Cradle Of Saturn
Copyright 1999 by
I first read this in March 2001.
Oh dear why do I keep giving in, against my better judgement, and buy
Hogan packs these books full of exciting ideas, drama, carefully
constructed plots and what comes out? A book that I have to force
myself to read just to see if any of the good ideas pan-out into
something thought-provoking, and all the time fighting the urge to
just close the book and give it to someone I donít like. Look at
"While it was still morning in California, a train
of meteorite impacts stitched itís way like a gigantic bombing run over
the tip of South America and across the southern Atlantic to beyond the
Now this is stirring stuff and I should have been gripped tight with
tension, shotting Tequila, smoking furiously and with some loud rock
blasting away in the background. But no, Iím laying on the floor the
radioís playing some anonymous J-pop, Iím wondering whether there might
be something on the TV and should I just check, and my arm is getting
really tired turning the pages.
So whatís wrong with Hoganís books? Beats me, Iíve read half a dozen
since the Ď70s (canít remember the Ď60s, of course) and they never
quite make it. I never believe in the characters, Iím never convinced by the plot and I never enjoy them.
Well, itís either me or the writing. So itís the writing.
Having said all this, I do vaguely recollect that they didnít
seem quite so bad when I was a young teenager, under sixteen, so that
age group may enjoy them. But Iíd recommend reading Larry Niven instead.
Ok, thereís one small saving grace: a nice quote. The President is just
announcing to the public the full scale of the imminent disaster . To
her surprise the First Lady is asked whether she and children will be
escaping to some place safe from the destruction about to rain down
on them. In reply she quotes the British Queen Mothersí response when
asked if she would be moving her children out of London to escape the
WWII Blitz. The then Queen replied:
"They wonít go unless I
go. I wonít go unless the King goes. And the King wonít go under any
Loaded on the 16th May 2001.