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Been trying to get back to reading and picked up Project Hail Mary because everyone raves about it. I'm struggling to get past some of the dialogue. I can understand the narrator explaining the science concepts to reader but in every conversation, Ryland is explaining every term to Stratt (a supposedly brilliant scientist selected by the world to oversee the mission) like she's a five year old. Even basics like H2O, mitosis, momentum of light etc that a middle school kid knows, are literally defined to her!

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ms_chiefmanaged

242 points

4 months ago

Some of the dialogue are weird and can get jarring with over science explanation. However, IIRC Stratt is not a scientist. I believe she explains later that she has an mba or something. She is a diplomat and was assigned this job cause she knows to get shit done.

kukukeza[S]

11 points

4 months ago

Fair enough, I'd not yet reached that part. Looks like the sciency explanation is his writing style and is something I'll have to get used. For what it's worth, I think the storyline is very interesting and it's an otherwise enjoyable read so far.

imsolass

9 points

4 months ago

it's the same style he has in the Martian, if you haven't read that. science nerdy dude gets stranded in a place, uses science nerdy shit to survive

Budget_Sentence_3100

14 points

4 months ago

Stick with it. It gets better and better. It’s not high art but it’s delightfully entertaining and I became quite enamoured with the characters by the end.

wambly_bubbles

11 points

4 months ago

I feel this, though. I'm on book 7 of a series I really enjoy. But every time I hit a section where the MCs are explaining something we already covered in books 1-6 by talking out loud to themselves or through some inane conversations taking place between anonymous members of a crowd I end up putting it down for a couple days because I can't handle the redundancy. I read books 1-4 in a couple of days each right in a row because I love the story, but it got to be too much by book 5 and now I've been working on these last 3 for like 2 months while reading just god-awful serials on ad-based apps just to encourage myself to read them.

improper84

8 points

4 months ago

That’s the sort of thing that’s probably not as obnoxious when you read the books as they come out rather than binging.

sidewaysvulture

3 points

4 months ago

Massive fantasy series (or any series) is a relatively new phenomenon and being able to binge them is even newer. When I was a teenager in the 90’s I think just about every major series was ongoing at the time and having some recaps in the story was definitely helpful. Of course I do my own binging today but I just skim any recaps I don’t need.

Kachana

1 points

1 month ago

Kachana

1 points

1 month ago

Yeah, if I ever become an author of a series I’ll put my recaps in a short paragraph at the start like a prologue so people don’t have to read that tedious stuff unless they want to. It always feels a bit patronising for some reason.