Tag: Repercussions

Dan Brown – Origin | Review

Title: Origin

Author: Dan Brown

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 473

Rating: 3.25/5

You know what you’re getting with Dan Brown, at least to a certain extent, although I do feel as though in this one, there were fewer twists and turns and a lot of the plot was more linear. There was also a twist at the end which was pretty easy to figure out, although I will admit that the motives had passed me by. It happens!

The main problem that I had with this book is that something happened at the end of the last book which really ought to have had repercussions. Instead, it wasn’t even mentioned. I guess that makes sense given Brown’s style, because he tries to make each of his books function as a standalone. And in all fairness, this one does work as a standalone – as long as you haven’t read the one that comes before.

What was cool was the way that this investigated artificial intelligence. Brown’s portrayal of it wasn’t particularly realistic, especially at the time it was first published, but if we give it ten or twenty years, we might not be far off it. There were also some interesting ideas about the ultimate fate of humanity – or to quote the book, “Where do we come from? And where are we going?”

They’re some pretty important questions, and I thought it was interesting to see how Brown – and his characters – approached them. I’m not sure whether I agree with their conclusions, or whether the science involved is even possible, but it was still a pleasant journey to go on. Sure, I got infuriated from time to time by Brown’s writing style, in which he sets up a mystery and then takes a dozen chapters to reveal the actual answer, but it also did its job and kept me reading.

What I would say is that it’s worth going out of your way to get a paperback copy if you can. I had the hardback and it was difficult to hold while I read reading it. Admittedly this is totally a firstworld problem and not one that everyone would have, but it did bug me a little bit and hamper my enjoyment. Actually, this may be one of those rare books where it would work better as an e-book or an audio book than when it’s physically in print.

All in all then, I’m glad that I finally picked this up, if only because I’m a completionist and I’ve read all of Brown’s other books. I’ll probably pick the next one up too, assuming there is one, but I won’t be pre-ordering it. I’ll try to grab it from a charity shop if I can. I’ve got to be honest, I fancy my chances. And that’s about all I’ve got.

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Blake Crouch – Dark Matter | Review

Title: Dark Matter

Author: Blake Crouch

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 406

Rating: 4/5

 

 

This is one of those books where I’ve heard loads of good things about it and so where I therefore worried that it might not live up to the hype. There was no need to be scared with this one though, because Crouch is a more than competent writer and the story line and the concept is great here, too.

The problem is that I don’t really want to go too much into that because I don’t want to share any spoilers. Suffice to say that you’re in for a fun little science fiction thriller novel that covers parallel universes and the butterfly effect, the idea that a seemingly insignificant event can have profound repercussions. It’s a concept that’s been done before and I wasn’t sure how well Crouch was going to handle it, but he left me pretty satisfied and so I can’t complain too much.

I was particularly impressed with the way in which it managed to handle being both science fiction and a thriller, because I can see how it would appeal to readers of both genres. I wouldn’t say that I’m a particularly big fan of either genre, and in fact I’m generally disappointed by thrillers,  but this one kept me reading and also had an open ending, which is usually an easy way to get me to like something. I just like that feeling of being able to decide what happened for myself, although I appreciate that not everyone is the same.

 

 

All in all, I thought this was well-written and well-executed with a great concept that allowed for plenty of surprises along the way. It’s one of those rare books where it feels as though there’s not much point trying to guess what’s going to happen because literally anything could happen. When you find a story like that, you don’t really have any choice – you just have to keep on reading because you want to find out what’s going to happen.

So if you’ve heard about Dark Matter and have thought about it but haven’t been ready to jump on in, I’m here to tell you that it’s all good stuff and you’ll probably enjoy it. Better still, it only took me a couple of days to read it, which meant that it didn’t drag. Go and read it.

 

 

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