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Book Thoughts: Dark Matter (Blake Crouch)

Now, this was compulsive reading!

★★★★★★☆

Title: Dark Matter
Author: Blake Crouch
Genre: Fiction /Science Fiction
First published: 2016
Edition: Kindle e-book

It starts with a man in a mask kidnapping him at gunpoint, for reasons Jason can’t begin to fathom—what would anyone want with an ordinary physics professor?—and grows even more terrifying from there, as Jason’s abductor injects him with some unknown drug and watches while he loses consciousness. When Jason awakes, he’s in a lab, strapped to a gurney—and a man he’s never seen before is cheerily telling him “welcome back!” Jason soon learns that in this world he’s woken up to, his house is not his house. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born.

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I flew through this novel. I kept wanting to turn the page once I got into the story.

It had been a while since I read a fast-paced book like this and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I enjoyed the plot and the writing, though I have to say that the ‘sciency’ stuff went completely over my head. But then, I have never studied quantum physics! I do feel like I wanted a bit more explanation about the tech every now and then. I wanted to understand it more. It as not necessary to enjoy the book, but still…

I liked Jason as a main character and the idea the author puts forward about the multiverse, though to be honest it gave me a headache when I thought about it too much, so I didn’t. It does beg the question “What does it mean to be me?” and that is a question always worth asking yourself.

The stakes were high enough to root for Jason throughout the book, but it never gave me palpitations! Just the right amount of thrill I would say.

This was a fun read and I will definitely read more by this author. I would highly recommend it when you need something fast-paced with a bit of a thrill that also makes you think a bit.

6 out of 7 stars

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Book Thoughts: The Forge of God (Greg Bear)

Bear, Greg - The Forge of God

★★★☆☆☆☆

Title: The Forge of God
Author: Greg Bear
Genre: Science Fiction
First published: 1987
Edition: Legend Paperback, published by Arrow Books Limited in 1989

Now, I am not a big science fiction reader, but when I was tidying our bookshelves I found three books by Greg Bear, all belonging to my other half. I know he really likes them, so figured I would give one a try.

I probably should have picked Eon, but I went with this one. I really struggled with the first half. It felt really bitty and choppy. I just found it hard to get into. Combine that with a complete disinterest in aliens and spaceships and really, why did I ever start this book?

It feels quite dated, technology wise, but it was written in the 1980s, so I cannot really blame it for that. I mean, same goes for Back To The Future and I bloody love those movies! I just thought I would make that note. 🙂

About half way, stuff started happening that was a bit more interesting and I suddenly found myself actually wanting to know what would happen. That was a nice surprise! Low and behold, the feeling did not last and it started dragging again. At the end it picked up again as ends must and when I finally closed the book I was reasonably satisfied.

CONCLUSION:

This is a decent book in a genre that does not quite agree with me. The plot is interesting enough and there were a couple of characters in this book I did feel invested in, especially Arthur Golden and his family, but overall this book dragged on too much, especially in the first half.

3 out of 7 stars