2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Interesting premise, but lacked forward momentum & focus.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Night Sky Mine (Paperback)I enjoy good science fiction that draws me into its story; conjuring mental images of times & societies made alive with fertile description. In all fairness to Ms. Scott, I finished the book, still wishing I knew Ista better; her real personality; her 'supposed' lesbianism, rather than meager hints leaving her so distant and unknowable. Other characters materialized without emotional believability; internally thinking, but seldom expressing or speaking their desires in ways which helped anything. Perhaps this was intended. NSM's society felt so lonely! Thank goodness for near-mother's love... this I understood. The linear plot lacked pending danger, even though disaster was often implied... it never coalesced into suspense or close call. The "page-turning urge" never developed. It seemed even Ms. Scott was looking for a direction it might go, at times.
The descriptions ended up being as sterile as her unimaginable creature/programs in the virtual 'wildnet'. (Object oriented programming gone amok!! OOPs! Since when was 'breeding' accomplished by eating? So unromantic for the chogsets!))
In retrospect, only so much can be left to the reader. For even the imagination must start from some tangible 'known' before describing an 'unknown' or the 'demogorgon' will overwhelm the part of the brain that 'cares.'