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The James Joyce of SF (I'm very much afraid)
on 8 November 2012
Where the previous volume (The Quantum Thief) was only fairly confusing, this is almost willfully obscure. Not that it is without interest, but nothing is explained directly, and what is presented tangentially or in fragments is wrapped up in all manner of tiresome gubbins -- smartmatter, computer-based personalities, intelligent spaceships with emotional issues, free-floating rogue software, multiple realities, cod eastern mysticism, and (of course) quantum everything. In fact it contains everything that I'm beginning to get really rather tired of in modern SF. I had hoped that things would become clearer from part one, but no such luck. I had to read The Quantum Thief twice; I don't think I could bear to do the same with this.