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IT COULD END AT ANYTIME
Well, that is what you keep telling yourself and hoping. I became a fan of Wilson after reading Spin. I also liked Mysterium. He has also written several books I would give four stars to. This book seemed to have little to do with the Science it advertises. It is instead another story about divorce. It is heavy on divorce. I listened for over four hours and nothing has happened on the planet they are watching. The aliens are described by those in the book as being very boring. So, why am I reading this. The stuff about the girl with Autism is interesting, but that is not what drew me to the book, nor is it interesting enough for me to care.
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Synder has a great narrator voice. He also does well with male voices. When he does female voices it is laughable. He makes all females and kids sound like cartoons.
PUNCTUALITY IS THE THIEF OF TIME
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
In Blind Lake, Robert Charles Wilson again brings us his unique brand of science fiction: a character story wrapped around a mystery with a meaty sci-fi center. Blind Lake is set in a top-secret government research facility in Minnesota. The facility is doing ground-breaking research into what appears to be a sentient alien species. The strange thing is that no one really understands how the alien images are being recovered by the facility's self-evolving quantum computers. And when the entire facility is quarantined with no warning or explanation, things really start to get weird.
While the characters are well done, most of the story taking place at Blind Lake is actually pretty boring as far as sci-fi goes: we spend a lot of time with Chris, the self-loathing journalist, a mildly autistic little girl, and her narcissistic and paranoid father. The interaction between these characters is standard fare for daytime drama. Frankly, I found some parts of it perfectly yawn-worthy. The only other complaint I have is that the phrase "It could end at any time," was repeated so often that I felt like I was playing a drinking game.
That said, the ideas underlying Blind Lake are incredible. Not since Sagan's Contact and Wilson's later novel Spin have I found myself truly awed by a story's concepts. In addition, this novel contains some of the most beautiful passages I have ever read regarding the human species and our desire to learn and evolve. Wilson breathes life into a seemingly dead universe. He is a true genius.
The narrator a deep, commanding voice that works perfectly for Chris and Ray, but he struggles a bit with female voices. This isn't uncommon with male narrators and Snyder performs admirably. His reading is, for the most part, quite good.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
The narration is excellent and takes this book to a higher plane. The story is well paced although a little bit too clever at times and the ending didn't deliver as much as promised earlier in the book. Very listenable all the same