||[Sep. 16th, 2009|06:43 pm]
I promised to write something about this book and finally I made it. In fact the book is no new bestseller. A bestseller but not new that is. It was written in 2004 already and I bought as a gift for someone else. During the last 5 years I was constantly told that I should finally read that book. Well, right, here I am, reading it before it will end in the movie theatres 2011.|
The book was written by Frank Schaetzing, translated and published in English 2006.
What is it about?
I assume even 2004 I would have said: a sience-fiction novel, a great story, told by an extraordinary writer. Personally I think this is not correct anymore: it is a possible scenario, things which are happening all over the world thrown together in one huge plot, explained in a way that you think: well, possible.
It is about odd worms in the subcontinental shelf, about whales who freak out and make container vessel sink, poisonous jellyfish attacking humans and epidemics due to several reasons. It is about how the world reacts, who wants to help and who can help if anyone can help at all. What is more effective? Defensive science or offensive army? Both in combination or mere human beings together? It is not about aliens and other odd stuff, just about a part of the world we do hardly know: the deep sea and the abyssal plain.
Personally I think it is a must-read thing. If you like such stuff or not because the topic and the way it is explained makes you think about the world we live in and about the way we respect it or more: do not respect it. I am not part of Greenpeace and I am no ecowarrior, I love my car and I do not care if I wear anything made of leather. But there is something between ignorance and being a radical ecologist. And this book makes you think about your position, really.
The story itself is told from different point of views by different people all over the world. I always liked it when a story was told in such a way. It helps to feel the reality touch. The author explains what different people over the world do in the very same moment, what happens to them or how the thing that happens to a whale watcher affects a man on an oil platform on the other side of the world. Or how a huge wave starts somewhere in Europe, following its way crossing the sea and arriving in Canada.
If you are interested in any way: there is a link on wikipedia and the book is available on amazon.