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Constellation Games Paperback – April 17, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
I loved the book. It's written in the form of emails, blog posts and text messages set back and forth between humans, aliens, and intelligent computers; and it cuts to the heart of being human.
The ending felt a little abrupt, with a bit of a different tone than most of the novel. I would have liked more resolution, but I also like that things are left open but hopeful. I'd certainly love to see a sequel!
There are many positive ratings for this book, mine is a bit average because while I didn't dislike this book I can't say I really enjoyed it either. I was curious to start with, by the time I got to 50% I was ready to give up and consign this book to the 'never to be finished pile', at that point it got slightly more interesting and rehooked me and then started to lose me again at about 75%. By the time I finished the book I was glad it was done but not resentful that I'd spent the time reading it. It just ended, there's no real resolution (to my mind), it just drifts to a close. If you're looking for a unique take on the post contact sci-fi story then you might enjoy this. This is a very unique piece of work, I'm just very ambivalent about it, I neither liked it nor disliked it. I suppose I can say I found it mildly enjoyable, I won't read it again but I'll definitely remember it.
The writing style is unique and entertaining. Much of the book is made up of blog posts and IM conversations. The story is fast paced and moves right along. Readers will not have to sit though a lengthy introduction before getting to the good stuff. The aliens arrive not just in the first chapter, not just on the first page, but on the very first sentence. Not only is the main character well developed, but so are his human and alien friends, from his ambiguous relationship with his best (possibly more than) friend, to the alien Curic (who redefines the meaning of internal conflict), to his Alien (with a capital 'A') friend Tetsuo (on of my favourites in the book).
Perhaps the best praise I can give this book is that I hope the author write a sequel.