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nanotechnology steam punk style
on 23 November 2014
This is probably not exactly steam-punk, but it shares a fondness for the victorian era, a hefty length and esoteric vocabulary. Once it gets going it spins a telling yarn about nano-technology and the educational power of fiction. I can struggle with a cluttered or over-busy narrative, but this managed to juggle all the various balls with aplomb.
If I had to criticise, the chinese characters are often quite stereotypical, and typos do start to creep in towards the end of the book. There also seems some ambiguity as to whether the reader of the Primer can effectively go back a few moves, or is committed to any decision she makes.
You have to enjoy luxuriating in a book like this, and certainly there is a huge amount here to savour. It could have been a third of the length, but then you would miss so much good stuff. The narrative picks up the pace towards the conclusion, and I was thinking about a five star marking. But for me, the actual ending felt a little too abrupt, with a few too many loose ends.
Well worth reading and re-reading.