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The Rosetta Codex


Six-year-old Cale's first experiences of primitive Conrad's World were violent and tragic. Cale's wealthy father was killed in space on a business ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 3.000

Good story

by Owllight on Feb 3, 2008

I enjoyed the book. It was a decent plot, and the characters were relatively engaging. There was an overall slight claustrophobia about the settings, and I wish it had a larger canvas. This may, however, be a personal issue. Also, this is, I believe, an early novel. I like this author. I think his novel "Ship of Fools" was quite good. It is my favorite, although the Carlucci stories are also interesting. I would recommend either to people who enjoy character-driven work. This author's great strength is character development. One cares about and engages with his characters. (Or at least I do!)


Neat title, disappointing content.

by bookneedle on Aug 18, 2007

Somehow, in writing the Rosetta Codex, Richard Russo has contrived to make the universe appear like a small state. Only two or three worlds are mentioned and they have no grand pictures such as one would expect if we had really colonized the stars. The title is clever and the plot is built around it, however, the plot is thin and the writer lazy. He skips years, events, character growth, and uses the deus ex machina at every turn. The main protagonist, Cale, is a cardboard cutout who is still going around with his nanny well into manhood. There is no complimentary female character. There is, however, a pseudo-father figure who is the "big bad wolf." The only interesting story line in the book, the alien culture and the aliens, themselves, was left nearly totally undeveloped. Only in the last few pages did we meet them and then it was over! Most unsatifactory. I may read more from this author, but only because I would hope for better.

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