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turgid, terrible, total claptrap,
This review is from: A Fire Upon The Deep (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Paperback)
Vinge may well have some wonderful ideas up his sleeve and I suppose one can see how ahead of its time this book was when it was first written. The depiction of the alien races was potentially incredibly interesting and thought provoking while the fight against the blight could have been epically exciting. However, I must confess that I absolutely hated this book. It took an age to get going - at least 200 pages and Vinge has the most opaque, verbose and frankly stupefying writing style of just about any author I have ever read. I think it shows that Vinge is an academic and not a writer first and foremost. I found the book rather dull and earnest, certainly very worthy but on the whole, rather drab like a university lecture. I found myself longing for the witty, self-deprecating style of Iain M Banks. I imagine that his version of the same story would be half as long, far more easy to read and accessible to the ordinary reader. I feel sorry for those posters who say that this is the best book that they have ever read as they have obviously denied themselves the work of so many wonderful authors. This book gets a big thumbs down from me which makes me sad because it came so highly recommended.
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Initial post: 5 Feb 2012 20:33:07 GMT
Haggard Pete says:
I think you must have confused this book with another one. The plot here moves at the speed of light (well a lot faster for most of the book). It rates as one of if not the most entertaining novels ever.
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