i like the cassandra project betterI finished Jack McDevitt's The Hercules Text and I found it uneven. It falls into the category of "Books I should love, but somehow don't" category for me. I've enjoyed a lot of McDevitt's other books so I don't think it's anything about his style that is at work. Secondly, one of my favorite S.F. categories is First Contact. Thirdly, religion/philosophy/ethics plays a key role, another huge point in its favor for me. Fourthly, some sharp arguments were made that made me think and consider my own views. Still, somehow it fell short.
It was published just after Carl Sagan's Contact, with which it has some affinity, i.e. Radio message from the stars and how does the world respond. But the climax is completely different. ---- I'll stop here so as not to spoil the book. ---- But I will say that I found the ending to not be the logical one, which counts down for me. Also, it seemed that a large part of the book consisted of less than riveting dialogue. Even with the extensive re-write McDevitt did, it still read like someone feeling their way into writing a novel, while having truly wonderful ideas.
Rating a weak 4 stars.
Next up Ganymede Wakes by Joshua T. Calvert
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