20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Warning: Not For Everybody!,
This review is from: Lightpaths (Mass Market Paperback)
I want to start by saying that I really enjoyed this book. That is, once I realized what it is. Or rather, what it isn't. This book is pushed as science fiction with names like Heinlein and Gibson mentioned on the cover and it is science fiction in the sense that it's fiction set in the future in a set-up generated by scientific advances-- but it isn't science fiction in terms of adhering to classic genre rules or plot. Several points:
1) This is a novel musing on the possibility of Utopia in a future where our 'greed and growth' (as the book puts it) have grown to dangerous proportions.
2) Not a whole lot happens to anything except on an internal and a narrowly interpersonal level. Don't look for action.
3) Occasionally very dense passages heavily laced with current and historic utopian thinkers. I've read 'em, so it meant something to me. I shudder to think what it would have been like if I hadn't.
4) Charactization gets lost, sometimes, in all the philosophizing. Roger, in particular, feels a little bit stock.
5) The ending has some definite lameness. It's as though he suddenly woke up and decided he had to put some action in, quick. So he did.
If you go into the book while knowing all of the above, you may well enjoy it quite a bit. If you go in expecting escapist genre fiction, it's really going to suck.