13 September 2011

Book Review: Smallworld

When I discovered my new Android phone hasd a Kindle app, I knew I'd made the right choice in getting away from Blackberry. One of the first books I downloaded (for free, even!) was Dominic Green's "Smallworld," and it's turned out to be the first book I read through completely on my phone.

This book tells the story, in episodic chapters, of Mount Ararat. This is an asteroid circling a red star that, due to its super-dense core, supports an earth-like gravity (about half earth gravity, I believe) and holds an atmosphere. The inhabitants (at the story's beginning, at least) are the survivors of an attempt at colonization plus an eccentric hermit. A mini-agrarian society, they have odd religious names, "Reborn-in-Jesus" being the predominant surname.

Though I've seen some reviews where readers were put off by the format of this book and its apparent lack of a single driving storyline, I thought it made perfect sense. It was like a rather twisted version of Little House On The Prairie set on an astral body smaller than a planetoid. 

Had this not been a free book for the Kindle, it would have been worthwhile in paperback for a few dollars as well.  If you have a Kindle or a Kindle app and enjoy science fiction, download a copy of Smallworld. I think you'll like it.

See Also:
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