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19 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

To be continued!!!! Aaaaah, dang

Excellent read. Kept my attention throughout, and didn't suffer from too much made-up alien thinking. However, I wish somebody else had written a review before me that said "WARNING: JUST ABOUT THE TIME YOU GET EXCITED ABOUT THE PLOT! IT SOPS DEAD -- TO BE CONTINUED I...
Excellent read. Kept my attention throughout, and didn't suffer from too much made-up alien thinking. However, I wish somebody else had written a review before me that said "WARNING: JUST ABOUT THE TIME YOU GET EXCITED ABOUT THE PLOT! IT SOPS DEAD -- TO BE CONTINUED IN THE NEXT BOOK! Unlike most serial stories, this is not a free-standing installment that comes to some logical end. It just stops in the middle of the plot. It should not have been released without the second installment on the shelves beside it! I do recommend you buy it, but I strongly recommend you wait until the next installment is on the shelves as well.

posted by GVTolly on October 20, 2012

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15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

This refers to the hardcover version of the novel. Every once

This refers to the hardcover version of the novel.

Every once in a while I read a book where I can barely restrain the urge to whip out a red pen, mark-up all the mistakes I find in the text, and mail it back to the publisher, requesting a job as an editor and a refu...
This refers to the hardcover version of the novel.

Every once in a while I read a book where I can barely restrain the urge to whip out a red pen, mark-up all the mistakes I find in the text, and mail it back to the publisher, requesting a job as an editor and a refund.

This is one of those books. There are basic errors in the text that were not caught ranging from misspelling of characters' names, inexplicable changes in descriptions of known people or objects (think of someone being repeatedly described as blue-eyed suddenly described as brown-eyed), incorrect characters being referenced (e.g. a character stated as speaking when that character is not physically present).

Then there were bigger errors, such one paragraph that was supposed to have been deleted but wasn't, as the character described as doing something wasn't physically there, and then the same action was repeated in the following paragraph by a character who was actually there. There was another section where I think 4-5 paragraphs were printed out of order; at least it made more sense when I read them in an order other than how they were printed.

The humans in the story are separated into 3 groups physically separated by huge distances. There is a cast of characters in the beginning of the book that identifies which humans are in which group. Unfortunately, neither the authors nor the editors looked at it, as characters in one group would be referenced as being with another group, an intermittent error that persisted through the novel. There are more examples but they are difficult to describe without being spoilery.

And while some of the errors could be construed as nit-picking, all of the mistakes taken as a whole give the impression that Tor just pushed this out the door figuring it would sell on name recognition and any mistakes would be overlooked because of the authors.

For me, anyway, it also serves to repeatedly throw me out of the narrative, which definitely decreases my enjoyment of any story.

posted by Anonymous on November 29, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    This refers to the hardcover version of the novel. Every once

    This refers to the hardcover version of the novel.

    Every once in a while I read a book where I can barely restrain the urge to whip out a red pen, mark-up all the mistakes I find in the text, and mail it back to the publisher, requesting a job as an editor and a refund.

    This is one of those books. There are basic errors in the text that were not caught ranging from misspelling of characters' names, inexplicable changes in descriptions of known people or objects (think of someone being repeatedly described as blue-eyed suddenly described as brown-eyed), incorrect characters being referenced (e.g. a character stated as speaking when that character is not physically present).

    Then there were bigger errors, such one paragraph that was supposed to have been deleted but wasn't, as the character described as doing something wasn't physically there, and then the same action was repeated in the following paragraph by a character who was actually there. There was another section where I think 4-5 paragraphs were printed out of order; at least it made more sense when I read them in an order other than how they were printed.

    The humans in the story are separated into 3 groups physically separated by huge distances. There is a cast of characters in the beginning of the book that identifies which humans are in which group. Unfortunately, neither the authors nor the editors looked at it, as characters in one group would be referenced as being with another group, an intermittent error that persisted through the novel. There are more examples but they are difficult to describe without being spoilery.

    And while some of the errors could be construed as nit-picking, all of the mistakes taken as a whole give the impression that Tor just pushed this out the door figuring it would sell on name recognition and any mistakes would be overlooked because of the authors.

    For me, anyway, it also serves to repeatedly throw me out of the narrative, which definitely decreases my enjoyment of any story.

    15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    I had high hopes for this book as I've been a Larry Niven fan fo

    I had high hopes for this book as I've been a Larry Niven fan for years, but my hopes were dashed by page 12,365 of 25,234 when I realized that nothing was happening. Seriously, it is 800 pages long with no discernable story. Just a bunch of humans walking around causing trouble on an alien bowl in the sky. I'll wait for the free library version of the sequel.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    I read the E-book version of this novel on my original nook. You

    I read the E-book version of this novel on my original nook.
    You'll see a lot of comments on the poor editing of the book -- I agree with them all.  I had read about 75 pages when I felt the disjointedness of the prose.  This is a real danger when authors collaborate, even good authors. The other shocker was the fact this turned out to be only part 1.  I wish I had known that up front, as it was an unwelcome revelation at the end of the book.
    The plot is very reminiscent of Niven's Ringworld novel.  The exception being this world is teaming with lots of different species.  The novel has at least 5 independent story threads. Only two of them are given much attention by the authors; this would have to be a much larger book to accommodate this many story lines.  It's ambitious and since I have not been able to read part 2, I cannot tell if they were successful.
    Over all, this is not a poor book.  I was entertained where the story dealt with technology and got pretty bored with the sermons on responsible ecology stewardship.  I'd like to know more about the master species of the bowl but there are scant details.  I do hope the authors divulge more in the second book -- except I am not sure I like this first one enough to buy the second.  I'll have to wait for those reviews.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 16, 2012

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