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However Hector is amazed when the section of Earth that the ranch is on suddenly breaks free from the rest of the planet during the collisi To me it didn t seem like the author of this book really thought out the book before he wrote it Most of the time he wouldn t really write than five pages before one of the characters would think of something that didn t relate at all to the plot It made it very hard to remember what was going on in the book if I picked it up later especially if I had set the book down without marking my page In my opinion Splinter by Adam Roberts was poorly written but at least provided me with an idea I hadn t seen before I didn t love this book because it was very hard to follow and underwhelming for such a cool idea I had never read anything with this idea before and I was expecting a lot just to be let down One thing that I think could have either been done better or just left out entirely was the backstory The author mentions the main characters ex girlfriend a lot when as a character she adds nothing to the plot or storyline There were also a lot of loose ends in the story that were never wrapped up One of these was the plant that started growing on their land It seemed like the author was making up the plant to serve his purposes by filling in plot holes like why the characters didn t just grow food outside of the house The final thing that really annoyed me about this book was the ending The ending of a book should finish the story and wrap up all of the loose ends However after reading the ending of the book I was left with uestions then I had before Those were just a few of the reasons that I dislike this bookWhile this book could have been an amazing story with new ideas in the end it was just a letdown

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Splinter

Hector travels across America to visit his father on a ranch He discovers that he has constructed a cult who await the impact of an asteroid This was supposed to be a SciFi book Instead it was a book that took a science fiction premise one that was unsuccessfully used by Jules Verne and used that to try to make a grandiose point about life I didn t care much for the grandiose point The science fiction was way off as well Heck it was so off that I couldn t believe anything going on in the story But if I tried to ignore the bad science the grandiose story doesn t even have a chance to hold upWhat s the bad science Something impacts with the earth while the main character is visiting his dad s communeranch The ranch just happens to be in a prime spot while the earth is broken into fragments and no one else is believed to survive Gravity remains close which is attempted to be explained by the thing that impacts being lodged in the fragment he s on and it s dense enough to still provide consistent gravity Atmosphere is still maintained at a constant pressure But this constant isn t consistent on the whole fragment While I can t buy it neither can the main character That is until the end when the important grandiose part of the story comes aboutIf you can sit through this you ll find out that the grandiose revelation is one of the oldest cliches in the whole of science fiction and some religions For that kind of payoff you ll probably end up feeling as cheated as me

characters Splinter

On He struggles with his skepticism and acceptance of the fact that he is part of the remnants of the human race on a splinter from the Eart I m definitely the target audience for this book exceedingly clever and imaginative thinking combined with the author s trademark gorgeous prose His cleverness is sometimes stultifying as it can be too much at once But his sensitivity to his characters and their emotional plight always tempers the cleverness Case in point SPLINTER features two major flashbacks both of which appear thematically relevant than narratively relevant In the first the protagonist remembers thinking nothing is original and then becoming irritated because he isn t even the first to come up with that idea Secondly the emotional climax of the novel reveals in flashback a bike collision between the protagonist and a girl he was crushing on Written like Will Self than Roberts this final flashback ties together many of the themes of the novel collision separation maturity by violent and destructive means It ends with no answers how I like em and offers a gentle suggestion that perhaps the protagonist has finally or will finally reach adulthood


10 thoughts on “Splinter

  1. says:

    This was supposed to be a SciFi book Instead it was a book that took a science fiction premise one that was unsuccessfully used by Jules Verne a

  2. says:

    This book is SO hard to get into The main character is totally unlikeable It doesn't help that he's a walking dick acts like one plus every woman he sees he's wondering how to get into her pants and talks about how badly he needs to get laid My fiance gave up before the end of chapter one but I'm trying to drag myself through it My hopes are not high081809 Finished it The last chapter or so is written in the future tense which

  3. says:

    I've only gotten about a third of the way into this one and have started reading something else so it may be a non finisher It's not awful just hard to connect with mostly because of the main character The basic ideas storytelling are OK if a little outdated in terms of science fiction end of the world concepts

  4. says:

    To me it didn’t seem like the author of this book really thought out the book before he wrote it Most of the time he wouldn’t really write than five pages before one of the characters would think of something that didn’t relate at all to the plot It made it very hard to remember what was going on in the b

  5. says:

    15 stars felt like author intended to write about a father son thingbut with the cult and the mystery of the wasted world outside and the nonsensical nature of staying in a house with people who believe the world has literally broken apart like tectonically broken and the crazy characters that well they're the followers of the cu

  6. says:

    Inspired by one of Jules Verne's less known books this is the story of what happens to a small group of people when a splinter of earth survives the destruction of the planet To be honest it's mostly the story of one middle aged man who refuses to believe what has happened and of his coming to terms with it It's uite well written and does evoke the style of novels written in an earlier time but I found it a b

  7. says:

    Splinter is a reworking of the lesser known work Off on a Comet by Jules Verne that began life as a short story for an anthology However this is not just a simple reworking of the tropes used in Verne's story but a whole new approach in fact both stories could not be different Whilst Verne was famous for his info dumps of actual scientific knowledge to explain the fantastical elements of the tale Adam Roberts is concer

  8. says:

    I'm definitely the target audience for this book exceedingly clever and imaginative thinking combined with the author's trademark gorgeous prose His cleverness is sometimes stultifying as it can be too much at once But his sensitivity to his characters and their emotional plight always tempers the cleverness Case in point

  9. says:

    I would've like this book a lot if it wasn't focused on sex sex sex All the main character thought about was sex with seemingly every female that was present in the story He just went through what is purportedly the End of the World a

  10. says:

    The relations between father and son and reality and unreality form the core of this literary sf novel which is haunting mesmerizing and a page turner to boot I put sf in uotes because except for furthering the premise of the less well known Verne Hector Servadac or Off on a Comet the book has nothing to do with usual sf and if you look for that you will be disappointedRather you can interpret the novel as an extended dream all

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