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.
I'm the most boring person on the planet.
I enjoyed the Spider story line, but found the space opera to be a much lacking. In the end it somewhat redeems itself, but just barely.
Peter Larkin was the great redeamer of this book. Had I not enjoyed his ongoing performance, I might have given up on this book. Easily he has been added to one of my favorite performers and I hope to hear him again.
Not a chance.
I enjoyed the place the story eventually took me to.
The ending and learning about the aliens
Felt as though I was there.
I love the Peter F Hamilton books this was not like that, however it had similarities.It would be nice if there was more to keep my interest up, as it's a long book.The book did drag on in places, and I had trouble remembering who was who.It did win a HUGO award, so maybe its just not my style of book so I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Judge for yourself.
ps It's also a bit like Brian Aldis's Helliconia trilogy, but sadly not as good, as I was riveted by that.
An epic sci-fi story, and I enjoyed it a great deal and would recommend it to fans of the genre, especially in the Peter Hamilton style. My only criticisms are that the author allowed himself a few too many opportunities to veer off on a tangent for several minutes in areas that ultimately had little or no import on the story as a whole, and the story could have benefitted from a little judicious editing. Also, the spider babies were made to be a little too "cutesy" in my view. That may have been largely in the "baby voices" used by the narrator, which eventually were a little annoying, but a little too much unnecessary spider children attention.