Still River

Still River

3.3 (65 ratings by Goodreads)
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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 111 x 181mm | 154g
  • Macdonald & Co
  • Sphere Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747401179
  • 9780747401179

Review Text

After a long absence, veteran Clement (Mission of Gravity; Cycle of Fire, etc.) returns with a yarn about a group of students - one human, four aliens - who, as part of their quest for a higher degree, must explore and report on the peculiar planet Enigma 88. Enigma is a body too small to retain an atmosphere, and yet it does - albeit a poisonous one; the task for human Molly and her alien companions is to find out why. During their investigations, Molly falls down a hole and discovers that the planet is honeycombed with caverns and tunnels, complete with subterranean ammonia rivers and lakes, and - lifeforms. (It emerges that the latter were brought unwittingly by previous expeditions.) Molly gets thoroughly lost; as the other team members search for her, various setbacks and injuries occur; but the data the students are seeking slowly accumulates. As usual, Clement's scientific puzzles are ingeniously constructed if not entirely convincing; the narrative moves smartly along, with a fair measure of tension. The problems here revolve around the characters: they all chat away like ninth graders on a picnic - the aliens are simply teen-agers with some extra eyes, tentacles, legs or whatnots. And for some reason, Clement chooses to end the adventure abruptly, without resolving anything - the feeble postscript just doesn't do the job. Intriguing, sometimes, but frothy and eccentric. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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65 ratings
3.3 out of 5 stars
5 9% (6)
4 29% (19)
3 45% (29)
2 17% (11)
1 0% (0)
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