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After raising some tantalizing religious issues, Philip K. Dick Award-winner Russo fails to deliver a real climax and leaves the plot unresolved in this initially suspenseful but ultimately disappointing novel. Bartolomeo Aguilera, the story's narrator, gives a haunting picture of life on the Argonos, a starship that is home to generations of humans born aboard her; no one remembers the ship's origins--its birthplace may have been Earth--but it drifts year after year "almost at random through the galaxy," without apparent purpose or goal. Finally the ship lands on an unknown planet. There the crew finds a Dante-esque scene in a chamber located deep within a jungle: "There were hundreds of bones scattered about the floor, strips of decayed flesh, pools and smears of viscous fluid. Just as it was impossible to avoid brushing against the hanging skeletons, so was it impossible to avoid stepping on bone or in thick, sticky liquid as I moved through the room." A mutiny follows. Bartolomeo is imprisoned, but when a mysterious ship, seemingly imbued with evil, shows up, he is released and named leader of an exploration team. Here the book becomes largely static and uninvolving. The hoped-for resolution never occurs, the religious questions remain unexplored, while the ending proves an all-too-familiar shaggy-God story. Perhaps a sequel will supply some answers.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The starship Argonos has wandered without purpose through space for hundreds of years when it receives a transmission from a strange planet. For the first time in memory, the crew must make decisions that could change their lives forever. The author of Carlucci's Edge explores the timelessness of space travel and its effects on the human consciousness while simultaneously telling a tale of high adventure and personal drama in the far future. A good choice for most sf collections.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Kinda slow to get going, but once it does there's no looking back. The best ending out of any book I've read in ages.Published on Aug. 4 2010 by M. Shisko
Do not let the excellent wtiting and character development fool you. This is a book that truly underestimates its audience. Read morePublished on May 3 2004 by L. E Notkin
Finally I picked a book which wasn't just a three star average story. I am so glad that I found that book. Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by Christoph Strizik
This is a well-written thematic story. Although it has several subplots, the main storyline is written to demonstrate the power of human curiosity. Read morePublished on Dec 2 2003 by Vynnie
I received this book mistakenly (I'd ordered Katherine Porter's SHIP OF FOOLS...quite different!), but thought I'd give it a read. Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2003 by Nelson Aspen
Some of these reviewers need to lighten up a bit! This was a well written, wonderfully paced book that I read in 3 sittings. Read morePublished on July 17 2003 by Walter Sobchak Esq.
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