Utter crap - author's whims are the reader's torture (0/5)
From March 24, 2010
The characters of Chris and Clarice Wayville are
perhaps the lamest duo ever to set foot in a science fiction novel (right up there with lame old Louis Wu from Ringworld) as
they have no defining features, little or no background, and nothing at all which defines them as unique. They are just plopped down into a book which Pellegrino
has written just to showcase his crackpot theories and historical
curiosities. Just because he has written a book about the Titanic
doesn't mean he has to pointlessly connect it with this novel (at more
than one point)... and even though he has written a book about Hiroshima
doesn't mean he has to stretch the chapter's banality to include this
bit of information, too. It just all reeks of an egotistical intellect. It's painful to read.
just so,so, so bad--I can't stop shaking my head. There's even a 14-page
sequence in which Asimov, Clarke, Sagan and Drake are all attending a meeting to
discuss the first detailed design of an anti-matter rocket created by
two scientists named Powell and Tuna... in reality, it was Powell and Pellegrino who were
the ones who provided the first detailed designs of such. Cheeky, isn't
it? Substitute Tuna for Pellegrino. When the lame team of Chris and Clarice land on the distant planet of Alpha Centauri (A-4) they name the first
continent Tunaland (read: Pellegrinoland). Author patting himself on the back?
It gets worse. Honestly. The
governments on earth are so concerned that the crew of the anti-matter
ship will turn around and ram earth at relativistic speeds like a
relativistic bomb. They dwell and dwell and dwell and dwell upon the somehow purposed
1% likelihood of this happening. I thought the book was supposed to be about first contact... but Pellegrino, again, follows his whim like a child chasing butterflies. On top of that banal thread the character Chris, too, is obsessed
about the relativistic bombardment of earth from A-4 as well as the
bombardment of A-4 from earth. I have no idea why it's made a
repetitive point other than it's simply just another one of Pellegrino
obsessions. It's not only Chris and the earth governments who have a
psychosis... it's also Pellegrino who has mental diarrhea and has the honor of
producing one of the worst science fiction novels I've ever read.
Additional negative points which I can't leave hanging like a wet tissue:
The timeline of the plot utterly unfathomable.
2) I bet Pellegrino wet himself in
his indulgence of writing 39 pages of Afterword and Acknowledgements.
I bet Pellegrino had fun drawing all the nerdish little illustrations.
4) I've never ever seen an author write a full, to-the-margins one-page "About the
Author" autobiography before. This just confirms my inkling that Pellegrino
has a serious self-inflated ego.
Pellegrino. Damn you.