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While entertaining in some ways, this book just didn't handle character conflict well--that is, what little character conflict there is. Everyone gets along more-or-less, no one holds grudges for long, and romantic possibilities are all fulfilled with clock-like regularity. Everyone is chummy and solves difficult intellectual problems for breakfast. Political and cultural differences are described, but cause no significant conflicts with one anticlimactic exception. The plot unfolds with the sa While entertaining in some ways, this book just didn't handle character conflict well--that is, what little character conflict there is.

The plot unfolds with the same clock-like precision and predictability. An unusual paleontological find leads some scientists to an unusual theory--which just so happens to be confirmed by one of the same scientists in a completely different field a few years later. What a crazy random happenstance. The find leads the scientists to Mars, of all places, where the conflict is flat and one obstacle after another is dispatched with a minimum of suspense.

That would be fine if there were some extrapolation of the implications of the discoveries made on Mars: but mostly they aren't extrapolated at all. In the end, the book reads more like backstory than actual story. While the book is probably intended as a sweeping adventure on a distant world, its lack of suspense robs it of any real resonance.

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I hoped that the end of the book would offer something inspiring, at least, to justify the pages--but the end fizzles. Still, I enjoyed the ideas. And I actually really enjoyed the first half of the book, but it soon became a bit of a drag as it became evident that none of the arcs were going to make any unpredicted turns. I hate to be negative about a book, but there it is.

I've enjoyed other work by Eric Flint, but this just didn't work for me. If you're interested in interplanetary travel, this might interest you--but there are better novels out there for that. Despite its length, this book comes off as too shallow in plot and character with too little payoff in the end. Sep 13, Ron rated it it was amazing Shelves: maps , ebook , science-fiction. Most of his space operas and alternate histories are popcorn for the brain.

Boundary raises several serious issues and melds them into an engaging plot with engaging characters. The cover gives away a lot. The Goodreads. Boundary is not great literature nor by any means perfect. Why are all the guys hunks and all the girls babes? Why is it that everyone is so blessed reasonable, except for a few obvious foils? Go to this link to find that discussion.

This was fascinating to me as an exercise in very creative thinking set to terrible prose. I actually think some clever thinking went into planning a realistic novel set on a space mission to Mars, but it was written like exactly what you'd expect a novel about a space mission to Mars would sound like. Terrible dialog, predictable characters, the whole bad-sci-fi deal. Jul 29, Dorian rated it really liked it Shelves: other-ebooks.

It's H. Beam Piper's fault really. He wrote this great short story called "Omnilingual", which is about human archaeologists on Mars, trying to decipher the ancient Martian language. I read it at an impressionable age, and ever since I've had this Thing for stories about xenoarchaeology of which there are far too few, by the way. Anyway, "Boundary" hits all those buttons. Alien race, now presumably dead, check.

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Alien artefacts still extant, check. Humans now finding said artefacts and trying It's H. Humans now finding said artefacts and trying to make sense of them, check. All of this In Space, hell yeah check.

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These things make me happy. A fossil like nothing Our Heroine a respected paeleontologist has ever seen before. A fossil, in fact, like nothing on Earth. Then the action moves to her friends, who are in various ways working on getting to Mars, and Our Hero remote sensing and computer imaging geek extraordinaire makes a startling discovery on Mars' moon Phobos. Pretty soon Hero, Heroine and friends are heading for Phobos. And later, down to Mars. And there is stuff going wrong, sometimes catastrophically. And people pulling inspired solutions out of their asses. And awful puns.

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And great characters and character interactions. And shiny science. And xenoarchaeology! Mar 02, John rated it did not like it Shelves: sf-fantasy. Hundreds of pages of lectures, repetitive explication, full minutes of administrative meetings and characters thinking about sexand, oh yeah, at odd intervals discovering evidence of aliens on Earth and Mars millions of years ago.

In outline the plot is promising enough, but the actual author didn't bring anything to the table beyond a science background which he wants to lay out in excruciating detail because of course his readers won't know any of that stuff and a knack for banter which i Hundreds of pages of lectures, repetitive explication, full minutes of administrative meetings and characters thinking about sexand, oh yeah, at odd intervals discovering evidence of aliens on Earth and Mars millions of years ago.

In outline the plot is promising enough, but the actual author didn't bring anything to the table beyond a science background which he wants to lay out in excruciating detail because of course his readers won't know any of that stuff and a knack for banter which is thoroughly overplayed. Maybe he was being paid by the word. Boundary begins with a couple of young people stumbling upon an unusual rock. When the rock is handed over to scientists, a palaeontologist realises that it is a fossil. Through extensive testing and some scandalous theories, it is found that the fossils discovered do not belong to any creatures that existed on Earth.

Instead, they are creatures from Mars; literally dinosaurs from deep space! This kicks off one of the most important expeditions humankind has ever embarked on. One of the best qu Boundary begins with a couple of young people stumbling upon an unusual rock. One of the best qualities to this book are all the different sorts of sciences mentioned. We have palaeontology, astronomy, geology, mineralogy, linguistics, astrophysics, and more.

Each one of them contributes in one way or another to the overarching plot line. Titbits from this corner and that corner are meticulously and fluidly woven together to create a very genuine and believable futuristic setting where humans go to Mars to learn more about what has been discovered.

If you are a fan of hard sciences, then you will positively love it in Boundary! If you are not too familiar with hard sciences, I believe that you will find pleasure in some of it, but not all of it. The authors do a great job of making a few of the more complex fields accessible to readers who may not have much knowledge or understanding of those respective fields, but that sort of approachability is not a trend that lasts for the entire duration of the book.

I love palaeontology, astronomy, and astrophysics, but I am not too great with geology or mineralogy. I also do not have much patience for super technical aspects of engineering i. When those portions came up, it made it challenging for me to stay one-hundred-percent focused and I found myself feeling bored.


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I think if there was a decent segue into them with a brief explanation, then I would have had much more fun. Another good example of imbalances in the book relate to the main topic of the novel. A huge chunk of the book is essentially a narrative of him getting all of this together, probably about two hundred fifty to three hundred pages. He faces plenty of real-life obstacles and nothing is convenient, which I loved. Nonetheless, it is slow, consists of many time jumps without context or mention as a reader, we learn of these time jumps through character dialogue about ninety percent of the time, or the narrator conveniently drops a sentence very briefly mentioning it , and felt unnecessarily prolonged.

The authors took their time listing almost every single detail of how things come together.


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  4. While I love a good building of atmosphere and I appreciate when a writer can create an environment that touches on every sense, I also believe in too-much information, which sucks all the imagination out of the reading experience. I was being told all these things rather than being able to escape into the world and surroundings. Eventually everything does fit together through various plot points, and tension is finally introduced, helping the book gain much-needed speed.

    But we run into the same problems sporadically towards the last third of the novel, where things are supposed to kick-in and really grab the reader but fall horridly short and tedious. It got to the point where the big revelations left me feeling rather apathetic because their execution was so mundane and lacklustre. Regardless of the dull nature of the writing style, there are a few more qualities that are excellent. Similarly, to the wonderful variety of scientific subjects, there is plenty of diversity in the cast. We have a black male in a prominent leadership position, an intelligent, headstrong woman in another leadership position, scientists who are Indian, Japanese, and of a couple other non-white races.

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    There is romance, but its subtle and lingers in the background as a natural evolution of relationships between adults who spend a lot of time together. While there is quite a bit of casual flirting, there are no graphic sex scenes. I felt this helped keep the focus on the story. I always appreciate it when a book does not add something just for the hell of it. I also found the political intrigue to be quite fascinating. When I think of ground-breaking discoveries, I rarely contemplate how this affects countries who are vying for the upper-hand politically speaking.

    There are so many elements that go into why something jaw-dropping should or should not be revealed to the public or shared with foreign powers that the average person never thinks about. The book sheds light on those parts of foreign affairs, especially where space travel and technology are concerned, in a way that is easy to understand, while being methodical and complex.

    It was superbly written and portrayed and was one of the few parts of the book that had me completely hooked. Overall, Boundary is not a bad book by any means. It is most obviously the first instalment in a series, which is what creates a lot of its shortcomings. The book spends more time than necessary to really set up the foundation for events that I suspect will unfold as the series progresses forward. This is not a bad thing at all, but it leaves the novel feeling under-polished and rather incomplete in many ways.

    The authors are fantastic writers of hard science and political intrigue but need more practise with the art of building tension and suspense and holding back on the overflow of descriptives. I do recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading hard science-fiction, more so if you have an affinity for diverse branches of science, plus people who find political conspiracies to be interesting. However, if you are someone who likes to use your imagination, or if you do not particularly care for slower narratives, go into it with a grain of salt, or avoid it entirely.

    I will say that I am invested enough in the world and storyline that has been created and I plan on reading more of the Boundary series in the future, but it is definitely not a series I can read back-to-back. Not about dinosaurs. Ancient alien base discovered on mars.

    Pretty good space opera. I picked up Castaway Planet 4 in the series thinking it was the start of a new series. I found this one interesting I'm not sure if the authors likely Spoor, not Flint got better as they went or the beginning was poorly edited, or I was overly cynical but the first 50 pages or so reminded me of the old trope you'd hit in golden age scifi of "Well, as you know Joe, nonsense nonsense plot nonsense".


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    8. Eventually I did get into the story. As a geologist, and a planetary geologist specializing I picked up Castaway Planet 4 in the series thinking it was the start of a new series. Nothing was exactly wrong, it just wasn't quite right.

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      A lot of significance was attached to this position, as if there were something magical about touching the top of a particular unit. There is not. That could be a day later, a year later, or 10s of millions of years later WITHOUT even accounting for the possibility of an erosional surface causing an unconformity. As a example, there is a unit in CO that is igneous, and is overlain by a sandstone that is MY younger. So, yeah, there's that. I'm curious to see what happens next, and how we get to Castaway Planet - which still sounds like the start of a series that would push some of my reader buttons.

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      So, I'll add this to the spreadsheet for now and see where it goes. Ignore the cover art, the book is great I don't know what possessed me to download the sample of this book as the cover art made it look like some sort of garish pulp fiction dinosaur adventure. However, ignore the dinosaurs they are relevant but don't let them sidetrack you as this is good quality hard sci fi. The premise - a paleontologist makes an unlikely discovery that results in her being drafted into the first expedition to Mars - is excellent and the unfolding plot is clever and inspire Ignore the cover art, the book is great I don't know what possessed me to download the sample of this book as the cover art made it look like some sort of garish pulp fiction dinosaur adventure.

      The premise - a paleontologist makes an unlikely discovery that results in her being drafted into the first expedition to Mars - is excellent and the unfolding plot is clever and inspired and does not disappoint. The writing is light in tone and the principle characters are wholesome, likeable and cheerfully reminiscent of a grown up Scooby Doo team, but it doesn't detract from the interesting and plausible science and technology presented. It's like The Martian with a bunch of happy friends to help. The downside of the book is that it is seriously long winded in places and I will admit to skipping pages here and there while politicians and administrators argued their various causes.

      Don't let it put you off though. I have already downloaded the next book in the series and am looking forward to reading it. Aug 30, Charlie Moses rated it liked it. This book is what they call "hard" science fiction - because it's full of science. The kicker is, while the science may be the thing that makes the story what it is, it can also be boring. Flint and Spoor use all the tricks they know, but it's still, yes, kind of boring. At least in spots. There's action, too, but, this isn't nearly up to the standard of Flint's best work.

      What really irritates me is that I have this niggling suspicion that I've read this book before - but it didn't make suffici This book is what they call "hard" science fiction - because it's full of science. What really irritates me is that I have this niggling suspicion that I've read this book before - but it didn't make sufficient impression on me for me to be able to remember the characters at all - only the roughest outline of the plot. And if I'd remembered that I'd have read it, I wouldn't have wasted my time reading it again.

      Dec 19, Keith Allingham rated it really liked it. I liked it; combines a few interests of mine - paleontology, astronomy and science-fiction. Well written enough to keep me reading. For a large-ish volume, I felt that as the ending was approaching, there didn't seem to be enough pages left for a proper finish. Seemed a little rushed at the end; less detain than earlier in the book. Thought that was a bit odd.

      Almost like the end was an afterthought. Also a little bit corny throughout 3 marriages at the end? Seriously thinking about reading the second in the series Dec 16, C. Coleman rated it it was amazing. Of the Sci-Fi I've read, and I've read right much, this story is rather unique. The plot is exceptional, the characterization first rate making the story an engaging read. I started to write this post, then remembered I could see all my books in my Goodreads account.

      Goddamn lying Goodreads! Turns out you can use the review feature on Goodreads to talk to people who have read that book or marked it to-read, a fun way to keep peeps informed thanks for that idea, author-person Michael J. I have reviews for many of these books up on my Goodreads Account. I give only brief thoughts on all the books below, so if you want to know more go to Goodreads and see what I have to say. I use Audible for that, and f-ing love that service.

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