Darwin's Radio

by Greg Bear | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0006511384 Global Overview for this book
Registered by PDB11 of Oakhill, Somerset United Kingdom on 12/16/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by PDB11 from Oakhill, Somerset United Kingdom on Sunday, December 16, 2007
I enjoyed this book. Eventually.

The book is far too long. It took me about two weeks to read the first half, but less than a further half week to finish the book. During the first half, I found it difficult to stick at it for more than a couple of pages at a time.

The idea of the story - that evolutionary experiments and some information about their results are stored in the genome, against such time as they are needed - is a clever one, and (although it must be admitted that I'm an engineer, not a biologist) I couldn't fault the science. Some parts of the process, though, seemed unnecessary, and weren't properly explained. And, although the second half of the book was pretty gripping, I found the ending weak. Bear was presumably trying for something open-ended - we made it through this, but what next? - but it didn't really work for me.

And it didn't help that the one character who was like me (and made many of the same mistakes I would have) I didn't like at all!

For release.

Edit: Next book: Darwin's Children, in my review of which I finally work out what's wrong with the science in this one.

Journal Entry 2 by PDB11 at Ham Wall Nature Reserve, Meare in Glastonbury, Somerset United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Released 13 yrs ago (12/29/2007 UTC) at Ham Wall Nature Reserve, Meare in Glastonbury, Somerset United Kingdom

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On the sign by the entrance from Station Road, on the Ashcott side of the river.

Journal Entry 3 by Wyke-of from Weymouth, Dorset United Kingdom on Thursday, May 15, 2008
Found the book at the entrance to Ham Wall Nature Reserve whilst on a birdwatching trip on April 27th 2008.

I found the book hard going and it has taken a long time to finish.

I shall pass the book on to my daughter who has an interest in genetics having covered the subject at university. I shall ask her to then release the book.

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