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  • Bored to tears

    Couldn't even finish. Beyond boring! I've tried and tried to get into this book, I'm three quarters through and enough is enough.

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  • Not my cup of tea

    Too much social prose. Couldn't finish. Started out interestingly enough, then I lost the story line. Started skipping pages then I lost interest. Where did the aliens go?

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  • Great!

    Could not stop reading. The story is well paced without major gaps, so its not too hard to follow. Many names, as always in Hamilton's books, but manageable. Need to get the next part now:)

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  • Rest read

    Interesting storyline with surprising ending. Recommended..

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  • cool concept, boring details

    the concept is neat. Hamilton paints an amazing picture of a future and understands human interaction at a better level than many sci fi writers. The worldbuilding around the "portal" technology is great and the author does a great job at portraying an evolved human culture as well. The problem with this book is the narrative structure. Hamilton has decided to tell this story through non linear vignettes, centering around a group of humans that are sent to investigate a crashed alien ship. The vignettes are flashbacks that tell each of the humans' backstories, as wel as flashing forward to a group of humans in the far future. The problem is that none of these flashbacks have much relevance to the overall plot. To tell you their actual relevance would be a spoiler, but these stories are 90% irrelevant to the main concept of the aliens. Hamilton has tried to tell a Cloud Atlas but only linked the stories with tiny details rather than ensuring they followed a common theme.

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