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Dreadful. Perfectly Dreadful.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-19

I am a big fan of the first book in this series (Children of Time), but this second book is dreadful. It started well, became tedious, and ended horribly with a last-minute kumbaya moment. And the science was laughable. I have no explanation for the strong reviews. Perhaps if you like non-human animals (which I do) and have no serious science background (which leaves me out), it will appeal to you.

Bad science, bad ending. Two thumbs down

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-19

It is hard to write a story about time-travel without the reader continually wondering about logical inconsistencies. This story is about time travel -- albeit a peculiar kind of time travel -- and the inconsistencies just jump out of the story: in fact, the major story line is based on an inconsistency of the inconsistencies! And for me the worst part of the story was the quest to create a "quantum mirror" that could be used to understand the past and to perfectly predict the future. If the universe were deterministic, such a device would in theory be possible. But of course the universe is not deterministic: that is the most important consequence of quantum physics. So of all the possible names for the device, what caused the author to call it the "QUANTUM mirror"???

And while aliens did not fall from the sky to solve the problem, the author's ending was no better. If you want to read (or listen to) a broadly similar tale done very much better, get Benford's "Timescape."

Not up to her usual standard

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-19

Sets the stage and then has no way to end the story. Very disappointing. Far from her usual effort.

Starts interesting, ends ridiculously

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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-18

Bad science fiction almost always follows the same pattern: an interesting mystery is presented but because the author has no way to solve the mystery, aliens, coincidences or magic end the story. That describes The Fold perfectly even down to the aliens who want nothing more than to dine on humans. All connection to plausible science is discarded as the author brings his story to its dreadful conclusion. Two big thumbs down.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Nice conclusion

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-24-18

A good trilogy with a satisfying ending. Science fiction rather than fantasy but still plenty of human interest and much humor. An excellent listen.

Meh

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-18

Not much going on. A mystery that is neither clever nor surprising. Meh. He's done much better.

No There There

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-18

Card remains a good storyteller but he seems to have run out of stories to tell. This prequel to Ender's Game introduces characters for no reason, resolves nothing, and plainly is the first book in another series. It it supposed to end on a cliffhanger, but since we've all read Ender's Game already, we already know (in broad terms) what happens. Even the first book in a series should stand alone: it should resolve the minor plots it introduces. Card resolves nothing.

Not Good

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-17

While I thought the selection of stories was poor, that was not the biggest problem. These are tales of gods, gods once worshipped by an entire culture. Yet there was no majesty in the telling, and the language was rendered in modern idiom. I could almost see Thor wearing a backward baseball cap! He and the rest of the Norse gods deserve better.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

A fascinating story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-16

Two young men made a series of brilliant decisions and largely stayed true to their vision of thinking very, very big. if there is a weakness in this book, it is that the author is a bit of a fanboy.

Not good at all

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-16

While the story is supposed to be a mystery (I think), the denouement is obvious. It goes nowhere and takes a very long time to get there. If you like science fiction, look elsewhere.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful