The main character just never grabbed my interest, and I just never cared what happened to her, or to the other characters.
I mean, this stuff is still much better than the standards of a normal author, but this is Vernor Vinge we're talking about here.
Vinge does this very well in this book with a nice balance of character development and development of an interesting world.
Vernor Vinge is definatly among the very best sci-fi writers. This book is very good. Some of his other work such as "A deepness in the sky" are truely outstandingPublished 14 days ago by Bark
Neither the characters nor the setting intrigued me. Now, Vinge is one of my favorite authors, and I usually love hist stuff But every one misses occasionally, and this is Vinge's... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Voracious Reader
Some cool ideas, but poorly executed. Lost interest 1/3 of the way through. If you are expecting anything remotely on the level of A Fire Upon the Deep or A Deepness in the Sky,... Read morePublished 22 months ago by David P. Smith
I enjoyed the story as it unfolded. It was nothing really special but it was still enjoyable. No heavy tech and such and definitely not a space opera. Read morePublished on July 31, 2012 by Michael Poore
An early and somewhat atypical Vinge novel. Most of Vinge's novels are built around a major gee-whiz technological idea. Plot, character development, etc. Read morePublished on March 14, 2010 by R. Albin
This early set of works from Vinge, are at times quite interesting; but, the ending fails to truly satisfy the buildup. Read morePublished on December 8, 2009 by Stewart Teaze - Global Warming Debunker; Kiddies: Don't believe your teacher's/professor's job-killing union-stooge thieving commie agenda
Interesting expansion of a short story into a full length novel set in the alternate reality of outer space.Published on June 9, 2009 by Pitts98
Vinge tells the story of a girl that is born in an aboriginal culture that is very low tech. An opportunity arises for her to enter the society of a floating city and become more... Read morePublished on August 31, 2007 by Blue Tyson
Tatja is a barbarian girl from the interior of a massive continent. Her world is poor in metals and civilization is mostly restricted to the island fringes. Read morePublished on August 9, 2007 by John A Lee III