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This review is from: The Evolutionary Void (Hardcover)
Why the "Void" series is often compared to Dan Simmons' amazing masterpieces Hyperion/Endymion is beyond me. The characters are shallow, poorly developed; the universe depicted is large, the story takes place on many planets and in many environments, but all of them are everyday fodder in scifi -- nothing very creative; there is simply no edge to this novel.
None of this would stand in the way of entertainment, however, and this could have been the kind of novel you read once and then forget about. But the real problem is aimlessness. The author seems more intent on parading various settings and technologies than on moving his plot along; and this makes for boring, rather than entertaining reading.
I usually devour books (it took me 3 days to read all four volumes in Hyperion/Endymion, marveling the entire time and eager to start reading them all over again), but I had to push myself through the 2nd and 3rd volume here, out of curiosity -- was the author going to fix his poor narrative and make the most of his otherwise considerable talent? Sadly, I must answer this one in the negative.