I especially appreciated the scholarly lecture at the beginning telling me about what I was about to hear and why it was so special.
A truly epic poem that kept my interest until the very end.
The untranslated version after the modern english version was interesting as well.
The whole relativity thing and time dilation was a great plot device. I liked how the technology and world changed with each new assignment.
The ending was a little too pat, but the loose ends were all tied up so I could feel closure.
About the foibles in us all and how they often affect other people for better or worse.
The first part was a narration about family, the second about dealing with the quasi-antigonist. The plot device of an elderly father writing a letter to his young child before his death didn't really carry the second part very well.
In spite of that - I enjoyed the story.
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