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The Disestablishment of Paradise

The Disestablishment of Paradise - Phillip Mann Okay, let me get this out of the way up front: This book is not going to be for everybody. Let's face it, giant-half-plant-half-animals-in-space is not everybody's cup of tea. It will be easy for some people to dismiss this as enviro-space-opera. Who knows. Maybe those people are right. After all I didn't particularly relate to any of the characters. I didn't even particularly like the female protagonist, Hera, who was the archetypal older female academic. I don't have a particular penchant for this strain of sci-fi either.There was something special about this book though. I mean, besides the giant-alien-three-legged-sentient-tree porn involving live electrical cables and a helicopter. (Seriously - that's a thing.) The structure was interesting too. Mann tells us the outcome up front, (the disestablishment of the human colony on planet Paradise), and presents the book as a history of that event, written by a neutral outsider. There are additional "reference materials" at the back, referenced by occasional footnotes in the main text, which add some depth to the world building and which are great short stories in their own right.But that's not it. I think perhaps it's just a bonus of this kind of space sci-fi genre. The writer can create anything. Literally anything. And every once in a while, that "anything" will speak to a particular reader at a particular moment in their life. This book just spoke to me in this moment. And I honestly don't know if it would sound the same to anybody else.********************************************************PreReview: I don't know what it is about this book that grabbed me, but I saw this at the book shop today and HAD to have it. Actually I do know what grabbed me - it's the cheesy computer-generated cover that screams of old-school sci-fi. I love it, love it, love it.