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Hull Zero Three

Posted on the 10 December 2014 by Jimblack78
Hull Zero ThreeAuthor:  Greg Bear

First Publication:  November 2010

Publisher:  Orbit

Source:  Library

Cover:  Shutterstock

The 2015 Sci-Fi Experience

The holidays tend to make me reminisce and this year my thoughts returned to my youth when I make weekly trips to the county library.  My family would go to town on Friday nights to do the banking, go to a couple of stores and stop at the library.  My parents were not science fiction and fantasy fans but they were happy that I enjoyed reading.  I would usually pick up a book or two at the town newsstand, appropriately called “The Village News”, then end up checking out a couple of books from the library.  Especially in the winter, I would read a book in one or two days.  Granted, the books were mostly shorter in those days. 

But I digress, last week I decided to do something I have not done in ages.  I checked a book out of the library.  I randomly picked an aisle and scanned the shelves for something I have not read.  The first book that fit the bill was “Hull Zero Three” by Greg Bear.  I remember reading good reviews of it last year and I had not read any of his novels. 

I started on it but the early chapters did not hold my interest.  Were they well written?  Yes.  But sometimes a book is not a good match for a reader.  My attention kept drifting to other books.  “Hull Zero Three” has become the first victim of my “50 Page Rule”.  Some other people I know have put in place a 50 page rule that I decided to follow.  If, after 50 pages, I am not interested in the story I will stop reading it.  In this case the book is 320 pages so 50 pages amounts to 16%.  With literally thousands of books that I want to read or re-read, why should I spend time on one that does not appeal to me?  I have six bookcases waiting for me to get to them.  And that does not include the few hundred on my Kindle.  Every time they run a sale, and Cyber-Monday was a big one, I pick up more to read.  In addition, I would like to get a book a month from the library.  I am not worried about running out of books to read like I did when I was a youth.

I plan on trying more of Greg Bear’s other works in the future.  I have many of them waiting patiently for me to start.  This one just did not work for me.  Now, on the other hand, the book I moved on to has captured my interest.  I had trouble putting it down to go to bed.  But that is for a future review.

Hull Zero Three

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