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Not so much a blog; just lots of books

Currently reading

The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World
Abigail Tucker
Progress: 81/187pages
The Mirror Empire
Kameron Hurley
Leviathan Wakes
James S.A. Corey, Jefferson Mays
Progress: 30%
Life: An Unauthorised Biography: A Natural History of the First Four Thousand Million Years of Life on Earth
Richard Fortey
Progress: 333/371pages
Moby-Dick: or, The Whale (Penguin Classics)
Herman Melville
Manifold: Time
Stephen Baxter, Chris Schluep
Progress: 99/480pages
Cherie Priest
Progress: 18%
The Long War
Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett
Progress: 68/501pages

Starfish by Peter Watts

Starfish - Peter Watts

Series: Rifters #1


Starfish is an uncomfortable book. I feel I should issue a warning that several of the characters have been abused or were abusers. That said, it’s also a good book. There is a dismal atmosphere that is both oppressive and claustrophobic, and a large part of it takes place in the depths of a black ocean. These people are tasked with the care of a geothermal generator station on the ocean floor. The combination of their initial personalities and the behaviours they develop in this isolated alien place is really creepy.


I might have rated it higher if I hadn’t spent most of the book wondering where it was going. I did enjoy the journey but there was a vague uncertainty throughout a significant chunk of it. As it turns out, the book is headed somewhere; it’s just not apparent from earlier on. So I might increase my rating on a reread although I need to finish the series before even considering one.


Simple or complex. File or Infection. Checkers or Chess. βehemoth or biosphere. It was all the same problem, really. 1211 knew exactly which side it was on.

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The thought that everything comes down to checkers or chess amuses me. The quote won’t make sense if you haven’t read the book (hence the spoiler tag).


I’m counting this one for the “Read by candlelight or flashlight” square for the Halloween Bingo since I read it at night on my ereader (or at least I did until I got near the end). This really isn’t the best book to read before bed though.