Starfish

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lalle
lalle
Sat, 14 Dec 2013 17:42:20 +0100

No nonsense hard core reading. All three books (Starfish
Maelstrom and Behemoth) in the "rifters" trilogy are a strong read.


savage23x
savage23x
Wed, 27 Apr 2011 01:16:35 +0200

Read Starfish
Maelstrom and Behemoth the whole rifters trilogy a good mix of hard SF mixed with a fish out of water (sorry folks had too) story. With a world so nuts the people are made even crazier. But like now it’s people that make other people nuts. Strong characters and strong story.


sindrealmost
sindrealmost
Fri, 11 Feb 2011 08:40:27 +0100

Peter Watts has in this book created an underwater world which you are glad to discover and explore along with the people in it. It describes creature’s environments and personalities in such a way that you actually wish you could see for yourself.

There is of course a sinister undertone that starts to hum in the story, and diverges into several different tunes to the point where you are left uncertain to which one you should be humming along to. But this is a good thing, it keeps the suspense,… (more)


Shyammael
Shyammael (1 book)
Tue, 23 Nov 2010 03:55:41 +0100

Thoroughly enjoyed this title, and the rest of the Rifter series (Maelstrom and Behemoth). The characters are colourful, each believably quirky, or is that twisted? The environment is excellently rendered, undersea and on land, with added intensity provided by the depth of researched information woven into the story. Happy to strain my eyes sat up into the wee hours, compelled to finish each once I'd started.


Catana
Catana
Thu, 08 Jul 2010 19:23:15 +0200

Very good, but hard to get into. Lots of technology, characters who aren't particularly likable (and not really knowable), but still engage your interest, if not your sympathy.


Halfacat
Halfacat
Wed, 28 Apr 2010 20:09:48 +0200

really good read, you need to read all three books: starfish, maelstrom, and behemoth. they get progressively better, opening up more of Watt's world. some of the dialogue is a bit tedious and he gets super technical at points where i just kinda skip through it nodding in ignorant agreement.

great stuff on what happens after man made armageddon. read em all.


brainycat
brainycat
Thu, 31 Dec 2009 23:53:28 +0100

Wow. I have not read cyberpunk so engaging, so dark, and so well developed in years. I could not put this series (Starfish, Maelstrom, Behemoth) down - I finished them in a weekend. A week later, I still find myself going over the nuances of the world portrayed in these books.

The ideas, while comfortably within the bounds of traditional cyberpunk, show a flair for detail and an imagination that happily convinced me to suspend my disbelief almost immediately. Once I was engrossed in the world,… (more)


Gwangi
Gwangi
Wed, 23 Dec 2009 03:54:26 +0100

STARFISH by PETER WATTS. The year is 2050. You are part of a work crew three kilometers below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, maintaining the geothermal energy generators that are critical for delivering electricity to an overcrowded world. You and your coworkers have been specially "modified" to handle work in this extreme environment. In fact, you no longer look entirely human, but then how much humanity you possessed before your body was altered is uncertain. It takes a special kind of individual… (more)


eckaterin
eckaterin
Sun, 14 Jun 2009 07:55:49 +0200

The Rifter books are gripping, horrible and fascinating all at the same time. Well written prose, unique characters, well thought out speculative science and merciless in the telling of it all :D

I couldn't put them down (burned the midnight oil on my Kindle) and when I was done I was left with the same uneasy feeling I have after watching movies like Sleepers or Mystic River - I regard the movie highly, would recommend it to a friend, but I have no intention of adding it to my DVD library.

I'll… (more)


jbgrant01
jbgrant01
Wed, 29 Apr 2009 15:39:06 +0200

Excellent. Really enjoyed the book. I have started the next in the series and will continue to read Watts. He has a knack for taking uncomfortable subjects (abuse) and weaving them as a necessary aspect of the story.

Had bad dreams a few nights, but overall, the fallout was worth the read.


arubene
arubene
Sun, 01 Feb 2009 01:04:35 +0100

Wonderful read! First time in a long time that I have had to finish as quickly as possible. Enjoyed the characters, the setting, the plot line. Couldn't wait to continue on to the next book in the series.


carandol
carandol (1 book)
Mon, 25 Feb 2008 22:41:54 +0100

Review (cross-posted from www.mobileread.com)

At the bottom of the Pacific Ocean lies the Channer Vent, a a hydrothermic vent around which monstrous deep-sea fish cluster in the eternal dark. It is here, in the late 21st century, that a major corporation chooses to build Beebe Station, to tap the power generated where two tectonic plates meet. But who would choose to work down there in the dark? Answer, nobody.

Which is why it the criminals, the mentally disturbed, the perverts and murderers, the… (more)


tompe
tompe
Sat, 12 Jan 2008 18:33:38 +0100

I am just reading the book and noticed that for the MobiPocket version on the Gen3 the degree symbol does not work near "Ambient temperature flips from 4..."


countervail
countervail
Thu, 27 Dec 2007 22:10:08 +0100

Brilliant, Simply Brilliant