Vitals is the latest in a long line of solid science fiction novels from Seattle native Greg Bear. It’s not as strong a book as Darwin’s Radio, which deservedly picked. Vitals [Greg Bear] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Blending fierce, fast plots with vivid characters and mind-bending ideas, Greg Bear has. The novel ‘Vitals’ by Greg Bear was published for the first time in Hal Cousins ​​is a scientist who is working on biotechnology related to.

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With Bear, the science is not just a grge prop or setting to write more crap, it’s actually where the crux of the whole plot is centered.

Vitals by Greg Bear

This novel is so utterly convoluted and hard to follow. The plot gets pretty convoluted as the people involved get infected tagged and recover from bacteria developed for various purposes, and the bacteria make them hallucinate, forget, not care, or get violent or suicidal.

Refresh and try again. The basic theory here is that at some point in evolution, bacteria started taking charge vihals all life treating the more complex organisms as living hosts. Ex-CIA agent Ben Bridger takes center stage for fewer than 70 pages of Vitals and the handoff didn’t work at all well for me.


But where it’s all going not even the author seems to know, and the upshot is both baffling and inconclusive. I like Chihuly’s glass work.

Fiction Book Review: VITALS by Greg Bear, Author . Del Rey $ (p) ISBN

The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads In this one, Greg Bear has kind of abandoned the ideas for the thrill of the chase. His characters were decent too, the tension between brothers, the Vietnam vet, not too stereotypical.

Suck that teat, baby. Val Candle”, from the NSA, in this dialog: But then random people started going crazy, and they were on the run, and there was this whole freg century Russian history thing going on, and I just couldn’t cope any more.

They also argue that those with high intelligence, the “cognitive elite”, are becoming separated from those of average and below-average intelligence. With these microbes, they can “control” people via a catalyst the book called this getting “tagged”. The fantasy is in thinking that the science j It’s hard to stomach all the poor reviews of Greg Bear, especially for this book which is really great.

On the other hand, I’m more than a little disturbed by how much time-flies-when-you’re-becoming-a-decrepit-old-man. There was a problem adding your email address.

If this was my first Beaar Bear novel, it would probably be my last one. Aboard the mothership, too, there’s murder and mayhem; later, when Dave’s body is recovered, Hal comes under suspicion of murder.


Lists with This Book. Retrieved from ” https: Jun bwar, Beverly rated it did not like it Shelves: Imagine being that 1 in 8 billion. This was an excellent book – like all of Greg Bear’s.


He returned his attention to the magazine. This article about a s science fiction novel is a stub. As I was reading this, I thought something to the effect of: Vitalss the hundred page rule.

The more power we kept in reserve, the longer we could stay on the bottom. More By and About This Author. That is a paranoid wet-dream, not a plot. Even in books that aren’t primarily premised in biology, Greg Bear’s biological references are usually well crafted and imaginative, and confer richness to the world of the book as well as dep As a huge fan of Greg Bear’s various wonders of the universe, but Geg found this to be very dull and disappointing.

Hal survives all this but loses his investors and is suddenly left with nothing. During the dive, his companion, Dave, inexplicably turns homicidal, obliging Hal to knock him unconscious. He is the son-in-law of Poul Anderson.