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In the Ocean of Night (Galactic Center Series #1)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2008

    Very difficult read

    I consider myself a fairly-intelligent person and I am a big fan of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Robert Heinlein, but there were so many times I felt like giving up on the book because the writing was so wordy, drawn-out and downright baffling. The author is obviously a very smart man, and he has some very good ideas, but he failed to communicate his thoughts more times than he succeeded, writing in a manner you could only understand if you wrote the book. This is the most abstract book I have ever read and I found myself scratching my head more often than praising it, the confusion reaching its epitome in the Epilogue, which might as well have been written in a foreign language. Which is a shame because there were times this novel resembles a masterpiece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2004

    Best Science Fiction Ever

    Hard science fiction really isn't my cup of tea but this novel and its sucessors especially 'Great Sky River' are amazing pieces of work. I enjoy the goofy Science Fiction of Kevin J Anderson but this is loaded with theory and possibilities that blew me away. Any book that leaves me wanted to know what happens next is always a plus. Not a big fan of all his wishy washy relationship babble though. Other than that a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2004

    A Bit Abstract

    Gregory Benford's 'In the Ocean of Night' is an intriguing novel, but parts of it were so abstract that I merely skimmed them until I ran into a paragraph or chapter that didn't include run-on sentences. More often than not you'll be asking yourself what happened concerning an event while the characters in the book don't seem the least bit concerned. Eventually it all catches up, until the ending is muddied with more abstract writing. I did enjoy reading this 'classic' sci-fi, though, if for no other reason than comparing the author's vision of the near future with what has already transpired. For instance, the characters code information into computers, wear pagers on vacation, and take pictures with film cameras. It's worth a read if you're planning on tackling the Galactic Center series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Good book

    Couldn't put it down.

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  • Posted October 18, 2009

    Great work from a great writer

    This is quality writing with an intelligent and fascinating plot and a well described sense of "place". Even for those who don't normally enjoy the science fiction genre this book is written to be a page turner. Not merely fiction for geeks but a refreshing and at times breathtaking work that should not be missed. The night I finished rereading this book (ten years after the first reading) I walked out into my back yard and stared at the stars. It has that kind of effect.

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