I must admit that my encounter with this book was totally ruled by chance - I didn???t even read the review, I had one credit left and asked for something from the genre. I was expecting some standard pulp low budget thing I bump into beeing an avid fan of SF and preparing my Self for a perverse act of suspending disbelief a tad more that a sane person would allow. Not so! I wanted wonders, and that LOVELY shiver, people in strange yet self-congruent circumstances allowing me to engage in meme war, testing my memetic d-fence and got everything! Science-fiction is not about phasers and nanotech, it???s about people! Gadgets are a necessity, but I woudn???t call it a vice. Just like the lovely Tina from the novel, I am aroused by gadgets (an actreess reading that sentence did it simply perfect :8]). Fortunately, great writers tend to at least keep beeing good writers, even if they do 11???th book of saga of whatever (argh). So very true in this field, any random college stud with a background in RPG games thinks she CAN write good SF novel, "'cause, man, it's easier than realistic novels, man, just imagine a bunch of stuff and off you go!". Oh, humanity...I can spot a difference between a wannabee and a storyteller after few sentences, though English is not my native language (Poland, that religious state (yes, it IS). This one is not of those rarities you never forget, but it is at least very good. A mix of sober explanations heated by LOVELY exchanges of bodily fluids, with those bits that DO matter, as nuances of courtship rituals. Hey, Audible, I want more, I???m hooked! I hope there is a book or two more about sweet Tina and her posthuman counterpart...
This is is as much hard SF, as erotica and religious epos. A masterpiece. It actually got me into a few days of something you might call a mental ilness. I thought about it. I dreamed about it. It has so many levels, only after third listening I really got the meaning of various oddities and became moderately sane, though altered, person. Believe me, every bit is there for a reason! I won't spoil you fun, but read Quicksilver by same author (Audible has it in stock) and you might enter the same state of altered conciousness, and in a perfectly legal way! This book has layers within layers within layers...Plus, it's a very good audiobook even if you ignore the contents. This man is dangerous!
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