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on 26 August 2017
This product contained the advertised number of pages with, pleasingly, few empty or wasted ones. Its hard to say which was my favoirite page as this kindle seems to pick and choose its own numbering scheme depending on how large you can make the letters. I was pleased to discover that in this product you can make letters both very large and very small without changing the words.

It seems a nice lightweight book, even after downloading the whole thing doesnt seem noticeably heavier.

I enjoyed reading about Michael Pool and overall am very satisfied with this product
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VINE VOICEon 5 January 2003
Timelike Infinity is the second in the Xeelee sequence, but pleasingly does not rely on knowlege of its predecessor - Raft. Sharing neither characters or setting, (it is in fact set millions of years prior to Raft - and in another universe!), Timelike Infinity instead concentrates on its own era of humanity, but contains a few teasing morsels that enrich the background of Raft.
The story itself concentrates on time travel, with pleasing dashed expectations all round; a human travels to the future expecting to find progress and instead finds humanity under the yoke of the alien Qax; from this future one of the Qax contacts his descendents even further into the future expecting information on how humanities subjugation was held - instead learning that the Qax are themselves to be overthrown. Added to this is a host of hard-sf musings on quantum physics, the nature of time, and black holes. There's altogether less invention and excitement than in Raft, but here the characters are more likeable and well-rounded, with even some time for some humorous interaction between a life extended human and a physically younger AI of his father. Theres a pleasant, if slightly ambiguous ending, but the standalone aspect is slightly scuppered by a final paragraph that seems to have no meaning within the context of the novel itself (a trailer for Flux perhaps).
Recommended for the quality of ideas, just be prepared for entertainment of a more cerebral sort than the sense-of-wonder world-building of Raft.
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on 7 October 2003
I really enjoy Stephen Baxter's books and theories but i must admit i was a bit lost at he end of this book. There seemed to be not enough detail over the last few pages about what the hell was going on, but, maybe thats just me.
All in all an OK read, but i preferred raft or the manifold series.
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on 21 February 2009
Marginally engaging, but gets very bogged down in the science at points, and the end is not a particularly neat wrapping up of the story. The plot felt strained at times and the characters weren't developed well either. A little disappointing from what I'd read of the reviews.
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on 11 May 2013
Fantastic read, thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. An audio book adaptation of the entire Xeelee collection would be greatly appreciated.
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on 23 October 2014
Stunning book, cant get enough of Xeelee...why haven't they made films of his work.
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on 28 June 2016
excellent in general
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on 14 March 2014
Think this is the 3rd xeelee book I have read and I still dont know much about these wonders of the universe. ARE THEY REAL? or are they myth read the books and you decide.I am half way through ring and I feel bit cheated to be honest. Baxter better deliver the xeelee to me on a plate and soon.I want to know the lot!!!
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on 2 August 2001
What a disappointment! I really like Baxter's writing style, and this is packed with great hard-science ideas and has time travel thrown in for good measure. But the characters are deeply uninvolving and the whole thing just fizzles out into a very uninspiring ending, that leaves you wishing you'd spent the time more wisely. If you enjoy Baxter, and (like me) like a good time travel story, try The Time Ships instead. Now that was Fun!
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on 24 March 2001
An excellent SF novel, which maintains Baxter's reputation as one of the greatest living SF writers. Whoever said there were no new ideas in SF? Baxter has new ideas coming out of his ears! Great stuff.
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