18 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Personally I think it's bad form to slate any book - not least because, naturally, different things appeal to different people - so I am sorry to have to say that this really is dire.
Like many others, wow'd by the reviews and always keen to immerse myself in something fat and meaningful (!), I rushed home and couldn't wait to begin. To be honest I was really quite confused to find that the 40 page prologue read like a "look-at-me-aren't-I-the-wordsmith" A level essay (for which grade a E would be awarded along with "pompous") rather than the "breathlessly graceful" writing I was promised in the amazon editorial review.
And it was downhill from there on. With still 800 odd pages… Read more
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Having just put down this book - and instantly lent it to someone else to enjoy - I have to say that it is an excellent, miss your stop on the tube, read.
If you like Peter Hamilton (and I read this back to back with Pandoro's box which was a mistake cos there is some conceptual overlap between the two) then you will deffo like this.
Its space opera on a grand scale with lots of real believable human (and plenty not so human) characters, hideous monsters and super duper gadgets. The plot is 007-esque with not a dull moment and the various plot strands tie in well to a satisfying crescendo.
It IS worth reading Gridlinked (its prequel) before this, as although Ascher does… Read more