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Icehenge

Written by: Kim Stanley Robinson
Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
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On the North Pole of Pluto there stands an enigma: a huge circle of standing blocks of ice, built on the pattern of Earth's Stonehenge - but 10 times the size, standing alone at the farthest reaches of the Solar System. What is it? Who came there to build it?

The secret lies, perhaps, in the chaotic decades of the Martian Revolution, in the lost memories of those who have lived for centuries.

©1984 Kim Stanley Robinson (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Ivan the Reviewer
  • 2018-04-03

Great characters, don’t look for closure

KSR has grown on me. Despite his sharp left turns in plots, and the sometimes disappointing and less than heroic realistic conclusions to some stories, he is enthralling to read. His flawed characters striving for more mixed with hard hard science make for a great binge weekend. I hope that the ship of fools gets its own book.

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  • MrkS
  • 2018-07-28

Not my personal favorite(:

The more KSR you read or listen to the better it gets. The factoids and story build. For example, this story mentions several times the mirrors that were initially placed in the original trilogy.

As with most of KSR's writing there is techno-speak, that accurate or not, doesn't directly affect the story and it just pours over your head like heavy rainfall. For me, that doesn't detract from the story.

The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger or soft landing that left me wondering what I had missed? Maybe that was the intention.

I wouldn't recommend this.

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  • James
  • 2018-03-15

Great book by a SciFi master

Icehenge is an excellent, but often overlooked, early novel by Kim Stanley Robinson. The narration is top notch.

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  • J. Billings
  • 2018-04-15

An unusually realistic (& depressing) dystopia.

As a literary experiment, a novel without a single likable character and no conclusion is an interesting concept. But, it makes for a deeply unsatisfying experience for the reader.

Like any Robinson novel, the writing is excellent and the science impeccable. The premise is interesting. But, this is a novel that hates the world, humankind, and the reader. A future filled with petty, selfish jerks who never achieve their objectives may be realistic, but it isn't any fun to read about.

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  • Matt
  • 2019-05-08

Surprisingly anti-climactic

The science, the idea, the writing are all phenomenal. Without question one of KSR’s coolest ideas. Full of the deep research expected from any KSR book. Having listened to every single one of his books, Icehenge is by far bottom of the barrel. The mystery is interesting and was really gripping at moments. But the book only really gripped me in the last hour or so of listening. Overall, decent, but lacks some seriously gripping material.

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  • Diana Hiltz
  • 2018-09-30

Boring!!

Started out interesting, but after the first part, the book became increasingly boring as the hours came and went.

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  • Clyde
  • 2018-09-01

Unresolved meh

This book left me angry, and unhappy with no resolution to the mystery, and no indication of a later resolution.

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  • Roger A Mendez
  • 2018-05-12

One of the most frustrating book I ever listion to

I never write a review but this book made me mad. The 3 Main character in this book kept repeating the same thing over and over and over and over again to the point i wanted to rip my hair out of my head.

Don't waist your time with this book if your looking for a exciting sci fi book. You wont find it here.

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  • jeremym
  • 2018-04-17

Sort of fun

... until you get to the third part and figure out that it's going nowhere.

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  • Stephen T. Nute
  • 2019-04-22

It's kind of a neat pseudo-mystery.

I liked the story. It's in the same universe that Kim always writes in. Not bad, but less than some of his other stories.