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As a young boy, Prabir Suresh lives with his parents and sister on an otherwise uninhabited island in a remote part of the Indonesian peninsula. Prabir names it Teranesia, populating it with imaginary creatures even stranger than the evolutionarily puzzling butterflies that his parents are studying. Civil war strikes, orphaning Prabir and his sister.
Eighteen years later, rumours of bizarre new species of plants and animals being discovered in the peninsula that was their childhood home draw Prabir's sister back to the island - Prabir cannot bear for her to have gone out alone and he follows, persuading a pharmaceutical researcher to take him along as a guide.
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- ASIN : B004JHY8IA
- Publisher : Gollancz (30 December 2010)
- Language : English
- File size : 909 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 299 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 752,834 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But... it's a Greg Egan, and there are not many people who write books like this, so read it anyway. Maybe 3 stars is a bit harsh.
Reminded me a little bit of the Descolada / Pequininos parts of the later books in the Enders Game series (Speaker for the Dead).
Terenesia, I would say, is perhaps his most sweet and lovely -- the scene of Prabir and Madhusree at the beach and their beautiful understanding... The almost circular storytelling and, as always, drama that does not made me feel taken advantage of. (Perhaps this is why people feel it's boring or ineffectual; to them I say, "I think it's you.")
He is the king of subtlety in his plots, interpersonal communication, motifs... and his philosophies so align with mine I feel his works are a blessing to all of us (though do we believe in blessings anyway?)
Egan if you're out there, I wonder how you feel about the work of the late Denis Johnson. Other than a couple of my friends you and he stand side by side as my favorite writers.
A few weeks later, I picked-up where I left-off, and I am glad I did. Some fascinating concepts with genetics and quantum entanglement. Literally gave me goose bumps, and a cold, shivering chill, as the "science" of Teranesia unfolded. I would love to see a 2nd novel pick-up where this story ended.
Kindle is quite helpful, when reading Greg Egan's books. I find myself selecting words, phrases, concepts, and places, then using the built-in dictionary, and also Wikipedia, and the Web, to research and learn. It's a great challenge, having to "think", to understand the tech in his books.
Egan says that he'll be returning to dense physics in his next book, but that he's going to continue striving to make plot and character central elements of his works. I find this a refreshing attitude and wish him luck in doing so.