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Posted June 24, 2004
Weather? Was there Weather?
As a techno sort of guy and a storm chaser, I was excited about this book. I didn't know I was going to have to wait until I was a third into the book to actually read something about the storms and how they chase them in the future. I can summarize the first 100 pages: Earth's ecosystem is whacked, the western portion of Texas is uninhabitable, Alex has a deathwish, Janey is whinny. Sterling also uses stilted dialog to explain in detail new techno-toys when in the real world, most people would say 'Just push the red button.' Not a terrible read, but could have been so much better, if not a bit shorter.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 16, 2003
Heavy Weather Lacks Ray Of Sunshine
As in his other books, Sterling's novels lack any build up of suspense or anticipation. While there are quite a few interesting characters running around in this novel, the promise of any real conflict that is built up never really comes to fruition. The few times that characters do come to blows the action falls flat and ends all too soon. In the end, this tale is about a group of storm troupers living on the fringe that finally get to videotape an all elusive F6 tornodo that had, until that time, only existed in theory. Once the storm is over that is it, not much concern is felt when the clouds have parted. We, the reader, would have been better off if this novel had never been published. Bruce Sterling is far more adept at presenting interesting short stories which is where his true talent shines.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.