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The Jonah Kit, by Ian Watson

I'm sorry to say that I bounced off this 1977 BSFA Award winner pretty thoroughly. The basic scientific hook, imprinting a dead cosmonaut's mind onto the brain of a child, is interesting enough, but the general setting of decaying contemporary civilisation is depressing without being completely convincing; whereas the characters are convincingly nasty unpleasant people who it is difficult to get interested in. I bounced off The Miracle Visitors too; Adam Roberts took me to task for that, but has since deleted his post. Well, I have two more Watsons on the shelf, so we'll see if they can pull me round.

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rosefox
May. 21st, 2015 03:12 am (UTC)
I like Watson's short stories, or at least I did the last time I read any, but have never been able to finish (or really start) one of his novels.
pogodragon
May. 23rd, 2015 11:27 am (UTC)
I want to like Ian Watson's writing because he's great in person, either chatting to or listening to on a panel. But I've tried a few of his things and really not got on with them at all.
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