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Definitely more intellectual than exciting. I don't mind intellectual writing,but prefer it in equal measures of excitement and either comedy or wit.
I was led on by the hope that it got better, only to find disappointment in the end.
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The beginning of this novel, a genetic accident creating long life, is no worse that other inventions (frozen sleep, etc.), to build the foundation for mankind's first visit to the stars. It does offer some interesting plot support. Once you get through that, and the lack of science content, you have a great book of first contact with mankind the underdogs! Reminds me of some of the great SF of the 60's & 70's, which I have sorely missed.
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On the plus side, the reader had a warm narrative voice and good characterisation.
On the minus side, the writing is very much low space opera and it appears that the only good aliens are subserviant to humans or dead. A group of highly intelligent scientists who claim to be opposed to war attack every alien that they can find, sometimes even before identifying the species. Anyone who doesn't agree with this policy is considered a traitor and must be killed.
This book follows the Ronald Reagan school of interspecies co-operation. This feels like the author's position rather than that of the characters. If that is what you like then you will probably like the approach in this book. If not then maybe another title would be better for you. For my money, this was a poor choice both because of the agenda and indifferent writing.