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1.0 out of 5 stars I put it down half-way through. Jan. 21 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Nothing like EON. EON is the one. This was a hack sequel with no guts. Very dissapointing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as EON March 3 2003
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While this sequesl to EON clears up and tidies some aspects presented in the first book, there are some jumbled parts. I wanted more time spent with the Jarts interacting. Maybe get into the Jarts head some more? The religious concepts and misunderstandings are as fresh today as when this was written.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little vague at times but overall a good read Nov. 30 2002
By Andy
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At first I was disappointed by this book but the more I read it, the more enwrapped I became by this sci-fi political thriller. The thing that disappointed me most about this book was the feel that it was a sequel. Throughout the book numerous references are made to such groups as Geshels, Neo-Geshels, Jarts, Terrestrials, Old Natives, the Hexamon, the Nexus, and a seemingly endless list of planets without really giving much of a description or explanation as to what they are. After doing a little bit of research on this book, I made the discovery that it actually is a sequel to another book that Greg Bear wrote called Eon. While I've never read that book I would recommend reading it before reading Eternity because I presume it goes into a little more detail describing just what these organizations actually are.
Should one not have the time, one can eventually figure out what Bear is talking about through context clues, but it took me about a good half of the book until I was confident I understood what all of these things were. Once I got past this, I really could appreciate the book more.
The book takes place at some future date, presumably several hundred years or so from now, after a nuclear war with Russia. This nuclear war is referred to as both the Death and as the Sundering. Apparently an extremely large hollowed out asteroid called Thistledown, which is also referred to throughout the book as the Stone and also as the Potato, is in orbit around Earth. Humans have colonized this asteroid and it seems as if most of the wealthier humans, known as the Geshels, live there. Thistledown holds the gateway to a faster than light highway of sorts, that allows transportation between planets, galaxies, universes, and even through time. This "highway" is known as the Way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eternity th Best Ever Dec 15 2001
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Eternity is a sweeping vision defining the plot vein started with Stapleton's Starmaker and Zebrowski's Macroworld. Extending from the near future to the Universe's end, Greg Bear paints a vision of Humanity (extended to all intelligentlife forms)at it's best and worst, and does it with very sympathetic characters, extensive and involved plots, and ingenious predictions on technology and evolution. Plus, The Way - a constructed, self-contained universe made by man. Quite possibly the best Science Fiction I have read. If you read Eon, by Bear, this is a must-read sequal that far surpasses the original.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A slow start with an interesting conclusion... Sept. 1 2001
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While I initially had mixed feelings about Bear's Eon, I have to admit that certain points of his world did capture my interest and I did feel the desire to read more. In this light, Eternity is excellent as it shows us what happens to most of the important characters after the final events in Eon. In contrast though, the book was extremely slow to start and seemed mainly concerned about the characters attitudes and feelings as long passages were devoted to personal insight and environmental descriptions. Only after about 1/3 into the novel do things become much more interesting and the conclusion is definitely thought provoking. Overall, I would recommend fans of Eon to give this book a chance as it seems a fitting conclusion to the story, even if a bit long winded.
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