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  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra (Jan. 1 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553371347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553371345
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 4.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (314 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,999,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Sapira on Sept. 6 2013
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I liked the concept, and was captivated almost immediately by the story. However, as the story progressed, the novel slowed down significantly, almost to a boring pace. There are several characters of which the story is told from their point of view, but the dry writing style makes it difficult to emphasize with any of the characters - the book feels too scientific and not fun. There is a dash of political intrigue built in which adds an extra layer, but I put this book down many times during my read (out of sheer boredom). If you're looking for good sci-fi, I'd probably start somewhere else.
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Endless and tedious descriptions of imaginary landscapes and geology. Utterly implausible "just so" stories of technical and scientific advances that appear on demand and are implemented on the first attempt. Epic constructions without the economic or industrial foundations they would require. Extreme and two dimensional political characterizations. Credulous lectures on fringe economics and neuroscience.

Suspension of disbelief won't cut it for this mess.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson is without a doubt a must for anyone who loves to read or write about this planet. Certainly it is a huge work from many points of view.
This first book focuses on the first colonization of the planet imagined in the very near future in respect of our present, while the book was written back in 1993. Then it continues in a time span of several decades describing the beginning of a terraforming project.
On the one hand we see the usual optimism of this kind of science fiction to imagine an event of titanic proportions in a relatively short time, which will certainly be denied by the facts. Beyond that, you can hardly call this book a novel. Sure, there are characters and their stories, linked with each other, but from a narrative point of view it seems more like a series of episodes, shown from different points of views, giving us a choral narration, in which there isn't a true protagonist if not Mars itself.
The individual stories, however, appear to be just an excuse for the author's attempt to immerse himself in other fields, mostly scientific ones, although he often tends to lead to sociology, politics, and even psychology. The result is a book that tends to look more like a speculative treaty than a true novel. The characters suffer about that, thus ending up in the margins. Most of them are not making much to be loved. I admit that I had trouble to get fond to them. The only one I really liked is Frank, maybe because I have found him the most human one, with his virtues and especially with his flaws. Too bad he was then hit by the karma of some too politically correct American stories, according to which, if you do something reprehensible, and at the end you have to pay somehow.
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By Amazon Customer on May 18 2014
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Excellent book. One of the best sci-fi novels out there. Good writing and interesting characters make this a really good read.
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Pretty good, creative but some of the characters were flat - responding typically. I will definitely read the rest in the series.
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By Diego Garzon on May 23 2013
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Great research and discription went into this book really enjoyed it. The story on both Mars and discussion on what is happening on Earth are quite realistic. Although sci-fi the dates are not too far off.
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There are lots of stories of meetings with strange alien creatures, and battles in space, etc.
This is not one of those books.
Red mars reads like high grade historic fiction, about the future.
The Book is strongly character driven, and manages to surprise without ever feeling planned or contrived. The descriptions are often long and heavy on science, so if you are hoping for a light read with action scenes etc try somewher else. If you are looking for a book that weaves togeather the lives of dozens of distinct and memorable characters, showing both their strengths and weaknesses and how the two are one and the same, with an accurate depiction of physics, history, biology and trust, then this is a book worth reading.
I swear the author must have had at least a dozen PhD's to write this thing.
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By fastreader TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 6 2012
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This whole series: RED, GREEN and BLUE, fully explores Mars like we wish we could, but can't afford.

Character development as is usual with Kim Stanley Robinson is great as are the various scientific aspects of the books [you actually learn some actual science ].

Lots of adventure and excitement throughout make it an enjoyable read from start to finish. I've read this series twice now, IT'S THAT GOOD.
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