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Antarctica Mass Market Paperback – July 6, 1999
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That being said, this is an enjoyable but very uneven book. The view of Antartic life is wonderful, both the Polar culture and that of McMurdo. The scene of those two places is well drawn, interesting, and involving. I really came to enjoy several of the characters, even though most of them are--let's be honest--pretty sparsely drawn or even two-dimensional. But still, Wade, X, and especially Spiff and Viktor were enjoyable folks to read about. Their adventures, little and big, made fun reading, and of course the setting is simply awesome. I think Robinson does an especially good job bringing home to you the vastness, cold, and emptiness of Antarctica (I had a friend who went there for several seasons doing graduate research).
Unfortunately, I have two big problems with this book: the action is very uneven, and one of main characters--Val--I found stupendously annoying. One at a time.
First, the action. I honestly believe that *everyone* will find this book uneven, and will love some of it, and hate other parts. The dicey bit is, we're all going to love and hate different things. For example, a large portion of the book is taken up with an adventure trek (much like today's adventure climbs up Everest) along the same path that Amundsen, the first man to make it to the South Pole, took.Read more ›
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I purchased this book in 1999 a year after it came out. I really wanted to like it. Well now 15 years later I just plowed though it. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Gunk-a-loo
This book made Antarctica so real to me that now when I look at pictures of it in Google Maps, I think of the characters and stories in this book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ted Lemon
I am particularly interested in Antarctica, and I've read
many of Mr. Robinson's books, so I was keenly interested
to see how this one turned out. Read more
I really love this book! Excellent! I love the description and story line and very good having been in present time.Published 8 months ago by Barb
This was the first book of this author that I have read, and it will likely be the last. It left me perplexed as to whether it was intended to be fact, fiction, mystery,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Griz
Having been to Antarctica as a tourist, I can relate a lot to what Robinson writes about. Admittedly, some of the scenes are far fetched (feral population of humans living in... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Scott FS
I wish there had been more story line and less history of previous explorations, but I did like it.Published 17 months ago by PK Kelley