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Posted May 8, 2000
Good sci-fi ideas, but not great as fiction
I am a big fan of both Clarke and Baxter, but this novel is not among my favorites of their stories. I saw as very interesting the scientific ideas of the possible uses of wormholes, as well as the social manifestations of these developments. There also were many interesting comments peppered throughout the book. These aspects of the novel seemed like they came from Baxter and Clarke. Yet as a work of fiction I do not think the book succeeds. For one thing, the characters are rather sketchy and unoriginal. Secondly, there is a fair amount of what I consider filler material that does not add to the story. Third, the overall writing style is quite harsh, often with unpleasant language and scenes that in my opinion were unnecessary. In this regard particularly I think this book is not typical of Clarke, at least. But all in all, as a sci-fi story I enjoyed it to a fair degree.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.