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I first read this in April 2000 and most recently on the 28th January 2010
American Henry Meacher tries to save the Earth and his Scottish
Girlfriend from a planet-eating
nano-technology that has already destroyed Venus.
But Henry - brighter than a brass button - spots that the moon is still holding together and
decides a trip up there would be of use.
He's done it again. What starts off as a perfectly acceptable
thriller about brilliant scientists discovering a global disaster
metamorphoses into nostalgic remembrance of passing time. Either
Stephen has an obsession about looking back or he just can't work out
how to wind up a plot crisply. Max's (i.e. moi's) motto is of course
"Never look back" (and as far as I know there's never been anything
behind me worthy of attention). I would simply have had Henry whisk
Jane out of Scotland and for them together to have whipped up some
thingymijig to neutralize the Moonseed. I could have done that within
100 pages, without the great writing of course. However Stephen, bless his cotton socks,
drags it on for
662 pages in my edition and still doesn't quite tie up all the plot
strings. Have to be a bit careful here though - I was losing interest
and stopped 20 pages from the end this time around.
So yes, it's great writing, great imagination, but there's a certain
One might say the same thing about the King Crimson's 'Moonseed' track on their
classic and magnificent album "In the Court of the Crimson King". Moonseed, unlike all the other tracks, is similarly lacking in tautness, in my view.
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