35 thoughts on “Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson

  1. I have to admit that the premise for this sounds seriously intriguing. But having read your thoughts on the book overall, it seems it can’t execute this one well enough. Having not read the Mars books, I think I will first check those out, before tackling this one. It’s something that happens often when expectations for a writer’s next novel are high, something they just don’t quite deliver. Still three stars isn’t bad I guess. Great post as always 😊

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    1. I believe it would be best to check out his original critically-acclaimed series first just to have a better idea of what the author is all about. But if you ever suddenly wonder what mankind would be like if they were to expand occupation on the Moon and all the political and economic conflicts that could come with it, this story would give you loads of ideas! 🙂 Thanks for reading as always, sir! I appreciate it a lot. 😀

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  2. Such a great review!
    I was quite intrigued by this. Sci-fi murder mystery and all sounded pretty good.
    I don’t think it will be what i expected it to be though, so thanks for all the details 🙂 I’m not really big on books that are all about ideas while the characters are never get a main role.

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  3. I’ve only read “Shaman” and it was excellent, but I can imagine him struggling with the issues you describe… perhaps, when the time comes for a crime story in space, I will finally read the pre-Foundation Asimov books I’ve bought long ago 🙂

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  4. Too bad this one did not held its promises. But yes when I read your summary I thought that it was an extrapolation of what is happening on earth with the rise of China which is now a leading nation.

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    1. Yep! It’s a strong point for this novel. The author does a wonderful job in giving a realistic picture of what the world could be like if China started expanding on the Moon alongside the States, while the States however struggled to be as powerful as China. Thanks for reading, Sophie!! Truly appreciate it. 😀

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  5. I’ve read and reviewed 2312, and Robinson there also had difficulties with character development – it seems to me that this is not his main concern, and that a plot is only a means to present his scientific ideas and social commentary… Full of great ideas, but not such great a storyteller 😉

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    1. Yes, I agree – after reading Shaman – it’s a problem that a few S/F author has, more often that fantasy writers… more interesting in their visions of the future than their characters…

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    1. Hahahaah! You wanted to see how much bashing would go on for this one huh? 😛 It really just had its priorities elsewhere, and anyone who wants to read this should know what they’re in for, otherwise they risk being disappointed. Or at least, they risk taking a whole year to finish it hahah Thanks for reading, Carooo! 😛

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  6. Eeek… feng shui? hahaha, brilliant.
    I do like the sound of the current politico-economic thread making an appearance, alas as I am hopless with scifis and whilst I really like space, I am never really intrigued by stories set in space, Mars or whatever… I mean, massive kudos for authors for being so imaginative but maybe I hold myself back from reading space fiction because I want to know what it would really be like?! Interesting… and great review! 🙂

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    1. I swear, I don’t even remember any of the Chinese terms used throughout the story today, and I can assure you that I didn’t even understand half of them while reading either. It does have a wonderful exploration of politics/economics in a world where living on Moon is now possible though. How it builds it up is totally plausible, and that’s the only redeeming factor of the book for me hahah Thanks for reading, Liz! 😀

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