Earlier today I started listening to The Martian by Andy Weir. I wasn’t really sure what I was in for but so far I love it. I see a lot of similarities to Seveneves actually. Space, dire situation, people desperately trying to solve problems both big and small with whatever they’ve got at hand.
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V_8 juli, 2021 15:38
@MrHenko certainly an intriguing combination. But both of these books also have a lot in common, I think now. Both are slow starting behemoths and then take unexpected turns all along.
MrHenko8 juli, 2021 16:02
@V_ Yes indeed, they have a lot in common. Which makes the contrast in approach by their respective characters even more different.
Another thing they have in common is that I could make a compelling argument why both of them should be shortened to almost half their length, while I could make just as compelling an argument why both should be twice as long.
One more interesting difference between them is the authors approach to the science involved. If King were Stephenson, the parts about winding the coils at the power plant would include a lot of infodumps about the relation between the width of the coil, the length and gauge of the wire and the power they can pass. :)
V_9 juli, 2021 16:37
@MrHenko, I can follow your argument to shorten both books – whereas I would shorten the Stand more than Seveneves. The latter, I would actually like to have more of the last part. The new age felt quite rushed compared to the beginning.
And the part about the wire gauges and lengths is so true :-D
MrHenko11 juli, 2021 00:52
@V_ I agree, if I could add length to just one of them it would be Seveneves. I’d happily have read a ”Book 4: Another 1000 years later”.
And I just finished The Stand and realized that I’d missed an entire episode of the tv adaptation that I watched earlier this year but I liked how I thought the show ended, just after the big thing in Vegas. I don’t need to know about the rest, really, so the book could end there as well.
Still, I wouldn’t have minded it being another 200 pages longer and full of Stephenson-esque digressions.