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* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.



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Supervolcano: Eruption, by Harry Turtledove ****+ I definitely enjoyed this. It's funny, after reading YA almost exclusively, how different an adult book feels. This one meandered along, not even reaching the eruption till close to midway through the book. Still, I liked the feel of the vignette approach (what I'd call it). I liked the descriptions of life after, though I could have used more of that. In fact, that was probably the main reason I wouldn't give this five stars -- it ended too quickly. I wanted to know more about how the people would make it around the country and even the world. The story: Colin is still reeling from his ex-wife's desertion (and affair with a younger man), and goes to Yellowstone to get away. While there, he experiences a slight earthquake and starts up a conversation with a woman who turns out to be a geologist. Months later, they're dating, and she's told him all about the supervolcano building beneath Yellowstone -- a volcano she and her colleagues believe is close to erupting. Colin tells his three grown kids about it (they all pretty much ignore him), and his ex-wife. Life goes on -- until it does erupt, and Colin, his girlfriend, his kids, and his ex-wife all have to find new ways to live (Colin is in CA, one kid is in Denver, one in Maine). (Adult SciFi, released 12/11, publisher: Roc)

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olmue
Jan. 31st, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
I've heard good things about Turtledove--sometime when I'm in an adult POV frame of mind, I'm going to pick up one of his books. But um, not that one. I live way too close to Yellowstone (we are in the Instadeath zone, should it ever erupt) and can't think too much about that... Even two years later, that book Life As We Knew It still gives me nightmares.

(Funny--yesterday I was talking with a couple of neighbors, one of whom just moved here from Arizona. She was sort of freaked out by the idea of living near volcanoes, and what if they erupt? She said, but isn't there a volcano in Yellowstone? It's not active, is it? Um...we tried to explain as um, nonthreatening as possible that it's "active" in the sense of geysers, yes, and sort of skirted around the Instadeath, one-of-five-most-powerful-volcanoes-in-the-world elements...)
robinellen
Jan. 31st, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
My mom has read some of his other books, and she likes him.

This one was right up my alley, but I must admit that it was a little freaky reading about the daughter who was in Denver (and how they were trying to evacuate Denver...not sure I'd go for that if anything like this really happened). It's interesting because CO is really one of the safest places to live -- except for its closeness to the supervolcano ;)
olmue
Jan. 31st, 2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
I'm not exactly sure where you'd evacuate TO. They have found ash in NW Arkansas from the last time Yellowstone went off. I'm thinking it would be globally catastrophic. Hopefully it won't happen for another million years!
robinellen
Jan. 31st, 2012 11:43 pm (UTC)
That was the interesting thing -- they evacuated to these camps around the country (including one in AR), and I thought, "I'd rather just be sequestered in my house." I mean, they didn't have food, they didn't have running water, and they were sleeping in tents...I think my house would be much better!
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