Thursday, August 9, 2007

January reviews Rollback

January Magazine reviews Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer today.

It's a positive review, with some cavils. One comment struck me as ... well, the reviewer writes, "I ... believe that had Sarah been the one to undergo successful treatment, while her husbands had failed, it would have changed a great deal of the story." Well, yeah. Of course. Exactly. I wouldn't have done my job properly had that not been the case. :) What's more interesting, though, is that the female reviewer implies that the choice of a male point of view ... well, she says she "wished" I'd taken the alternative. Granted, that could have been an equally good book, but inherently, prima facie a better one? I don't think so.

Still, the review says, "Rollback is a dynamite science fiction novel that examines some major themes. We get the big story -- communications with aliens -- and a smaller one -- life extension. Both are told cleanly, intelligently and woven together well. A wholly satisfying story."

The full review is here.

The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site


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