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am 6. Juli 2000
Red Mars is an excellent book with a fascinating plot and engaging characters. If anything suffers in this epic (the first of a trilogy), it is the actual literary style. The pacing is pleasantly leisurely most of the time but occasionally pages are spent describing geologic features with a stony earnestness and it is here that things become as dry as dust.
There is very little beautiful writing here. No poetry; no breathtaking descriptions (which is what an epic really calls out for). Another down side may be found in the characters themselves. Their personalities are interesting (enough so that one is willing to wade through glacial pages of topographic description), but none of the characters are geniuses and many of the predicaments they face could have been staved off if just one of them had been thinking a little.
All that said I must report that I enjoyed the book. Rumor has it that James Cameron is making a film based on the book (or on all three?), and that should be quite interesting to see. One hopes it just won't have a score by the marginally competent James Horner and...maybe not quite so many rocks...