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At best the writing is pretentious; at worst it is laughably bad.
As always, the author's eye for exquisite details adds another dimension to a book that's already head and shoulder above the competition.
So I wanted to like this book but the writing is so bad it clouds the ideas and makes reading the thing pointless.
I read and enjoy a wide variety of Sci-Fi, but this book is terrible - hackneyed, derivative ideas and overwrought prose masquerading as "cool", utterly shallow. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sholto Spradbury
Love the multiverse idea but when entire sections are rendered puzzling by the overuse of Brazilian words/slang, it becomes a chore, not a read. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Brent Disbrow
I knew a lot of it was nonsense. In particular, his alternate timelines and his explanation of quantum theory; but I was more than willing to let it pass. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Richard Dengrove
One sub-genre of book I love, is mixed language, or created language books. They are a tough challenging read. Read morePublished 8 months ago by StonCuld
The concept is interesting; although the writing is a bit chaotic. But the main problem was that if a writer intends to use words from another language to illustrate the narrative,... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Odnanref
This book educated me about the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira, enough to look up some fight videos on YouTube. Marcelina seemed very present-day in our particular universe. Read morePublished on September 8, 2012 by Craig K. Jackson
How does Ian McDonald do it. He delighted me with River of Gods. He surprised me with Cyberabad Days. This is an absolute beauty. Read morePublished on June 10, 2012 by Kaipa Kartik
Fun and enjoyable, I liked it even more than the River of Gods. Definitely encouraged me to get more of Ian McDonalds books.Published on January 6, 2012 by Arthur Rozum
Oh, we're shifting between time periods and tying them together? Neal Stephenson. We're using shades as a user interface and working with atomic-level cutting implements? Read morePublished on April 6, 2011 by Christopher Wanko