Saturday, September 17, 2011

What I've Finished Reading: The Sparrow

There are many things to like about Mary Doria Russell’s novel The Sparrow. It’s realistic look at space exploration. It’s filled with clever ideas behind alien life and civilization. And the way it builds suspense throughout the first half of the novel is really really good.

I suppose the key word in those first thoughts of mine is “first half.” That’s because I found that the deeper I got into the novel, the more I felt the plot and characters were losing their edge. As I talked about previously (here), sometimes a single scene in a novel can lower the overall appreciation of the entire work. Once again, that is the case here.

Oh, it’s a good novel. Well written, well thought out. And it has some great moments. But a few missteps here and there unfortunately change a great novel into something that is merely good. However, nowadays, good is something well worthy of my time.

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