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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2005

    Focus is on the right stuff

    I'm impressed with this novel by the late Charles Sheffield and am excited to read other books by him immediately. Not just a hard science catastrophe novel, Sheffield is actually skilled with plotting and characterization. When our bookclub decided to read this I was at first reluctant because end-of-the-world books are so common and often one-note (how do we rebuild?). Aftermath is different in that it focuses on individual problems for a variety of characters from the President of the US to some cancer patients that need their next treatment. The world rebuilding sort of happens on its own in the background showing the resiliency of civilization and I found it more believable than the past 1/2 dozen armageddon novels I've read. I found the story about the astronauts that are stuck in space with no way down to the surface the most compelling. It reminded me of the best parts of the Apollo 13 movie/book (Lost Moon) with very intelligent people using ingenuity to create hope from hopelessness. Overall, I really loved this book. Even the religious zealot sub-plot which really raises red-flags for me didn't annoy as much as I expected. The best thing is, I see tons of room for a sequel and have heard there is at least one. Check for my review of that in the next couple of months.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2000


    A very enjoyable read- focused, interesting and fast-paced. Sheffield has a talent flow and interpersonal dynamics.

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