Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
Nicholas
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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.
Tags: bookblog 2015, sf: bsfa award, writer: ian watson
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