Friday, August 05, 2016

Book: Sylvain Neuvel's "Sleeping Giants"

I've been pretty slow with my reading this year, having read only four books so far.  I doubt I will make my target of thirteen books frankly though I will try.

My fourth book of the year was an interesting science fiction book by Sylvain Neuvel: "Sleeping Giants".  The book is a first book of a series.  I don't know how long as the second book isn't expected to be published until spring 2017.

The book is written in its entirety as a series of interview transcripts and personal journal entries.  As you read the book you learn about things after they happen.  While I have read several books written in similar memoire style, this one, so far anyway, does not have the beginning and ending bookends that tell you it is a memoire.  It just lays things out like you discovered an archive and started reading.

The book follows the discovery of giant body parts buried around the world - pieces of a massive machine.  We learn somethings about the machine and why it was built but the sources of the information are kept somewhat mysterious.  The story has enough information to follow but still leaves enough missing to keep you reading.  The ending is intriguing enough to leave you wanting for more.  I'm looking forward to the second book.

The book is very easy to read.  I finished it in three days which, for me, is blazing fast for a three hundred and twenty page book.  I gave it four stars on Goodreads because I liked it even though some suspension of belief was necessary at times.

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