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I LOVE Greg Bear's other books. Darwin's Radio - Awesome. Darwin's Children - Great. Vitals - Loved it. But this one just baffles me. It's like Steven Hawking meets Moulin Rouge. Huh?
I understand his interest in writing a more poetic novel, but Bear's strength is hard science storytelling. Clear, concise, building of smart plots in simple English, and recognizable time periods. His brilliance is taking difficult or theoretic scientific concepts and wrapping a story around them in a way that makes them meaningful to the rest of us. When clever language, timeframe switching, and plot puzzles get in the way of that strength, I think it's big a mistake.
I didn't finish the book. It just got too weird.
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After reading the other reviews, I almost avoided this book. I love Bear's other titles, so decided to give it a shot. I really liked the book. Yes, it is confusing, especially at the beginning. I think, though, that the author was trying to covey the feeling that the characters had, by writing the book in such a way as to mimic their confusion, their sense of trying to understand what is happening to them and their world and their feelings of coping with infinite and clashing rules, order, and reality. If you just go with it, the book is very satisfying, interesting, and imaginative. It is not just another retold tale, but something different. I thought is was artful and fascinating how he deals with huge concepts of time, space, alternate universes, etc. I found the characters and their connections interesting. I wanted to know how they dealt with the situation and was satisfied with the books conclusion. I think this one is up there among the better books.
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