I picked this book up with great anticipation, having read 4 others, In A Dry Season being the first, lucky me!
I was disappointed with this 18th book of Robinson's; I couldn't even finish it. I read half the book, and I found the story-line to be rather boring. It certainly wasn't up to this author's usual standard, based on his other books that I have read. I agree with Manning, if you are a new reader, don't start off with this one. You will be disappointed.