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Peter Watts – Starfish

This is the story of mentally disturbed people living on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, tending to a geothermal station. Their bodies have been altered, enabling them to withstand the pressure of the briny deep. Like any good story, things get all messed up—one lady loses her marbles, some guy dies, a pedophile goes off to live among the fish, a couple people have sex, and some sort of sentient gel starts running the show.
And one lady even appears to have Google Glass already(this book was published in 1999).

At first, I wanted to give this book a “Five Star(fish)” rating, but that was lame.

In lieu of a number or object based rating system, I’ll say this—Starfish is a good book.

  1. March 3, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    This was my first Peter Watts, and I remember not being sure if I liked it, but at the same time I couldn’t put it down. Then I read Watts’ Blindsight, and holy cow did that book completely blow my mind!!

    • March 3, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      Ha, I guess that’s how I felt about it too. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, and when I finished, I just thought, “Wow, that was a really interesting book!” And yes, Blindsight was mind-blowing!

  2. March 10, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    So ‘bottom of the ocean’ is not exactly what I think of these days when I see the word ‘Starfish’. Hmmm… Wonder what that says about me?

    • March 10, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Maybe the bottom of the ocean was just a giant metaphor…

      • March 10, 2013 at 10:13 pm

        Giant, you say? Hmmm… 😉

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