|mecurtin (mecurtin) wrote in badgerbag,|
I felt exceptionally well-qualified to read this book because I'm a regular Obsidian Wings and Crooked Timber, blogs with actual philosophers on them, where Kant might break out at any moment. My husband confesses that he just may have kind of skimmed through some parts ... looking for plot, y'know. But this is a realio trulio Novel of Ideas, in every sense -- Ideas are some of the main characters, and if you don't like Ideas you're not likely to be able to get through the book.
For me the hardest thing to get through were the descriptions of buildings and places -- I have a lot of trouble going from a string of words to the mental image of a place, I really really wanted maps and drawings. Have you found any online?
The idea of the Concent and the 1/10/100/1000 year Aperts is of course fascinating, though I can't help picking at it. I don't understand why the Centennials had problems with bizarre behavior or talents in the early cycles, but the millenials don't seem to. And I really don't understand how the Ita fit in -- how come their culture doesn't shift along with that of the outsiders.
The sexism made me go *sigh*, but the magically-appearing fertility and wedding at the end were a big ball of WTF. Oh boywriters, why you gotta be that way?!?