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2.0 out of 5 stars Some big ideas but bad writing, 25 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Eon (S.F. MASTERWORKS) (Paperback)
For the first half of the book I was enjoying the fascinating ideas (spoilers): cities built within an asteroid, and the mystery of the endless tunnel. But when everything was revealed I ended up skimming most of the book to get past the bad writing, boring politics and terrible conversations. I realised that it had been my imagination that had been building on the basic big sci-fi ideas, not Bear's writing. He has thought of amazing things to describe and yet doesn't seem to have the writing ability to describe them.

It should also be mentioned that this was written just before the fall of Russian Communism and the decline of manned space missions, and so the future (set in the early 2000s) sets America against Russia in a time of moon bases etc. But if you put that aside it still doesn't alter the tedious writing and the characters who all seem similarly emotionless and cold.

And lastly, a problem with parallel universes: if there are a billion-zillion other yous out there and other realities then the unavoidable effect is that the story of this particular set of characters matters little. They are a blip and their survival or death has no real meaning. I think parallel universes are an idiotic idea anyway - a desperate and unscientific way to explain the amazing possibilities of our own universe - but writers should also understand how using them inevitably destroys the weight of their story.
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Initial post: 19 Mar 2015 23:47:24 GMT
Ca Marsh says:
YOU may think that "parallel universes are an idiotic idea anyway" but there are many decidedly un-idiotic scientists who believe fervently in their existence.
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