I applaud this book. It took me a while to get started with it, however I thoroughly enjoyed it at the end. The story was engrossing; simple yet complex. I loved it.
Neatly extending the story of the hero of A Fire Upon the Deep, this excellent book has interstellar scope while never sacrificing personal closeness. Bravo.
Born a "Boomer". Joined the "Now" generation. Recently realized Now has become Then.
Again Vinge weaved multiple converging cultures and stories to build an epic story.
Larking did a good job giving the different characters identifiability, but this solo performance could have been a true opera with a fuller cast of male & female voices.
so by some twist of fate I started the zones of thought series here and I fell in love, definitely a solid independent story. the author is truly a genius and master of his craft. a truly unique look at alien life in a really positive and meaningful way. what a wonderful universe Vernor has created so clever and plausible and deep. also very dark at times, with the very mature themes of betrayal, manipulation, love, exploitation, conspiracy, power, the nature of consciousness and contact with ET. very smart read
It was a little hard to get into, as the world was so unique. I, however was soon enveloped and couldn't shut it off!
Vernor Vingeb is an absolute genius, you must read this book. I loved 'A Fire Upon the Deep' but this was so much better in almost every regard.
I can see why this won the Hugo award. A really good story with well developed characters. An interesting plot with twists and turns. The only thing I would change would be the preformance. I think that the tone of the performance should be more dark and ominous.
I found both his books difficult in the first few chapters as we're introduced to such imaginatively different characters and technology. But, once I understand the strangeness of this new universe, I'm totally enthralled with the story. It is a must read for anyone who enjoys strongly character driven sci-fi.
The story is great. The performance was inappropriate. The voice is not without talent, but he has a matter-of-fact quality that is very wrong for certain parts of the story, especially the sex scenes which he makes very creepy and unlistenable, I ended up putting this down before finishing because the reader gave me the creeps. Not recommended. Maybe I will read this one soon.