Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Review: City at the End of Time

City at the End of Time
City at the End of Time by Greg Bear

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I guessed the "twist" at the end of this on page 33 - it came to me in such a moment of clarity that I folded down the corner of the page. I don't take any credit for that though; I don't think I guessed it because I was particularly clever, I think Bear did a masterful job of leading me to it. As a result, the book has a sort of ponderous baroque inevitability to it, as things slowly draw to their predestined close, that perfectly matches the subject. The casual unearthly menace of the hunters balances the pedestrian banality of the treatment of aliens at the end of time.

A tad slow in places - I'd probably go 4.5 stars if we could do halves - but the atmosphere and the characters were well worth the ride.

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