Race for the Rocket|
I accidentally called it Blindspot a couple weeks ago in an email to Bill Schafer, a name that seemed more appropriate... It really was a struggle to make myself finish it.
Eifelheim was my favorite, especially for the charming way the character Tom keeps using random languages to express his short commentary and endearments. The shift into first person at the end was a bit awkward/surprising, but for me that was the only ruffle in an otherwise superb book.