I read this about nine months ago, and this is what I wrote about it at the time:
I enjoyed Startide Rising. It follows the adventures of a crew of humans, "neo-dolphins," and a "neo-chimp" as they explore a planet, repair their damaged ship, and try to figure out how to escape from the much more powerful galactic fleets that are battling it out overhead for the right to capture them and the big galactic secret they accidentally stumbled upon.Looking back, I'd have to say that the ending was a bit of a let down; both the
At its best, it is pure space opera, entertaining and suspenseful. I enjoyed the neo-dolphin characters, who struggle to integrate a dreamy, instinctual way of looking at things with the practical, logical though process of man (frequently the characters end up speaking in haiku).
I thought that the aborigines were poorly developed, and that the human characters were generally less compelling that the dolphins. And I guess that I am skeptical about the general structure of the uplift universe (which Brin has gone on to develop in other books).
Nevertheless, this is an entertaining read and well worth your time.
Trojan Horse escape and the "one guy battling the aliens who have finally landed"
scenes left me unconvinced. Since then, I have read The Uplift War, which I thought was a better book.