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13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

A rarity these days: A book you cannot stop thinking about

How long has it been since I started reading a book that pervades my thoughts while at work? While watching a television program? While reading a newspaper or magazine? Too long!

In Red Mars, Mr Robinson's first of three novels about colonization of Mars that is fasc...
How long has it been since I started reading a book that pervades my thoughts while at work? While watching a television program? While reading a newspaper or magazine? Too long!

In Red Mars, Mr Robinson's first of three novels about colonization of Mars that is fascinating, engaging, thrilling and completely captivating; it is epic in scope and concept. Make no mistake, this is hard science fiction. Within this world I have found exceptionally great character development, especially considering the genre; a realistic philosophical debate about the use of current and near future technology; and a world that is stunning.

If you like sci-fi, get Red Mars and place it immediately on the top of your stack of must reads.

Final thought: this will be a book I look forward to reading again.

posted by DevourerOfBooks on April 7, 2009

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Love AND hate this book

The highs on this book are very high, conversely the lows are just as bad. I will start with the bad.

The characters are just plain irrational idiots except when they are passionless robots and no one has a personality worth a darn. There is rarely a character worth c...
The highs on this book are very high, conversely the lows are just as bad. I will start with the bad.

The characters are just plain irrational idiots except when they are passionless robots and no one has a personality worth a darn. There is rarely a character worth caring about.

The politics which Robinson loves to focus on are terrible and tedious and almost (ALMOST) make the book unreadable at times.

However, the science is rock solid and at once completely fantastic. When Robinson sends one or another of his characters to explore the world or to actually work to solve a real problem scientists today must solve if we are to ever colonize Mars, the story gets mind-blowingly good, to the point where I just can't say enough good about it.

The scenes described during exploration will stick with me forever and make me wish I could live long enough to see them myself.

If I am being totally honest, the characters and politics are very likely an accurate depiction of what you would see if a group like NASA were to send 100 of the most qualified scientists and engineers to begin the colonization efforts on Mars. It doesn't mean I like reading about it but it does serve to make a reader like me enjoy the science and exploration side of the story even more.

This is a book I both rant and rave about to my friends, and I am so glad I read the book and it's sequels (including The Martians - also by Robinson, set even farther in the future), and I would readily recommend this book to any hard science reader, even even if at times they all completely tick me off, the payoff in the end is worth it.

posted by Anonymous on May 2, 2013

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  • Posted March 19, 2010

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    Not for action seekers

    I typically enjoy things more on the fantasy side of scifi these days, but this was a long book, which I enjoy, and had decent reviews. Unfortunately it turned out that I really should've avoided this book. It's heavy on politics and detail, and very light on action. I will compliment Robinson on the detail. It's just amazing that someone did the amount of research required to write this book, and make no mistake Robinson is a great author. I just didn't like the story he wrote in this case. I won't avoid other books by Robinson, but my exploration of Mars ends with this book.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2007

    for a specific audience

    Unfortunately, this book sacrifices engagement and involvement with the characters for a gritty, realistic scientific treatise. We want to care about the characters more than it is possible to do--given that at times we find several pages of carefully detailed technological and scientific exposition between even the smallest interactions. Mr. Robinson seems to lack interest in the inner world of his characters--hence the lack of development and complexity other reviewers noted. Very disappointing, unless you are seeking exactly what is here--a very techie exploration into what might or might not work in colonizing a harsh alien climate.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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