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Dragon's Egg
by Robert L. Forward | Science Fiction & Fantasy
Registered by phantomreader42 of Warner Robins, Georgia USA on 8/1/2003
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by xoddam): to be read


10 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by phantomreader42 from Warner Robins, Georgia USA on Friday, August 01, 2003

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Pre-numbered label used for registration. 


Journal Entry 2 by phantomreader42 from Warner Robins, Georgia USA on Friday, August 01, 2003

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I bought this book used at The Book Rack in Anniston, Alabama, using credit from the following books:


The Quick Red Fox by John D. MacDonald
Firebird by Mercedes Lackey
Sam Gunn Forever by Ben Bova
Battle Magic edited by Martin H. Greenberg 


Journal Entry 3 by phantomreader42 from Warner Robins, Georgia USA on Thursday, August 21, 2003

10 out of 10

A hard-sf classic about life on a neutron star. The Cheela live on the surface of a neutron star, where the gravity is billions of times that of Earth. When humans encounter them, they are primitive, just beginning their civilization. For a time, we are their teachers. For a brief time. Because the reactions that govern their bodies are vastly different from Terran biochemistry, they live a million times faster than we do. They soon surpass our knowledge.
I loved this book. I'm keeping the copy I have at home, but I want to share the spare. This is an interesting story set in a completely alien environment.

Books by Robert L. Forward:
Dragon's Egg (copy 2)
Flight of the Dragonfly
Rocheworld
Indistinguishable from Magic 


Journal Entry 4 by phantomreader42 from Warner Robins, Georgia USA on Thursday, August 21, 2003

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I'm starting a bookray for this book, and another for Villains By Necessity by Robert L. Forward's daughter Eve. The following people have asked to sign up:

Andycap14 (cannot ship internationally)
caligula03 (would rather not ship internationally)
violetaparra (willing to ship internationally)
jmg49 (in Canada, willing to ship internationally, doesn't want to be among first few people)
Ench (in Germany, willing to ship internationally)
veracity (in Australia, willing to ship internationally)
BookFrog (in Australia, wants to be at end of ray, willing to ship internationally) 


Journal Entry 5 by phantomreader42 from Warner Robins, Georgia USA on Tuesday, August 26, 2003

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Mailed to Andycap14 to start off the bookray. The package can be tracked here, using Delivery Confirmation Number 03030830000082640788. 


Journal Entry 6 by Bibliotender from Fontana, California USA on Saturday, August 30, 2003

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To the top of TBR it goes!! 


Journal Entry 7 by Bibliotender from Fontana, California USA on Thursday, September 11, 2003

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For some reason I just couldn't get into this book. Maybe I wasn't ready for a SF book, oh well. Sent to the next person on the list on 9/9. 


Journal Entry 8 by caligula03 from Hayward, California USA on Friday, September 12, 2003

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This book arrived safe and sound. I'm looking forward to reading it. My husband recently recommended Robert Forward to me. Luckily this book ray started! 


Journal Entry 9 by caligula03 from Hayward, California USA on Tuesday, October 21, 2003

10 out of 10

I've finished Dragon's Egg. I enjoyed the book very much. The opening bit of the Cheela's story is a tad slow and the ending, while providing perfect closer is also a tad hokey. Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It reminded a great deal of The Listeners by James E. Gunn.  


Journal Entry 10 by caligula03 at to a fellow bookcrosser in Somerville, Massachusetts USA on Tuesday, October 21, 2003

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Released on Tuesday, October 21, 2003 at to a fellow bookcrosser in Somerville, Massachusetts USA.

Mailing out the book to the next person on the list. :) 


Journal Entry 11 by violetaparra from Boston, Massachusetts USA on Tuesday, November 25, 2003

8 out of 10

A fascinating book, even if it was a case where being a rocket scientist would have helped! The author doesn't win any points for stylish prose, but then, the science of the book outstrips that in importance anyway. Imagine beings who are living their lives a million times faster than we live ours!

There's also a very handy fictitious encyclopedia entry at the end of the book that really helped me understand it a lot more. I would even recommend reading that first, although it might spoil some stuff a little, so you won't be totally lost.

Overall, not an easy read or a beautiful book, maybe, but you can't fault the attempt to bring these ideas into print. Very cool indeed.  


Journal Entry 12 by violetaparra from Boston, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, December 31, 2003

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After the chaos of the holidays I discovered I had not yet sent this on to jmg49, but it will be on its way today. Enjoy it! 


Journal Entry 13 by jmg49 from Woodstock, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, January 07, 2004

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I just received this book today from violetaparra - thanks eh!
I will read it soon and make another journal entry. 


Journal Entry 14 by jmg49 from Woodstock, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, January 20, 2004

8 out of 10

I liked this very original sci-fi story. The concept of alien life moving at an accelerated pace to ours and the interreaction of the two species is fascinating. I recommend this book. 


Journal Entry 15 by jmg49 from Woodstock, Ontario Canada on Monday, January 26, 2004

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Ench has indicated that he does not want the book at this time so I will be mailing it to veracity in Australia, later this week.
*****
Mailed today! Enjoy:) 


Journal Entry 16 by veracity from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, March 21, 2004

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Delivered in the mail today...thanks! 


Journal Entry 17 by veracity from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, March 24, 2004

5 out of 10

This book has a very interesting concept; Small, short-lived creatures (the Cheela) evolve on the surface of a neutron star. Their life cycle is extremely short and in the space of an earth-hour many generations of their people have been born and have died. When humans start observing them, they resent having to sleep since they know that in the 6 or 8 hours they are away, the Cheela may have moved ahead in huge leaps and bounds.

Unfortunately, the style of the writing lets down what could have been a great book. I found it clunky, distracting - and to be honest - just plain awful!

So I can't give it more than 5/10 consisting of 4/5 for an original concept, but only 1/5 for style. 


Journal Entry 18 by veracity at on Wednesday, March 24, 2004

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Released on Wednesday, March 24, 2004 at Postal Release in Sydney, Australia Controlled Releases.

off to bookfrog 


Journal Entry 19 by BookFrog from Albion Park, New South Wales Australia on Friday, March 26, 2004

6 out of 10

Received yesterday. Have been home with a throat infection and had just started taking the medication which revived me enough that I felt restless and bored but not enough energy to actually do anything so I started reading this book.

Not sure if it was my brain atrophied from being sick or just it being a bit too hard sci-fi for me. The concept was interesting but I found myself skimming bits. I was very interested to read Robert Forward's bio that says that he works in an area where he can experiment and the stuff that is too out there for experimenting he writes about.

The fake encyclopedia entry helped a little but I skimmed a lot of that. I did find it fascinating that they found us (humans) slow but part of me felt like I was reading about advanced slugs.

Anyway I am going to Sydney cocktails on Tuesday and will offer to people there and if no takers will take to the Melbourne meetup. I will endeavour to keep this ray going.

 


Journal Entry 20 by tqd from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, March 31, 2004

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Got from bookfrog at Tuesday's cocktail evening! 


Journal Entry 21 by Fleebo from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, March 14, 2006

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Heavens! What a history this book has had! I am assured that it is not as "hard" sci-fi as Stanislaw Lem's "Solaris", so I am sure that I will be able to cope with it although the premise sounds improbable. Caught at the Porterhouse pub in Surry Hills, Sydney. Thanks very much! 


Journal Entry 22 by xoddam from Springwood, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, January 11, 2007

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Catching the bookbag. This book has visited a respectable swathe of the BC community -- mustn't let the side down :-)

I must say I like the idea that the ending is "a bit hokey". That's almost a recommendation :-) 


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