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Supervolcano: Eruption Hardcover – December 6, 2011
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It was like a seven year old finding out that Santa had murdered the Tooth fairy on his way to an Easter bunny dinner. To put it frankly - this book sucked.
You got to know the characters in turtledove fashion. Good build up, and then.....nothing. There it is - in what should be the end of civilization as we know it; the apocalypse takes back seat in the story to the characters personal lives. Getting married, having kids, deciding what to eat at the restraints in downtown LA. There is no real food shortage, little disruption of life in the largest cities. And no reason to buy this overpriced book.
If you have already purchased this book and cannot return it, hire a blind person to tear out the pages and set them on fire.
If Turtledove should return to alt history I would give the book a fair shot - if he attempts to climb onto the post-apocalypse bandwagon again I will save my money.
My problem with the book was that a pretty big percentage of the people in the story were toxic to be around - selfish, small-minded, bitter and petty people that I'd avoid like the plague in real life. So, reading about them was no joy. I started to hope a few of them wouldn't survive. Colin, Kelly and Bryce were better than the others, but it was hard to care even about them.
The second problem was the science. I have a BS in geophysics (Geophysics involves remote sensing, so earthquakes, volcanoes and oil exploration is its territory, because you can't climb down into 100 mile deep faults or subduction zones). Everything I've learned tells me that volcanoes are extremely predictable, almost to the hour they'll erupt. That's why Mt. St. Helen's could be evacuated, well before it blew. There are indicators on the surface. Then there's the hype over relatively insignificant quakes. Yellow journalism paints even small earthquakes as sensational news. But, a group of geologists out in the wild would never panic over a 7.0 earthquake, much less a 5.0! Earthquakes, despite sensationalism, aren't people killers - they're property destroyers. Sometimes, in destruction of property, people are killed. Falling glass or power lines, liquifacting subdivisions, cardboard construction in third world countries? You betcha - people get killed in these situations. But, being out in a natural setting, away from property damage considerations, earthquakes just aren't very hazardous. A 7.Read more ›
(As an aside, I also got a kick out of the fact that Colin Ferguson, star of Eureka was also the cop in this book. A coincidence? Probably as likely as the character Dr. Janet Fraiser appearing in Stargate SG1, and then after her death on the show, appearing in a Dave Weber novel.)
And then the thing we were waiting for occurred; Yellowstone blew up (if anyone considers this a spoiler, then all I can say is "give me a break!"). The first few chapters after that were engrossing, but as the book moved ponderously away from that cataclysm, I found myself wanting to say, "c'mon Harry! Resolve some stuff!" He never really does. When the book ends (now here come some spoilers) someone is still pregnant, someone else is trapped in a refugee camp with no likelihood of getting out even though she's got family who would seem to care, someone else is trapped in Maine during the most ferocious winter the area has ever known, a serial strangler is still strangling, and the world is slowly going to Hell in a handbasket and no one seems to care. There's no attempt made to figure out solutions or act like one is coping. Life as usual goes on until the end of the book except for the loss of a few staples and a few luxuries.
Be advised, when Yellowstone really does blow its top, it will be bad! Very, very bad!Read more ›
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For a novel, when I expected a non fiction, it's pretty fast paced, a little confusing jumping from one character to the next, but I will read the 2nd in the series.Published 2 days ago by Roxanna A.
Like many others, I love Harry Turtledove's writing. Guns of the South is one of maybe 10 books I can read again and again, so I practically tore this one off the shelf when I... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Uncle Slayton
Finished this novel in four days, clearly it is a fast read averaging just over a hundred pages per day. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Allen W. Mcdonnell
I have been a fan of apocalypse novels. This is the slowest, dreariest and at the bottom of the list.Published 2 months ago by Marc
I expect authors of "scientific" apocalypses to get their science right. Turtledove disappoints. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ray Givan
After a fortnight of attempting to storm the impenetrable fortress that is this book, I gave up the siege. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Chad W.
I'm a big Turtledove fan, but this was a complete waste of time and money spent. We have a great premise but all we get are trivial details of quite frankly, a bunch of spoiled... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dennis Lloyd