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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Highly recommended

The characters are all well developed with a highly original and imaginative storyline. Anyone interested in scifi views of humanities far future, nanotechnology, the Iliad, or dystopian societies should love this book.

posted by 6668049 on January 16, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

This book lacks coherence and is a dificult read

This book lacks coherence and many parts were often unintelligible. Simmons has the bad habit of making up his own words and terminology - this would not be such a problem if he defined them and explained the words when using them. However, he often does not explain the...
This book lacks coherence and many parts were often unintelligible. Simmons has the bad habit of making up his own words and terminology - this would not be such a problem if he defined them and explained the words when using them. However, he often does not explain the terms until hundreds of pages later, if at all!!(scholic,moravecs, voynix, faxing humans?- i still dont know what these are after reading the novel). He seems to be trying to tell more than one story at a time, and therefore the novel lacks any semblance of a normal progression. I often found myslf mumbling, 'what the heck is going on?' and would look again and again at the story summary on the dust jacket vainly seeking an explanation. I understand that Simmons is considered a top Sci-fi writer- but he would sell lot more copies if he made an effort not to write in such an obtuse style. and many parts were often unintelligible. Simmons has the bad habit of making up his own words and terminology - this would not be such a problem if he defined them and explained the words when using them. However, he often does not explain the terms until hundreds of pages later, if at all!!(scholic,moravecs, voynix, faxing humans?- i still dont know what these are after reading the novel). He seems to be trying to tell more than one story at a time, and therefore the novel lacks any semblance of a normal progression. I often found myslf mumbling, 'what the heck is going on?' and would look again and again at the story summary on the dust jacket vainly seeking an explanation. I understand that Simmons is considered a top Sci-fi writer- but he would sell lot more copies if he made an effort not to write in such an obtuse style.

posted by Anonymous on June 18, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2004

    Disappointingly adolescent

    I love the Illiad as well as alternate history books. Based on some online reviews, I picked this book up at my library. All I can say is - thank goodness that I didn't pay for this book. Simmons jumped around from chapter to chapter, which caused lots of confusion. On top of that, most of the conversations contained unneccessary vulgarities and, in the second chapter, a description of a nude adolescent girl of about 15. It's not that I was offended by any of this, only that there seemed to be no purpose to any of it. It was clear that the target reader of this book was a pubescent male. If you are looking for an intellectual, engrossing book, look elsewhere.

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