From: "magellia branti" <oorganokey@...
> -What did you think of Moonseed /Baxter and the Golden
I'm still in the middle of both of them, but I'll give you my first
'Moonseed' is really gripping, and I'm looking forward to seeing what
further tricks Baxter has up his sleeve. The characters range from the
really interesting, if slighly cliched, to the less interesting and more 2D.
But Baxter isn't writing a novel /about/ these characters, in a
psychological or emotional sense, but rather he's writing a novel about a
series of events and developments and dramas, which touch on these various
lives. He's very good at exploring how people react in certain situations,
to different events. And the imagination behind the events and the drama is
crucial - Baxter is brilliant at constructing tension and excitement out of
a heady mix of space travel, geology, and exploding planets.
'The Golden Globe' is a completely different book, so far as I can tell. I'm
in the early stages, but because it is written in the first person, in the
voice of a particularly zany space-thespian, the characters and events
really spring to life off the page. This one looks like it'll be great fun,
but one which requires careful attention.
Hope this helps.
More when I finish them.