It is amazing how opinions differ. I thought this was excellent and I went on to enjoy all his books in written form. You should definitely try one ..Show More »as you have a whole oeuvre to look forward to if you enjoy it.
I would point out that I think Ricky Gervais is a very dull comedian and that The Office is tedious drivel so my tastes may not lie on the average!
Just to put things right this book is the SECOND in the series. There are other books in the same universe parrallel to this one. However this one con..Show More »tinues the story on most directly from "Revelation space" Time has moved on though and new charecters take the lead. Its as fantastic as the first and exceptionaly well read. Can't wait for the next installment. Wikapedia has a good entry on Reynolds and all his books and short stories.
All three books do a great job at starting plot lines and describing minute details of the world, but in the end they all fizzle out. The reader is le..Show More »ft to extrapolate the story from the established trajectory for themselves far too many times.
John Lee's narration is, however, somewhat improved over the previous 2 books.
I was charmed and enthralled by the imaginative scope of this novel, the poor review I had read almost put me off, I am so glad it didn't! Great story..Show More », well drawn together at the end , with the hint of a sequel, perhaps? Is this what irked the negative reviewer? The characters lived for me and reflected weaknesses and strengths, making the dilemmas resonate for me. Not a 5 , but a worthy 4.