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this seemed like an attractive prospect
on 25 February 2016
Having come across the Dream Archipelago in other Priest books, this seemed like an attractive prospect. It's a bit difficult to get into at first, as the material is presented as fragments in a wide variety of narrative styles. But eventually some later fragments start to cast light on earlier ones, raising hopes that by the end of the book all will become clearer. But it doesn't entirely cohere, I thought - it just goes on and then stops.
Priest's world is remarkably close to our own current one in terms of technology, though there are some odd bolted-on SF features that raise echoes of his other books - time vortexes, for example. I couldn't see the purpose of introducing the early section on thrymes, except as an incidental to aid a bit of plot later on.
Don't let my rather unenthusiastic comments put you off reading this book - Priest has vastly more imagination than most mainstream authors, but it is all a bit quirky.