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.
This book takes a long time to get going, but it's worth it. The plot creeps up slowly in fits and starts, and like most of Peter Watts' work, it involves an assortment of shadowy... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Superfly
Okay, I've got a new writer to track... Peter Watts ably and powerfully does what I love most about quality sci-fi: all but seamlessly creating a new world, with all the complex... Read morePublished 14 days ago by revmyo
Astounding! Of course, if Peter Watts wrote it, it's worth reading. Unless you're looking for thoughtless and meaningless pap, that is; those looking for non-engagement in their... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Jon Welsh
After reading Blindsight and having my mind blown, I couldn't resist following up with another one of Peter Watts's books. Starfish, part of his Rifters trilogy, didn't disappoint. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Genevieve DeGuzman
RARELY have I read (or felt) anything quite like "Starfish." Peopled with broken characters and laced thru with bleakness, this work is functioning on a HIGHER level. Read morePublished 1 month ago by L. A. Veronie II
It took me a while to get into this book; the beginning is monotonous and lacks pace and plot but this, (I think) is intentional, allowing the author to construct a deeply dark &... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Willy Eckerslike
The short story grabbed and I read through the whole series in about a week or so. Very compelling reading and the science was edge and hard. Read morePublished 1 month ago by dgd