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Supervolcano: Eruption Hardcover – December 6, 2011
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“A terrifying future of the United States that seems within the realm of possibility.”—Winnipeg Free Press
About the Author
Harry Turtledove—the New York Times bestselling author of numerous alternate history novels, including The Guns of the South, How Few Remain, and the Worldwar quartet—has a Ph.D. in Byzantine history. Nominated numerous times for the Nebula Award, he has won the Hugo, Sidewise, and John Esthen Cook Awards. He lives with his wife and children in California.
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While the premise was interesting, the story moved at a snail's pace. It hopped around constantly between characters and those that became more interesting not enough was written about them and those who were boring got too much.
Parts of it were very predictable like in many other post apocalyptic books. Does someone always have to get pregnant when they're not expecting it? Even close to 50 year olds?
I honestly don't really know what the point of this book was. If it came out in a sequel I would not buy it. Just not enough action. Very plodding.
The book barely covers the eruption itself, mainly seen from Kelly's (love interest of protagonist) point of view and Bryce's (ex boyfriend of protagonist's daughter). None of the expected seismic and volcanic activity was present. A number of geologic and volcanologic terms, historical events, and various things I expected to be correct are not. Turtledove should have at least sent this book to a geologist for editing before mass production. Only a few of the characters are at all fleshed out, and a number of them are petty and selfish. The book is mainly about how the eruption and the ensuing chaos effects the protagonist and his family.
He was not, however, wearing the crown when he wrote this execrable piece of excrement. Maybe he's spent so long writing in the past that he's lost the feel for modern-day characters.
As an example:
"That will be enough of that, Miss Ferguson." now Mr. Gorczany spoke with some snap: the snap of a boss putting a third-tier employee in her place.
I haven't read a book in quite a while that it became a chore to read each word on the page. And, like I said, I enjoy self-published zombie fiction. At least there, I expect forced prose and lackluster character development.
I don't expect that from someone of Turtledove's capabilities.
I haven't said this of a book in a long time: Avoid it at all costs.
P.S. I'd really like to know if Mr. Turtledove is receiving payments from Bing. There seem to be several conspicuous product placements in this book. If it's just a literary device, then it is very distracting, but to me it smacks of commercialism.