City at the End of Time by Greg Bear(8 ratings)
|Title||City at the End of Time|
|Submitted by K Dorsett |
Overall: Wow. This book makes me feel like I just finished the death march of Bataan.
|Submitted by Anonymous |
Never having read Greg Bear's work before I found this book based on the previous list of accomplishments and awards. From the outset I had hopes this story would not only entertain but pique my curiosity and perhaps even throw in an interesting hook on time or time travel or... As I read I found I wasn't interested in the characters I found a general lack of character development. Still I pushed on and found that although there were conflicts, it wasn't possible for me to tell the scope of the conflict and made it hard to 'connect' to the story. Midway I had developed only a marginal interest in the breed characters and would have liked more cultural background and much more interpersonal development. Even at that point I found myself pushing to read on, I didn't seem too drawn or compelled to read through. The ending is for me the most unfortunate portion of this book, it wraps up a story-line that has only just unfolded, ex the introduction of Brahma, and the full meaning of the reincarnation cycle of the universe. Worse, I found our non-machine characters (eidolons and the librarian were machines yes?) thrown into a garden of Eden. and everyone lived happily ever after. Something hard enough to take from characters I've become connected to, silly with characters I can't care about.
|Submitted by Thomas Witting |
I bought the book full of anticipation after having read the back cover. Immediately you could sense that this is not one of the easy ones, but I thought, having read SF for 42 years I will comprehend this, and it will turn out to be a gem if I just persist.
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