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Book Title: Fifty Degrees Below|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 519 KB
v The author of the book: Kim Stanley Robinson
Date of issue: January 30th 2007
ISBN 13: 9780553585810
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Read full description of the books Fifty Degrees Below:Arrrrgh, I really wanted to like this a lot more than I did! The problem is, I can't stand Frank! The last book was evenly split between three point-of-view characters: Anna, workaholic scientist; Charlie, her husband and environmental adviser to a senator, and Frank, a narcissistic professor who enjoys poverty tourism. In this book, we get ONE scene from Anna's point-of-view, two or three from Charlie's (all of which are him worrying about his son, Joe, because Robinson is so intent on making sure we understand that he understands gender stereotyping), and the rest... the painful rest... are the World According To Frank. The endless sociobiological asides, which Frank (Robinson) admits are a character flaw, are as irritating as they were in the last book. We continue to hear in painstaking detail of his pursuit an 'optimodal' lifestyle while the world falls apart around him. There are a whole array of beautiful, strong, intelligent women, who are suddenly nothing but love interests when Frank enters the room. MEANWHILE, THE SEA LEVEL IS RISING, AND WE DON'T GET TO SEE ANY OF IT. I wanted to know more about everyone ELSE'S social adaptations to climate change. Not how it affects a single white male with a huge cash pile to back up his life decisions. All of these huge events are happening -- so we hear, from other characters, or see on the news -- but the only impact we see is that Frank gets a bit chilly and has to move indoors. In my last Frank-related rant, the whole black ops caper thing seems very tacked-on, far-fetched and cliche, thrown in to show how manly and awesome he is when his lady is threatened.
I'm grudgingly saying it was OK, because in the end it did get a little bit more exciting, and the geopolitical details were pretty good. The sheer inertia of Business as Usual also got a look-in. And the weather descriptions seem pretty prescient, given the 'polar vortex' just last month. But the good bits are few and far between. I'd quite like a fan edit that knits together these three books into one good story, which cuts out most of Frank's Inner Life altogether.
Read information about the authorKim Stanley Robinson is an American science fiction writer, probably best known for his award-winning Mars trilogy.
His work delves into ecological and sociological themes regularly, and many of his novels appear to be the direct result of his own scientific fascinations, such as the 15 years of research and lifelong fascination with Mars which culminated in his most famous work. He has, due to his fascination with Mars, become a member of the Mars Society.
Robinson's work has been labeled by reviewers as "literary science fiction".
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