(This review contains no significant spoilers.)
I recently polished off Gegory Benford's Cosm. Here's my review.
The book follows a particle physicist who has accidentally created a seemingly physics-defying macroscopic object during an accelerator experiment, as attempts to understand the object and maintain her possession of it.
What I Liked
- The book seems to have a very strong basis in real physics and astronomy,* as you would expect from Benford, since he is a professor or astrophysics at the University of California, Irvine.
- The depiction of scientific research and the lives of research scientists is quite realistic.
- The plot moves along quickly. I found the book to be a real page-turner.
What I Disliked
- One or two plot developments were predictable.
Overall, I give this book 8.0 out of 10. I recommend it to anyone to whom its premise sounds interesting.
* Amusingly, although the astrophysics in the book is very well researched, I did notice a factual error regarding the protagonist's Miata. I think this observation says more about me that about the author.