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Just Reviewed Joan Slonczewski’s “The Highest Frontier” at SBR

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Folks, I enjoyed the science, but not the characterization, of Joan Slonczewski’s newest novel, THE HIGHEST FRONTIER.  Slonczewski’s novel is very strong, scientifically, as makes sense due to Slonczewski’s own scientific background.  What I hadn’t expected is the dearth of characterization, as the main character, Jennifer Ramos Kennedy (scion of two Presidential families, one being those Kennedys), while likable,  just wasn’t strong enough to hang a book around.

This made writing a review for THE HIGHEST FRONTIER more difficult than it might’ve otherwise been, as the “sense of wonder” feeling was definitely present, and in style.  I admired the science, the world-building, the intense detailing, and everything that went up into making a near-future world (our Earth, set about 100 years in the future) both plausible and palpable.

Anyway, please go read my review at SBR and tell me what you think:

http://shinybookreview.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/joan-slonczewskis-the-highest-frontier-great-science-iffy-characterization/

Enjoy!

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Written by Barb Caffrey

January 12, 2012 at 6:44 pm

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