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Despite the familiar territory, Ings executes with an effortlessness that puts many of his contemporaries in the shade, and with such freshness of approach that it still feels like a new journey, even for a novel over 20 years old. He writes for the thinking reader. He teases the story arcs out, he does not slam you with technical details to explain his vision of the future. His characters inhabit his world believably, the story is pulled from it with a reassured light touch, that’s a joy to read.
The action is character driven - and his characters are deeply human and rich with the buzz of life. Their histories and exploits are teased out over time to give them an almost tactile texture. You can feel for them, and like the best sci-fi, the technology is an enabler to explore how life's experiences can shape us, and how the darker things that happen can break us or be overcome.
Masterful in every way.
It's just a shame that there are so many missing apostrophes in the kindle edition.
This is one of those books that I found I needed to learn how to read, nota lot is spelled out for you, and you need to really get used to this kind of writing first. Maybe that's just me. Either way, by the end I was understanding around 70% of what what happening.
I love the ideas and themes in this book, and it's clearly written by a very smart man who doesn't compromise for accessibility. You have to stick with it to really get why you should be reading this book, but it's more than worth it. I've read many books that you can compare ideas used to the contents of this book, but I can still say that I don't think I've ever read anything quite like it. I look forward to reading some of his other books, perhaps Wolves.
I could swear there were quite a lot of typos - missing line breaks and quote marks, mostly. Wasn't much of an issue, but this book released in 91, you'd expect some of that to be fixed by now.
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I did have one other comment. I ran across something early in the book-- I think it was about walking and falling--that reminded me of Laurie Anderson. I thought it mere coincidence until I came across:
"Do you want to go home?" they said, "Do you want to go home now?"
Which I can't place, but it's somewhere in _United States Live_ ("Walk the Dog"?). Given this novel, and the fact that he quotes Laurie Anderson, how can I help but look for Simon's next?
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