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Hull Zero Three

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Wonderfully Written... Dark, Complex, and Imaginative

I picked up Hull Zero Three because, firstly, I saw that one of my favorite authors, Vernor Vinge (Fire Upon the Deep), had written a tag line praising the book. Secondly, after reading the first page, I knew that Bear's writing could hold my interest.

Reading this ...
I picked up Hull Zero Three because, firstly, I saw that one of my favorite authors, Vernor Vinge (Fire Upon the Deep), had written a tag line praising the book. Secondly, after reading the first page, I knew that Bear's writing could hold my interest.

Reading this book was a pure pleasure. Bear's writing really serves to transport your mind into a specific state of being. The writing, coupled with some excellent twists and an array of imaginative ideas, left me spellbound through the entirety of the novel.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dark SciFi.

posted by Aeshec on December 29, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Thumbs down

I've been a Greg Bear fan since I read Eon 25 years ago and in the quarter century that's passed I've read almost everything he's written. Most of his writings are quite readable, some are truly page-turners, but every now and then he misses the mark widely. He missed i...
I've been a Greg Bear fan since I read Eon 25 years ago and in the quarter century that's passed I've read almost everything he's written. Most of his writings are quite readable, some are truly page-turners, but every now and then he misses the mark widely. He missed it in Dead Lines and he's missed it in Hull Zero Three. I found reading Hull Zero Three to be drudgery but I kept at it thinking that it would pick up and the work would be worth it. It didn't and it wasn't. It might be that I've been reading SciFi for more than 50 years now and am overly critical but I think not. This is just not a good book. Bear can do better and has. Hopefully he will again.

posted by Larreatri on December 9, 2010

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

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    Tough start, Great Finish

    Greg Bear almost hits the bulls-eye with Hull Zero Three. The story starts out with the soap opera setting of amnesia, but after that your about to step into circumstances even the characters don't totally understand. The pacing of the story can be sluggish at times and Teacher can prove to be a bit trying to even the most forgiving reader, but in the end the character design for Teacher and many of the more likable prove to win at the end of the day with a one of kind finish.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2010

    Not Bear's best, but damn good...

    I must admit that I'm definitely biased when it comes to Greg Bear. My absolute favorite book of his is 'Eon' and I always end up comparing his later books to this one particular novel. That's not fair, I realize, but it's hard to break this habit. So, this is no 'Eon'.

    BUT... it's damn good. It's a rather short novel. I was able to finish it in a few short days, but it absolutely mesmerized me. I loved the mystery and I loved how he built up the backstory chapter by chapter.

    So, I would definitely recommend this book. It's a good read.

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