A far future Canterbury Tales, set in a world of mystery, legend and romance.
A stunning tour de force, this Hugo Award-winning novel is the first volume in a remarkable new science fiction epic by the author of The Hollow Man. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Dans Simmons has created a richly textured world that is very detailed and believable. The characters are neither good nor bad, just various areas of gray. The book is very deep and is worth the effort to read. The book is very readable but will take some time becasue it is not a super fast read. This is the first of four series and the others should also be read. Highly recommended.
Overall, I found the writing style to be too wordy. I would rather be entertained by ideas than an unusual use of words.
While I did enjoy a couple of the stories, two others left me completely indifferent - if not annoyed at having to read them.
The overall story was intriguing enough that it kept me reading to the end. A secondary benefit I was hoping for, was reading about one particularly annoying character's death. Unfortunately, the ending has let me down on both accounts. Not only did the annoying character survive, but there was also nothing even remotely resembling a conclusion.
Two stars - for the two stories I enjoyed.