About That Book: The Gods, Themselves


I finished The Gods, Themselves today. It was one of the faster books on the list, and I enjoyed it, but I’m still processing that ending.

Was that cheating, or not?

I expected something very different, and maybe that’s why the “and everybody lives” ending seemed like a dodge.

I suppose there’s no reason you can’t introduce a whole set of new characters 2/3 of the way through the book, have them frolic around the moon naked for a few chapters, and then come up with a happy uhm… non-fiery death ending for everyone, but still.

I might have been happier with both of the universes in the book exploding in a shower of protons.


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    This was one of my favorite books growing up, mostly because of the glimpse into the other universe. I don’t think I’d read a story told from such an alien perspective before. I can’t say I really remember how the book ended, except that I thought the “everyone’s naked on the Moon” part seemed… let’s call it unhygienic.

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      Personally, I prefer to choose how many clothes I wear, and around whom. I don’t think I’d do too well on the moon.

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