- Tapa blanda: 384 páginas
- Editor: St Martin's Press; Edición: Annotated ed. (4 de marzo de 2008)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0765319640
- ISBN-13: 978-0765319647
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº78.341 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
Blindsight (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 4 mar 2008
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"* "This stimulating hard science fiction novel." - Publishers Weekly."
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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 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...Ver Descripción del producto
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Blindsight brought with it a host of interesting ideas, such as the relationship between sentience and intelligence. Herein resides the novel’s biggest strenght: these ideas were deftly twined with the plot and characters. Due to this excellent weave-work, I will surely find myself awoke at night tormented by a mind that refuses to slow.
Tension… it’s so thick I can’t come up with a good enough metaphor to describe it. As I read this book I felt as if my heart would suddenly stop beating. There was this pervasive dread that something horrible would blindside me, would kick me in the solar plexus and leave me gasping.
The plot? This was great. There were plenty of turns and interesting reveals, such as in the beginning when the linguist made a certain discovery about the aliens’ communication. I was left crawling to the next page, desperate to see how things would progress. However, this is Blindsight’s weakest strenght. Towards the end I felt as if the plot started to drop off, and I wish there had been some more bumps in the road, but all in all the plot was enjoyable and engaging.
It would be a lie to say this book doesn’t have its problems, though.
1: Peter Watts has a tendency to be confusing. It’s not the heavy science that’s the problem—I quite enjoyed learning a thing or two as I read—no, this has to do with the way the story is written. The author’s wording is needlessly ambiguous at times and he often fails to provide enough explanation.
He also gives the reader glimpses into the past (of which are interesting) but they aren’t weaved into the narrative very well. For instance, there is one snapshot that gives the reader insight into Amanda Bates’s past, the pacifist warrior mentioned in the blurb. It wasn’t meshed very well into the narrative, and the information itself was told in a needlessly confusing manner.
2: Watts doesn’t do a good job with the imagery side of things. His descriptions are scarce, and those that do exist are AWFULLY written. I found myself unable to see anything that was happening in this book, not even simple still shots. Action sequences were the absolute worse because of his poor imagery prowess. They came off as being a mess that found I myself speeding through to get to the more interesting bits.
The good parts of this book are that it is enjoyable and it did hold my attention until the very end. Also, I enjoyed learning about the alien but again - his relentless tirade at the end about how individuality is abnormal was just over the top. Humans are not colonies - he seemed genuinely disappointed at our anti-borg evolution. Weird. If would have just left the end where it belonged and resisted his urge to spout philosophy at the reader, he'd have a much better book.
My recommendation - read the book, but don't read the author's notes at the end unless you want the whole story ruined for you.
We encounter a number of "post humans" on a mission to understand an alien interloper and artifact, but the central premise of decoupling intelligence from self-awareness, while intellectually interesting, leads to some pretty drab characters with very pessimistic worldviews. We get to see another side of the main character through flashbacks to his one major relationship, but these are tedious and juvenile at their core, while pretending to be sophisticated and insightful. Eventually, I just started skipping over these flashbacks as the chapters wore on.
The author is also a university professor who obviously delights in his "freedom" from the the tyranny of working at for-profit institutions, and this arrogance and naivete also colors the views of the characters in a way I find distinctly unappealing.
Finally, he comes down on the side of a couple of very questionable points of view in a couple of his extrapolations, especially the one about MPD.
Naïve to mildly offensive.
Net, 2 stars for the robust extrapolation, but minus three stars for characters that I just don't care very much about, the arrogant tone, and the juvenile approach to relationships.
Just not for me.