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Marina J. Lostetter

Forfatter af Noumenon

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Omfatter også følgende navne: Marina Lostetter, Marina J. lostetter


Værker af Marina J. Lostetter

Noumenon (2017) 328 eksemplarer
The Helm of Midnight (2021) 188 eksemplarer
Noumenon Infinity (2018) 126 eksemplarer
Activation Degradation (2021) 84 eksemplarer
Noumenon Ultra: A Novel (2020) 56 eksemplarer
The Cage of Dark Hours (2023) 35 eksemplarer
Lifeboats (2017) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Aliens: Bug Hunt (2017) — Bidragyder — 80 eksemplarer
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume XXIX (2013) — Bidragyder — 61 eksemplarer
Fantasy for Good: A Charitable Anthology (2014) — Bidragyder — 45 eksemplarer
2014 Campbellian Anthology (2014) — Bidragyder — 23 eksemplarer
The Best of Galaxy's Edge 2013-2014 (2014) — Bidragyder — 18 eksemplarer
Free Short Stories 2014 (2014) — Bidragyder — 10 eksemplarer
Uncanny Magazine Issue 22: May/June 2018 (2018) — Bidragyder — 10 eksemplarer
2013 Campbellian Pre-Reading Anthology (2013) — Bidragyder — 7 eksemplarer
Shimmer 2015: The Collected Stories (2016) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer
Nightmare Magazine, February 2015 (2015) — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer

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Not a bad book, but it's not of the same order as Murderbot, so I don't think the comparison is helping it any. The beginning is a bit boring. Unit Four is nice, but not quite as engaging as Murderbot. The other characters remind me a bit of Firefly.
zjakkelien | 10 andre anmeldelser | Jan 2, 2024 |
hubrisinmotion | 7 andre anmeldelser | Nov 14, 2023 |
I really loved this book. It was creepy and full of horror. The world and the magic system were fascinating and I grew to really care about all the characters. I can’t wait to see where the next book goes.
cdaley | 6 andre anmeldelser | Nov 2, 2023 |
I really dislike giving two-star reviews to books that I kinda liked. But that is this book. At several points, I thought, "Oh, here we go, now we're... oh, nevermind." The starting seemed YA-ish, and then I thought it was going to pick up a more adult voice: wait, nope. The mysterious alien artifacts are speaking directly into the main character's (clone's) mind: wait, nope. The ship AI goes all HAL 9000: wait, nope (it can't even seem to go HAL 100.) Earth is mysteriously silent, did something happen: wait, nope.

Then there is the "sci"-fi part of this. This fails in so many small ways. I have my own "theories" of sci-fi (don't explain the tech, fail in one big way because people will just build the universe around that, etc.) This book shows why. Attempts are made right and left to say in throw-off ways how stuff works, and it fails. E.g. they need long-term storage of information that is incorruptible. The solution? Single copies stored on DNA... so that even low levels of ionizing radiation corrupt it, or reading the DNA destroys it (which seems to be a misunderstanding/translation of what happens inside biological DNA systems...) Why not store the information in a more durable format? Or store a billion copies in DNA? Or store the information in multiple locations?

Finally, there is just too much here. The episodic/generational storytelling doesn't work here because there is too much. I think (well, clearly) the author was trying to get into the evolution (or, perhaps, chaotic development) of societies, but... it's just not executed well enough. We're the pinnacle of social evolution (...including being genetically optimal.) Now we're deciding to filter out/genocide-lite "lines" of people because of mental illness, rebellion, suicide, etc. (Ok, so-far so-Nazi.) Now we have a slave society. Now we get rid of slavery, but we've got a (still genetically based) social hierarchy. Meanwhile, back on Earth, everyone is navel-gazing or entertained to death or just living their lives (its abundantly unclear) but has decided (and stayed decided, for like 2000 years), that nothing else is interesting other than their semi-uploaded reality... except that there is still a scarcity economy and something like mercantilism or maybe state capitalism around... coffee and chocolate (because terrorists blew up the seedbanks.)

WTF? Why stop there. Add some grey-goo, a religious cult, and a couple of kitchen sinks.

Actually, why am I giving this two stars? Mostly for my residual high hopes, I think.
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dcunning11235 | 14 andre anmeldelser | Aug 12, 2023 |



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