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Interesting ideas poorly realised
on 9 May 2011
This is a book of short stories that was recommended to me as as an introduction to Stephen Baxter's Xeelee series of stories.
Ignoring the downbeat themes which seem to be a feature of this view of the far future, there aren't a lot of laughs in this version of mankind's destiny, it suffers from poor characterisation and a tendency to show wonders reflected only through the eyes of his rather badly drawn characters.
There is also a shed load of physics to plough through. If I wanted to read a book about quantum mechanics I'd buy one.
All in all I found it a touch unsatisfying, but I'm going to give some more of the Xeelee stories a chance because the characterisations are supposed to be better.