4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Satisfying Read,
This review is from: A Deepness in the Sky (Paperback)
Along with 'A fire upon the deep' and 'Across Realtime' this is yet another good SF book by Vernor. The way Vernor introduces aliens in his book is novel - you read about someone doing something that sounds as though they are humanlike until they do something that is totally alien and you think 'er, this person I have just been reading about is definitely NOT human'. The aliens in 'A deepness in the sky' are presented throughout the book as creatures that you feel you can relate to. However, towards the end of the story you are given a peek at what they are really like without the assistance of 'translators' and this brings home how alien they are in a very powerful (to me) way.
This book is full of the inventiveness that is Vernors trademark: human 'computers', a sun that turns on/off at regular intervals, diverse human cultures and of course, aliens. I would recommend this book to SF readers without hesitation.
P.S. I have only one complaint to make: There are not enough Vernor Vinge stories - Vernor get your finger out and write MORE, PLEASE!