(1) Tue Jan 30 2007 11:07 The Sparrow: Man. Not as good as Fiasco, but more psychically traumatic, so it earns a high place in the "first contact goes catastrophically wrong" subgenre. After a long and excellent buildup the ending lacked a lot of plausibility, but I admire a writer who's willing to develop well-rounded characters and then just kill them off (not a spoiler). The timeline jumped around a lot but it never got confusing except once when there was a flashback inside a flashback. Is the sequel good?
Posted by xtian at Tue Jan 30 2007 13:49
I loved that book.
I didn't like the sequel as much - it includes a trip back to Rakhat, so of necessity it has to cover about 75 years due to relativistic effects. For me that meant it lost the intimate feel the first one had. It's still worth reading, though.