I found the story to be enthralling, an truly interesting take on the next step of human evolution.
The general story and overarching concept really stretched my imagination. The concept of a gestalt organism is fascinating and is wonderfully explained throughout the story.
The first and last narrator were fantastic, I believe it was Stefan Rudnicki. Harlan Ellison's voice did not fit his role and was difficult to hear and understand at times.
Yes it was.
A shorter novel. The novel was a conglomeration of three short stores. Together, in my opinion, they merit a single short story. There is simply not enough story to sustain a novel format.
No, it has not turned me off from Science Fiction.
Part 2, narrated by Harlan Ellison. Part 1 nearly bored me to death. Part 3 brought closure, but it was still too long and tedious.
A lot of boredom and feeling of tediousness. I found myself frequently feeling, "C'mon, get on with the story."
I am unsure why this book is such a classic, since it is so overwritten. The basic plot is interesting. I can understand why that would merit classifying it as "classic." But the story could have been told in 15-20 pages easily enough.
I gotta say I was kinda confused with this story...seemed like it took a long time to get into the meat and answer some questions...bunch of kids all with a differant "gift" individually that when placed together are super smart....the end sort of tied things together.
I got this because of the good reviews but I really didn't like it. It was very strange and it tried to be deep but just got more confusing and I couldn't care about the characters less. pass this one by.