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I came to this with somewhat low expectations, but actually found it a pretty gripping, if sombre, tale of near-future apocaplyse. The viewpoint character, Johnny / Snowman, reminisces about how his friend Crake destroyed humanity in order to replace us with his own genetically engineered version (Oryx being their love). It's a fairly basic sfnal plot, and Atwood does it competently and coherently; not as good a book as he own The Handmaid's Tale (nor as brilliant a treatment of the theme as this), but I found it engaging, if somewhat grim.


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Mar. 28th, 2009 10:28 am (UTC)
Hmm. I didn't like it at all; I found her future world utterly unconvincing and her preoccupations tedious and adolescent. Oh, and of course she doesn't regard it at SF - because SF would be beneath her - so she's completely unaware of where the genre has been before.

It's a shame, because many of her non-SF books are excellent. She's a moose-head on the radio too.
Mar. 28th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
You do have to worry when non-SF writers write SF, as they have a worrying tendency to think that hackneyed old ideas are incredibly original.
Mar. 29th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
I thought "not as brilliant a treatment of the theme as this" would link to Genesis of the Daleks...
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