2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

Now that I have had a little time to reflect on this review, I feel I was a bit harsh. It’s actually a great book, perhaps even seminal. I just wish I had enjoyed reading it more. For some reason, the characters never lept to life for me, but I suppose having that and great sci-fi ideas is asking too much. Could be my fault; other seem to have no problems.

5 Responses to “2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

  • I stopped at half way. The characters were much too annoying and the writing style was irritating.

  • This was my favorite of all his novels. I loved the characters and strongly identified with a lot of what they did. KSR's style is an acquired taste, but if you acquire it, nothing else really compares.

  • Excellent review, as usual. Excellent timing as well: I just finished 2312 today. You echo a lot of thoughts I had while also providing an informed perspective that I lack. Nevertheless, I too got the sense that he is consolidating and revisiting things from his previous works.

    Marlene Detierro (Colorado Springs Boiler Repair)

  • Thanks for the kind words, Marlene. Perhaps KSR's grumpiness is not hard to understand, given these difficult times.

  • Got the book as a gift.
    A third on the way in and have a hard time to pick it up.
    Have read SF for the last 50 years and this is something that I "might" have liked 50 years ago. It is sooo passé.
    So many boring details that are not believable. Even with the acceleration in progress those technologies cannot be ready and deployed within 300 years.
    I don't understand how come this brick got the Nebula award.