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Posted December 25, 2011
Overall, a worthwhile read
This book was a good mix of adventure and history. Parts of it were a bit slow and had too much detail (in my opinion) ... about 75 pages could have been eliminated and it would have kept my attention more. Glad I read it to the end...as I was tempted to bail out about 1/2 way through. Made me want to read more about the early explorers!
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Posted November 19, 2003
Antartica brings KS Robinson down to earth
Following his Mars trilogy, it is little surprise that Kim Stanley Robinson chose Antartica as the subject and location of his next book. Readers would have been familiar with the fact the First 100 to Mars spent two years in preparation in Antartica (scoop: look for a short novel in the future about that period). Unfortunately, although Robinson tells a good story of man's quest to overcome the great physical distress of life on the Ice Planet, it lacks something. Perhaps it is the fact we've grown to know his previous characters so well over the three Mars books, that 500 pages just isn't enough for Robinson to pull us in to know his characters in Antartica. Perhaps it is the lack of futurism of being a fiction of our nearer future. Perhaps it is the re-occurring cooperative/social themes. Still, as other reviewers point out, Robinson's lesser works are still better than most best works. If just for a better understanding of this barren wasteland man has yet to lay to waste, Antartica is still a worthwhile read.
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Posted May 17, 2011
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