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- Publication date : December 5, 2018
- File size : 2131 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 240 pages
- ASIN : B07KV64Q6R
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #155,972 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So, the plot? A world with only insects (in a wide sense) AND mosses. A few lichens. The insects grow very big, some of them, because they have interna skeletons too. OK. But only mosses and lichens? Normal size? Even in the streams there seem to be no algae. Lichens, and some mosses are symbiotic with fungae (mushrooms). No signs of those. But our heros don't eat the mosses, they might be poisonous... So, my friends, are many insects. On the other hand, many lichens, such as Iceland lichens are edible. They have 3 biologists and 4 doctors and don't know this? The only flora to be found are the mosses and lichens? Not even fungae?
I just can't suspend my belief that far. The mosses work as some kind of coral reef, building a skeletons of "girders". Corals are animal, not vegetable.
This might be a nightmare world for vegetarians, and certainly some cultures, such as Inuit eat almost only meat, but even they eat vegetable matter from the stomachs of their prey. Our heros eat only insects.
The insects have hive minds, capable of telepathic control and advanced communication. With warm blooded mammals. On a World that does not even have slugs.
At the end there is a hint of more to come. Allright, I'll read a sample.
But this one? A waste of money.
In this segment of the series we find Infinity and Desmond leading another refugee colony into the unknown. They were supposed to go to an earth only 20 years different than their own version of earth, but ended up 100's of millions of years back. This is where only arthropods and insects live. There are seemingly no resources for them to use to create a home. It seems that all the animals on this earth are predators, but not all.
There are no typos to distract you, and the plot runs seamlessly. Characters are well drawn out, some in an unusual way. The dialog is realistic and does not get bogged down with too much information at any one time.
I highly urge anyone who is interested in this book to read, at the very least, the first book in this series. It sets the tone for what follows, though it could be read as a stand-alone, I guess.
READ THIS BOOK and live it as you go!
Top reviews from other countries
As for The Mind of Many, Stan C. Smith’s imagination continues to soar, and as the single group of 20 humans are launched to an alternative version of Earth, as their Earth is in its final death throes, and as they immediately find themselves in a constant battle to deter deadly predators, and find water, and food, and shelter, you kind of forget that they landed on this site with no clothes, no hair, and vestigial finger-and -toenails.
And, because this is a Stan C Smith story, they are now in a world that is truly alien, but most of the “rules” that govern it eventually become clear, and there is an internal consistency. And, as soon as they do find water, and a source of food (yuck, but nourishing), and create shelter, and find ways to protect themselves from the local lifeforms - and it looks as if they have established the basis for a viable colony - there is an abrupt twist to the direction the plot was heading in, and Bridgers #5 (not quite ready for release at this time) becomes a must-read.
This is another good addition to the series, maybe my favourite after the first. The tornado at the start is great, and the riots at Safetrek are intense, The world they land in is amazing, with arthropods growing to impressive sizes (read the book before you lambaste me with your science. The cast of characters is limited to about 20, so we get to know people better than just before they popped their clogs, like in the other books. So in a nutshell, the book is exciting, fast (I read it in a couple of days), with a badass heroine who pulls no punches, literally or figuratively.
A biological creativity, with bizarre and frightening details, Stan has a prodigious imagination! Each installment is more gripping, gritty, with fascinating fearsome creatures, filling you with trepidation, edge of the seat and nerve wrecking scenes. Fast paced with no respite for the protagonists nor for the readers. Great world building and credibility. Excellent characters, full of resilience, perseverance, with a fearless and tough kickbutt heroine, Infinity. As much as this series scares me out, I’m more and more drawn to it. Hopefully , it’s not the last installment.