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Forty Signs of Rain

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2007

    Forty Signs of Disappointment

    I purchased the complete trilogy after reading about the global warming series in USA Today. A novel on the possible effects of global warming remains an excellent idea, and can serve as a valuable educational tool to the public and to our politicians to wake up and do something about this global crisis. Unfortunately, Kim Stanley Robinson hasn't done it. The writing is sophomoric at best. It's been a long time since I've seen so many sentence fragments in a published work. There's absolutely no action until the last fifty pages of the 400 page book. Characters are dull. Robinson writes more about the trials of being a stay at home dad than global warming. It's a very dull novel, but may cure your insomnia.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2005

    Not Very Well Veiled

    This book, like all of his books including those in the (highly overrated) Mars trilogy, deals with black and white attitudes, and the writer always assumes his own opinion takes the moral high ground and is correct. Robinson needs to learn to write more about the gray areas in between and not establish a side so early on. His characaterizations haven't improved since Mars where most of the characters were either thin or distinct archetypes who wouldn't waver. And this one isn't as well written as Mars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Weak story for 300 pages

    Expected more sci fi drama but not there. Even ends badly.

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    not so future history!

    This continues Robinson's climate changs series and gives a fairly realistic,if drastic, idea of what may be coming all too soon. A few degrees of warming will be disaster for LOTS of low elevation population centers. I also learned tons about DC!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2004

    Forty Kinds of Wonderful

    Kim Stanley Robinson's Forty Signs of Rain has all the makings of a masterpiece. Characters are so well drawn that one sentence into a new chapter is all that's needed for identification. The story is well-crafted and seemingly simple, starting with a basic education in Arctic ice levels, moving through U.S. politics with scathing brilliance, following the plight of Tibetan Buddhist refugees whose emerging nation is on a submerging island in the Indian Ocean, and dissecting the lives of scientists caught between searching for a viable medical truth and making millions off patents...and this is just book one in a trilogy. I couldn't put this book down and I can't wait for the next two books!

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