Smallworld

Smallworld

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by Dominic Green
     
 

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A strangely captivating novel from Hugo-nominated author Dominic Green. Mount Ararat, a world the size of an asteroid yet having Earth-standard gravity, plays host to an eccentric farming community protected by the Devil, a mechanical killing machine, from such passers-by as Mr von Trapp (an escapee from a penal colony), the Made (manufactured humans being hunted by

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A strangely captivating novel from Hugo-nominated author Dominic Green. Mount Ararat, a world the size of an asteroid yet having Earth-standard gravity, plays host to an eccentric farming community protected by the Devil, a mechanical killing machine, from such passers-by as Mr von Trapp (an escapee from a penal colony), the Made (manufactured humans being hunted by the State), and the super-rich clients of a gravitational health spa established at Mount Ararat's South Pole.

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ISBN-13:
9780956492531
Publisher:
Fingerpress UK
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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Smallworld 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Mark-S More than 1 year ago
... then you get confused. Basically, the book seems to be designed as a 'serial' of stories, combined into one sequence. It takes a couple of chapters to get into the flow of the book, at which point, it really does hit the stride. However, by the end of the book, you will get confused by the large number of characters that seem to just show up from earlier chapters without being previously mentioned, including a couple of characters that go through characteristic changes for absolutely no reason. Lots of potential, but you have to get ready for a roller-coaster (ups and downs) of a read.
Druablank More than 1 year ago
The holy grail for sci-fi readers is reading a story that doesn't recycle memes set down by those that helped originally define the genre in the first place. Though the story does have it's flaws, I was delighted to read something that seemed to be covering fairly new ground. I haven't enjoyed a sci-fi story as much since discovering some of the first cyberpunk books in the early 80s. I found those a bit difficult to follow at first and enjoyed watching them grow into their own popular sub-genre. Give it a try, especially for free on your Nook.
Guenever71 More than 1 year ago
Interesting treatment of an unlikely environment. The chapter themes were inspired. However, by the end, I was getting confused by the large cast of characters and their story lines.
ky_distiller More than 1 year ago
I took a chance on this book, thinking I probably wouldn't like it. And I am very glad I did! It is great! Humorous, witty, intellectually stimulating. I highly recommend it.
Lisa Hlava More than 1 year ago
Thought provoking, in a good way. Excellent characters and conflict. Great science and the story telling keeps pulling you along. I really enjoyed these continuous stories alot.
Blue Raven More than 1 year ago
The first half was very entertaining. Worth reading if only for gems like the Amazonian cattle ranches being pushed out by genetically modified rain forests. I, though relatively literate, found myself looking up many references in this book. It was well worth taking the time to do so. -Subtle... some even very subtle, but very entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's not easy writing science fiction in an era when you literally CAN stand up and wave a stick around and make incredible things happen. But this book brings back the days when authors would craft a series of related stories on an original theme and produce a book like Pratchett's "Colour of Magic". Here we have 2 themes that haven't been worked threadbare previously - an extended family not-so-hick farmers and their relation with a Devil who's definitely real, if not in the traditional way. And a bureaucratic Universe that keeps intruding.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really got me hooked. Very good sci fi. Its a hard balance to strike between the science of the sci fi and character development. This author knows how. When you get to the end of a book and you feel as if you missing a real person you know he did a god job. Well done
Onmyway More than 1 year ago
Fun, inventive, and you really want to read it till the end. Without spoiling the book, it a cross between Pratchett and Gaiman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must confess I skipped over parts of the book because it was boring and confusing, but it was a pretty good read overall.
havertypork More than 1 year ago
Smallworld was an interesting read and definitely different from any other standard science fiction book I have read of late. I would not call it a laugh a minute comedy. It is funnier at the end. A good read for anyone who wants something different.
Dolphineus More than 1 year ago
Not funny.  Not exciting.  Boring.  Abrupt style.  Unsatisfying.   Some interesting sci-fi concepts, but not fun to read.  Really not fun to read.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit confusing in part due to the number of ever changing character traits. But all in all a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not really much comedy, but it's an excellent read nonetheless. Has some semi-silly Hitchhiker's elements that I enjoyed.
WyrdStar More than 1 year ago
This was an entertaining read, albeit not the comedy I'd expected from reading the blurb. Nor does it really work as a novel, as it reads more like a collection of (long) short stories strung together and linked by virtue of a shared cast and setting. The writing is good and there are moments of very clever (and often bizarre) humour - I particularly liked the escape from the penitentiary through psychoanalysis and Helen of Troy's personality inside a killing-machine robot (both of which appeared in the final story) - yet many of the supporting cast were too one-dimensional to care about and I frequently forgot who was who. However, the science-fiction setting was fun and obviously well thought-out; I just wish the author had done the same with more of the myriad of characters involved along the way. In summary, I did enjoy it and would have been happy to spend money on this.
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Improves as it goes on; enjoyable throughout.
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An interesting idea but roughly executed. Far too many characters and excessive impossibilities for even a science fiction novel. Scenes are choppy and events are often unclear. At the same time the many twists are funny and many aspects will dellight scifi lovers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book. Well it might be a book. It's not like any other book I have ever read and I did finish it. I read every page. I'm not sure what happened but I think some of the people (machines?) lived. Out of the Box. That would be a nice way to describe it. Out of the box. I give it four stars because the author was nice enough not to charge me for reading it.
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Vintage sci-fi, well written. Extra star for being free but still more entertaining than some recent sf I've purchased.
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