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2.0 out of 5 stars
Tedious and uninvolving, 26 Nov 2002
Egan has some interesting ideas, the unusual physics he describes is what attracted me to this book. Sadly, he doesn't create a compelling story to go with the physics. I neither cared about any of the characters, nor could I believe in Egan's utopian future. Claiming that "no sentient being had taken the life of another in over 19,000 years" just isn't plausible.
I found the story to be dull -- full of interminable descriptions of what the characters were experiencing, but with very little to connect the descriptions to anything intelligible. There is virtually no action, and what action there is lacks intensity because none of the characters is ever in the slightest danger.
Even the ending is weak. Not only is it predictable, it is wildly improbable and resolves nothing.
Slogging through "Schild's Ladder" was a waste of time.