"A group of pilgrims, each with their own agenda, journey to confront the mysterious Shrike. Fantastic! This is the first book of a four book series. The first two are the best and can easily stand alone"
"On the edge of your seat space saga overcomes it's flaws to be a pretty good read. Vinge manages to create two well defined distinct alien races in this novel. Although not quite as good, the sorta prequel "A Deepness In The Sky" is worth reading also"
"In a world where one can make copies of his/her self to handle life's more tedious tasks, detective Albert Morris attempts to solve the mystery behind a scientists death. Fun novel which explores issues of identity, self and memory. Definitely recommended, although, the final 1/4 of the book where Brin decides to get "deep" somehow doesn't fit in with the rest of the novel."
"Big, big book about man's curiosity getting the best of him as unwittingly a dangerous enemy is unleashed. Tons of characters and plotlines. Be prepared to read the sequel immediately afterwards. A fun ride."
"Okay, well a fantasy that is a single volume is always going to win some points with me. As a bonus it's a pretty good book that suffers from just some slight subpar writing. Defintely recommended nevertheless."
"First book of a very enjoyable, original trilogy. I do want to say that it did lag for me at a few points. Also, it never quite recovers from the loss of a character from the first book. Still definitely recommended"
"Easily one of the better fantasy books I've read in some time. The orphaned Locke Lamora becomes a sucessful thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist until a dangerous enemy threatens to destroy everything Locke holds dear. First book of an ongoing series"