It's a "great big object" plot which is so cliché today, borrowed from the mind of Arthur C. Clark who did it first with Rendesvous with Rama, but it's such a great idea and so much fun that I didn't care! I love asteroids and stories about them! But I do wish that Bear had fleshed out the characters and environments better. I had a hard time rendering the scenes in my mind before Bear just charged ahead. Even after a second time, I still don't quite know what each of the six areas really look like or what Thistledown city looks like. Bear describes some of the technology but we're left guessing as to what the city actually looks like.
When I realized that the universe in which the narrator exists is NOT our universe! That moment came when Vasquez was testing the value of pi, presumably in "our" universe, to test her multi-meter device, and showed: 3.41592645, and she said "ok". Wow. Because, when I'd read that as a teenager for the first time, I'd assumed it was a typo.
Mon. O. Tone. Easy to get lost listening to this complex story. I like his voice, and it may just be this material which is complex, but I found it hard to see the picture his voice was painting in my mind's eye and had to backtrack quite a bit. A second listening will be needed to really get into the story the way I want to. Reading on my own with the Kindle edition I was able to follow the story much better. I'm not sure if the reader can be blamed for that but there are times when he does go full-on monotone and delivers some really sleepy lines.
World War 3. I read this in 1986 so that part of the story was disturbing. But it's funny to think about that now because the Earth in this story isn't "our" Earth (i.e. Greg Bear's Earth).
Multiple readings/listens are required to fully appreciate this difficult but enjoyable story. It's hard sci-fi of the hardest type, not for casual fans who know nothing about science.
Yes! John Lee's performance is excellent, with variation of character voices and rock solid narration with inflection and emotion.
It is epic in scope and polishes off the series very similarly to the way in which The Return of the King concludes that particular story. And given the nature of the Silfen, it's not an unwarranted comparison--I was especially pleased with the Silfen "roads", reminiscent of Tolkien's elves taking their journey out of Middle Earth. A not-so-loose tie-in.
I haven't finished the entire book yet but so far my favorite has been the flight of Araminta to escape the dreamers with the Silfen after the barrier goes up around Sol.
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This is, without a doubt, the best of the series, including the two previous novels leading up to it. Starts off fast and continues at a breakneck pace without slowing down, and all sub-plots are dealt with masterfully. I can't recommend Temporal quite as much as this one, although I definitely would not skip any in the series. I was pleased that Hamilton did not re-explain everything. This book is for a fan, not a new reader. I am also glad that there's less time given to Edeard in the Void--though that is essentially the main thread of the book. I don't know how it ends yet, but looking forward to it.
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