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Blindsight by Peter Watts

Blindsight (edition 2008)

by Peter Watts

Series: Firefall (1)

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Authors:Peter Watts
Info:Tor Books (2008), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:ebook, Your library

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Blindsight by Peter Watts (Author)

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I really looked forward to reading this book. Peter Watts has a reputation of a "hard science" fiction author and Blindsight is supposably one of his better books.

I'll be honest, I struggled with the first half of this book, the plot is confusing, the characters all seem damaged, and at times incoherent. I wandered from page to page, rereading passages, just hoping that I could start make connections. It was a tough go.

As I plowed through, something finally clicked for me and it all came together and the last 100 pages went by like a blur. I'm rating it 4 stars, because the last half of the book was excellent, the first half was, shall we say, much less excellent. ( )
  bhuesers | Mar 29, 2017 |
I'm not a big hard sci-fi fan. I usually avoid it. Much of the jargon is over my head and the characters are usually kind of in the background and not very deep. I picked this up on audio thinking that the blurb sounded interesting - vampires and sci-fi sounded like it was either going to be great or crash horribly.

So I was pleasantly surprised by some of the deep characterization in this one and also that I liked the vampire. It really is amazing how intelligent some of these writers are. There were a number of different categories that Mr. Watts seems to be highly knowledgeable in and at least half the time I understood him with my lowly bachelors in computer information systems. That's not a bad ratio compared to some of the other hard sci-fi I've read in the past.

I do have to say I was left lost on a couple of things and even did some googling to get more closure. My wife, who read this book at the same time (on audio also) is now listening to the 2nd book so I'm hoping she'll have some answers for me. ( )
  ragwaine | Feb 13, 2017 |
Blindsight has some interesting ideas, but ultimately I think it was too interested in being weird and different. The ending was completely unsatisfying. ( )
  oswallt | Nov 25, 2016 |
ebook, sf, first contact, space vampire, alternative biology, hard sf, rorschach, ( )
  yarriofultramar | Aug 28, 2016 |
  KateSherrod | Aug 1, 2016 |
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Pringle, ThomasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The Hugo Award–nominated novel by “a hard science fiction writer through and through and one of the very best alive.” The Globe and Mail
Two months have past since a myriad of alien objects clenched about the Earth, screaming as they burned. The heavens have been silent since—until a derelict space probe hears whispers from a distant comet. Something talks out there: but not to us. Who should we send to meet the alien, when the alien doesn’t want to meet?
Send a linguist with multiple-personality disorder and a biologist so spliced with machinery that he can’t feel his own flesh. Send a pacifist warrior and a vampire recalled from the grave by the voodoo of paleogenetics. Send a man with half his mind gone since childhood. Send them to the edge of the solar system, praying you can trust such freaks and monsters with the fate of a world. You fear they may be more alien than the thing they’ve been sent to find—but you’d give anything for that to be true, if you knew what was waiting for them. . . .

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It's been two months since a myriad of alien objects clenched around the Earth, screaming as they burned. The heavens have been silent since. That is until a derelict space probe hears whispers from a distant comet.

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