liked it.
Aim for the stars and hope to find an inhabitable planet? Gene splicing to mutate humans that would survive the environmental disaster Earth has become? Wanted to like this more.
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Mar 13, Michael Nalbone rated it really liked it Shelves: A look at an apocalyptic future full of bad people. Jan 16, Larry rated it really liked it. One of the few Agberg books that I've read and I quite enjoyed it.
Wish I still had it in fact to read again! Jan 28, Allan Dyen-Shapiro rated it it was amazing. Engaging with interesting twists. I think of him more as a short story writer, and he's mastered that art form, but his novels are also enjoyable. Eric rated it liked it Jun 10, Kiril Todorov rated it really liked it Jun 01, Hotrats rated it liked it Feb 02, Eddiemcd rated it liked it Feb 14, Tom rated it really liked it Sep 28, Roger rated it it was amazing Jul 02, Andrew Vardy rated it it was amazing Mar 30, Gary rated it really liked it Feb 09, Harry Blanchard rated it really liked it Nov 13, Darius rated it really liked it Dec 03, Barry Hill rated it really liked it Aug 30, Terry rated it really liked it Jan 10, Mariamariamariiiaaaaaa rated it liked it Jun 07, Mark rated it liked it Oct 19, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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