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- Language: English
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Some have criticised the satire of postmodernism in this book as heavy-handed. Personally I find it spot on; anyone who is familiar with the Sokal hoax or Sadie Plant's oeuvre will see what he's getting at.
That aside, the history and psychology of the main character are worthy of any literary novelist. The McGuffin driving the plot is very clever and plausibly grounded in real science as with most of Egan's fiction. The novel builds to a conclusion which, in a perverse way, celebrates the best of humanity while commenting wryly on the human condition.
Even if you're not normally interested in science fiction, I strongly urge you to read this book. If you like literary authors playing at doing science (like David Lodge's "Thinks" or Jeanette Winterson's "Gut Symmetries"), why not try an SF author who can write?
In this book, Egan replaces long, introspective monologues on the meaning of reality, but unfortunately doesn't really replace it. When a child, the protagonist deals with emotion by alterring the narrative's reality: inventing monsters, completely avoiding mention of his 'guilty secret', and denying what happened to his family. However, for a boy who is supposed to be very inquisitive and clever, these holes just cry out.
Egan's pot-shots at post-modern critical theory - although an admirable aim - again fall wide of the mark, making the author look ludicrous and petty as well as his targets.
The book gets a lot better towards the end, with realistic emotional rendering and science (at last!) getting a look-see. The theory he presents as the central idea is interesting, but not developed enough. Other science and technology just seems to be lobbed on at points, with characters expounding an explanation at ludicrously unrealistic points.
It feels, to me, that this book is actual a novella padded; not cynically, but as an exercise. Egan's style improves, but at the expense of the sense-of-wonder that many people expect of him. Now, just to combine the two...
All in all, a reasonably good read, and some ideas are there. One to be appreciated with the support of his other works, but not standing as high.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Firstly; watch out for plot spoiler reviews!!
(it's not a mystery tour if you know where your heading)
Egan's work is 'Hard' Sci-Fi of the highest order. Read more
Egan fans will go for this book. It has his usual hard science (this time in an accelerated evolutionary context) with plenty of explanations laid on, and a good deal of persuasive... Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2002
Once again, another engaging, witty and mind-expanding book from Greg Egan. The characters are engaging, the settings detailed, and as usual the main premise is mind-bending. Read morePublished on 27 Sept. 1999