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Still Forms on Foxfield based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Still Forms on Foxfield is this author's first published novel, and it shows. Although the alien world's chemistry, biology and physics are solid and interesting to read, the staccato and stilted dialog and pace suffered in this novel for what seems like an infodump about the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and an extrapolation of their rituals, beliefs, social values and other philosophies in the light of space colonization.This reader spent some of his formative years in the Quaker community. I am versed in their religious views, and have lived in communities designed to abide by consensus, and so the actions of the characters as the plot moved forward seemed to me telegraphed and unsurprising. Perhaps fascinating to someone unfamiliar with Quaker practice, a constant reiteration of "what the light tells them to do" became tedious to me.Outside my subjective difficulties with the novel, the science fiction regarding the indigenous life forms' and their involvement with the colonists, is very good, and shows promise. I can recommend this book for hard science fiction lovers who aren't particular to dialog or plot and like reading speculative fiction just for the ideas. My mother has borrowed the book to read, so perhaps she'll share her views and this review will become more balanced.Two out of five stars.2008-11-04
I actually really liked this book. However, Slonczewski has written a couple of my favorite books, so I'm biased. I agree that this book didn't live up to its potential. There were some great ideas waiting to be developed that didn't happen, which was a shame. However, I enjoyed reading it and every time I put it down I was looking forward to reading the next part. I think the key concepts of the novel were - the pluses and minuses of a system that tries to impose equality based on majority rule (UNI government), the beliefs and doubts of a religious person as viewed through Quaker eyes, a cursory view of how technology might develop and benefit us in the future, and an intriguing yet undeveloped view of an unlikely alien life form. So, there's lots there - it just wasn't fleshed out as fully as I'd have liked.