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Watts is investigating monsters. Gigantic deep sea monsters, surgically-altered-from-human monsters, faceless jellied-brain computer monsters--which monsters are human, which are more than human, which are less? Watts keeps the story line stripped down to showcase the theme of dehumanization. The anonymous millions who live along the unstable shore of N'AmPac come under threat (a triggered earthquake, and perhaps a disaster that's slower but even more pitiless) from their own dehumanized creations. But Watts is less interested in whether Lenie can save the dry world as in whether she can save herself. In Starfish, Watts stretches the boundaries of humanity up, down, and sideways to see whether its dimensions reveal anything we'd be proud to be a part of. --Blaise Selby --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I really struggled with the completely unlikeable cast of characters and their overwhelming emotional baggage.
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This book is terrible. Although significantly less terrible after finding out there's a sequel. First off there is quite a bit of jumping, whether it be between points of view or... Read morePublished 12 months ago by j.pittard
I don't give out 5-star ratings lightly. This one definitely earned it. Peter Watts has created a stunning piece blending genetics, marine biology, psychology, and so much more... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jennifer
This book is in my top 10 sci-fi novels of all time. It's masterfully crafted, gripping and horrifying at turns, and I stayed up all bloody night reading the damned thing and... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Wintery Cate
Outstanding read. this book is up there with Bear and Brin. blindsight is another excellent read. maelstrom is next on my list.Published 20 months ago by Summer
Best SF since R.A.H. Tunnel in the sky. And updatededly so. After 30 years of reading some good books I will put this right up at the top with names like Vernor Vinge, Neal... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Corey
I liked the bleak tone and the damaged characters. It really started me thinking about who really would be the best crew for a mission to Mars. Read morePublished on August 8, 2012 by Michael Alexander
I kept waiting for this book to turn around. It never does. Watts introduces many interesting ideas that on their own would've been interesting (deepwater breathing, gel brains,... Read morePublished on August 8, 2011 by Boomhauer