Among my concerns recently I am interested in the topic of a possible third world war. In this regard, this book, without contributing anything particularly innovative, provides us with a story - conveniently dramatized, as corresponds to this type of reading - plausible enough about some causes that could lead (or not) to a dreaded Third World War.
Specifically, the story explains the global political context from different points of view of its protagonists: a CIA spy, an infiltrator in an Islamic terrorist group under her charge, a Chinese vice minister and the madam president of the United States of America. These characters are seasoned with their corresponding sentimental context, bringing us closer to how this story would be told if it were in a movie.
A very entertaining read in which it is not necessary to highlight the talent of Ken Follett, both in his way of captivating us with a good story and in the knowledge necessary to tell it.
lunes, 22 de noviembre de 2021
Never by Ken Follett
martes, 7 de septiembre de 2021
Interference (Semiosis Trilogy #2) by Sue Burke
I can say that I have enjoyed this book as much as the first one, but I must also point out some flaws: the motivation of the characters - especially the earthlings - is a bit disappointing (it reminded me of the horrible movie Prometheus) and as the plot develops it gets somewhat confusing, especially in the ending of the main story (I don't want to go into details). This is something that also happened in the first novel, but here it is more striking.
However, in this novel I think the pros clearly outweigh the cons. As I have already mentioned, the fascinating ecology of Pax along with the personalities of some characters, especially the aliens, captivates you from the first page.
I look forward to this unexpected third novel but at the same time, given the drift of some subplots, I hope it lives up to expectations.
I can read the review of the first novel here.
sábado, 5 de junio de 2021
The Blue World by Jack Vance
If you have read some of my previous reviews you will realize my taste for aquatic science fiction (among other things). Well, here is another aquatic world, this time from the grand master Jack Vance.
miércoles, 14 de abril de 2021
The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts.
jueves, 8 de abril de 2021
Frontera oscura de Sabino Cabeza.
El caso es que en algún momento, a partir de la segunda mitad de la novela, la trama gana en interés y la lectura me resulta más cautivadora. ¿Qué ha pasado? Yo creo que el estilo del autor no ha variado, ni tampoco el ritmo ni nada de eso. Simplemente en algún punto indeterminado se ha establecido una conexión entre la obra y el buen aficionado a la ciencia ficción que me considero (aficionado pero con unas cuantas lagunas, todo sea dicho).
Total, que para mi propia sorpresa, he terminado el libro pensando justo lo contrario, que es para novelas como esta que deben existir premios como el Minotauro, para proporcionar una oportunidad a carreras prometedoras como la de Sabino Cabeza, a quien deseo lo mejor y me quedo con ganas de leer más cosas suyas.
Sobre la historia en sí, muy brevemente: un buen relato de aventuras espaciales de corte clásico es siempre celebrado. Como sabéis, El espacio, la última frontera… .
jueves, 28 de enero de 2021
The Future of Fusion Energy, by Jason Parisi and Justin Ball
Since I am interested in a book that acquaints a layman like me on nuclear fusion, this is an excellent choice.
The book starts with an exposition of the present and future energy needs of humanity, contemplating the possible options: fossil fuels, renewables, and nuclear fission and fusion.
Then it exposes the physical principles and each of the technologies -both of which are many- involved in obtaining fusion energy. It is certainly a very, very complex (and expensive) issue. It should be noted that nuclear fusion -the energy from the sun - has been achieved artificially for more than half a century, with the fusion bombs. "Simply" it is a question of being able to lock up this force and use it for peaceful purposes.
So I realize that it is a very difficult subject to explain for a curious reader without specialized knowledge like me, but I think the book more than succeeds in doing so, with very didactic and understandable explanations -considering the complexity of the matter- and with the help of ingenious metaphors and also also some really funny comments.
Finally, the book also deals with the issue of fusion reactors as the energy that in the future can greatly facilitate space travel throughout the solar system.
Without a doubt the fusion energy itself is an achievable goal, it is only a matter of investment in research, time and also of political will, for example if the great international project ITER can be achieved (planned for 2025). We will have to be patient then, because without a doubt this must be the energy that meets the needs of humanity in the future, if there is a future...
domingo, 3 de enero de 2021
The Atrocity Exhibition by J. G. Ballard.
I assume that I have not understood all that this book offers, maybe a 50% or less, so a rereading will be necessary. For this reason this review is merely a poor impression of the read.
In the last part of the book, the reading becomes a bit -only a bit- diaphanous as we glimpse more clearly a criticism of the hypocrisy of the treatment of violence in the mass media -violence mediated by technology as in the Vietnam War or in the car accidents- and the deceitful seduction of the celebrities praised by these same media.
Despite all the above, for me it is an excellent reading that, as I have indicated, I should reread this book in the future.