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2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Finish, November 9, 2007
This review is from: Red Mars (Mars Trilogy) (Mass Market Paperback)
I was looking forward to reading this book. I really was. I love sci-fi and the idea of going to Mars has always fascinated me.

So needless to say I was a bit disappointed to find that reading Red Mars was about as interesting as watching paint dry. No, let me take that back...watching paint dry is more interesting.

The book is two things: a character study and a detailed (painfully detailed) description of Mars itself.

As for the character study: Different sections focus on a particular character and provide a view from inside that character's head, so to speak. The problem is that the characters aren't particularly interesting, putting a damper on the whole notion of "character study."

As for a plot, well, there isn't much of one to speak of. Oh, there's a kind of overall direction of events, but nothing that one would confuse for an actual plot, heavans no.

This must have been intentional and part of the artsy-fartsy idea the writer had when conceiving this book as I know that just about every first year writing student understands the idea of plotting.

Oh well

Along with this we get page after page of lovingly detailed exposition on Mars itself.

Now, I find Mars fascinating. Just looking at the NASA lander pictures gives me chills. So trust me when I say that the reams of paper devoted to describing the planet gets gets old fast. You will get hundreds of pages describing just about every nook and cranny of Mars. I really can't imagine anyone finding this much detail interesting, unless one is a gelologist, naw...

I don't think that I will continue on with the series at this point.
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