My rating: 3 out of 5
Widely considered a classic of sci-fi, this book as been in my “to-do” shelf for a long time. I finally got to it now, and I have mixed feelings.
The idea itself is interesting enough, all the interesting tidbits of trivia about a future world, aliens, fall of some distant civilization interesting. But somehow I am missing a bigger picture or a story line. Perhaps I am used to 800+ page tomes of Neil Stephenson, but this just didn’t meet the expectations I had for it.
In addition for some reason the writing style didn’t sit well with me somehow. I had to concentrate on the content more than usual to not miss things.
It was still a nice enough read, with quirky characters and quite a few interesting odds and ends to be entertaining. But I think I will skip the followups.