- Paperback: 275 pages
- Publisher: 47North (Oct. 18 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781612180861
- ISBN-13: 978-1612180861
- ASIN: 1612180868
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 363 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,008,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mercury Rises Paperback – Oct 18 2011
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About the Author
Robert Kroese’s sense of irony was honed growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan—home of the Amway Corporation and the Gerald R. Ford Museum, and the first city in the United States to fluoridate its water supply. In second grade, he wrote his first novel, the saga of Captain Bill and his spaceship Thee Eagle. This turned out to be the high point of his academic career. After barely graduating from Calvin College in 1992 with a philosophy degree, he was fired from a variety of jobs before moving to California, where he stumbled into software development. As this job required neither punctuality nor a sense of direction, he excelled at it. In 2009, he called upon his extensive knowledge of useless information and love of explosions to write his first novel, Mercury Falls. Since then, he has written nine more novels and learned to play the guitar very poorly.
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The novels in Robert Kroese's "Mercury" series are:
1. Mercury Falls (Mercury Series Book 1)
2. Mercury Rises (Mercury Series Book 2)
3. Mercury Rests (Mercury Series Book 3)
4. Mercury Revolts: (Book Four of the Mercury Series)
So, for a while I was a bit concerned because the book seemed to start off a bit disjointed as it tried to pick up the threads from the last story and weave in a few new ones that would come into play later on. Because of this approach (or I don't know, perhaps just mood I was in at the time), it took me a good 20-25% of the book to find that groove that I enjoyed so much in the first book. I think part of it for me as well is that the main two characters aren't even reunited in the book until 70% of the way through the book.
Still, the book did find it's groove and once it did, it was consistently good the rest of the way throughout. All the satire, action and twists that were present in the first are here in abundance as well. In some ways, this book actually weaves a more intricate story with many interconnected threads than the first. Also, as someone who also enjoys reading about theoretical physics from time to time, there was a lot of fun stuff covered in that domain as well so that added some nice layers to the story I appreciated.
Still very much in the same vein as a Pratchett - though Kroese definitely has his own voice - this satire about the Apocalypse is a great follow-up to Mercury Falls and sets up the story very nicely for the final book in the trilogy. Definitely recommended for any fans of the genre or just plain old quality, fun story telling.
The problem was, there wasn't really much Mercury and Christine or general ridiculousness. I'm not saying it was a bad book, but it wasn't nearly as fun and light-hearted as the first one. What I loved best about Mercury Falls was its ability to point out the silliness of certain religious and philosophical standards without seeming angry or preachy. In Mercury Rises, there's less of that whimsy, and it feels more like the book is trying to make a point. Also the footnotes are much less fun.
This book is also about the Apocalypse. But since we already did the Revelations version in Mercury Falls, this one had to be different, with the result that the story, particularly the Ancient Babylon scenes, didn't really seem to have a point until the end (although I still wasn't entirely certain the Ancient Babylon scenes were necessary). And it is lucky I find theoretical physics interesting, because there is quite a bit of it in this book. The examples and analogies were actually pretty good, but if hearing about quarks and relativity makes your eyes glaze over, this may not be your thing. It's certainly not the entire book - you could easily skim over those parts without really missing much - but fair warning, there is plenty of it.
Even though Mercury Rises had a lot of Mercury and a lot of Christine, there wasn't very much Mercury-and-Christine, which as it turns out may have been key to the last book. When they finally did meet again, I think the book improved. Still not to the level of the previous one, but I did enjoy it more.
So. First, Mercury Falls is awesome and you should read it. Second, even though this book wasn't as good, it wasn't bad either. It had an interesting plot and was still pretty funny. It just sounds bad because I'm comparing it to the first one. And third, I will most definitely read book three when it comes out.