Really torn on this one
The vision of this book is breathtaking, but the narrative is jerky and awkward at times. Chapters 4-7 were the height, in my opinion. The transcendence of the concepts made what had come before worth the opacity and confusion. But characters get dropped and left behind, and I found the end deeply unsatisfying -- a real disappointment after all that had come before. The book is a glorious attempt, and I respect and am awed by what the author was trying to do, but I think it's held back from true greatness by a key bit of incoherence.
One more thing to add -- I'd gladly read Stross again, for the sheer vision if nothing else. The style of the book is some of what I think holds it back, and so I'd be curious to see what he'd do with a more traditional novel format.
Feb 23, 2009 4:22 pm