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Glenn B. reviewed Singularity Sky (Singularity Sky, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 8
Stross' first novel is ambitious in spades and successful a striking amount of the time. Some may find the satire laid on a bit thick - others will find it delicious. He has been accused of being a bit on the cold side but this book is such fun that I simply can't go along with that assessment. Plus I like his main characters.
This is one of those books that may infuriate you if you don't get the jokes: you'll find the author a little too smart for his own good. But Stross' ideas are stunning and -- in my opinion -- he pulls you right along if you will let him.
Not recounting the plot. That is for you to discover.
What happens when a galactic overmind oversees causality violations to protect its post-singularity existence? "Singularity Sky" blows open a whole new way of looking at the galaxy, in a rip-roaring, politically savvy, and hugely fun book.
Just re-read this for the Xenagia book club and enjoyed it. I found a lot of little details I enjoyed and character details that I think go a long way to answering criticisms that Mansour and Martin are ciphers.
This was a strange book -- part future-tech espionage, part space battle, and part crazy post-singularity world where wishes are granted without a second thought.
And: that was enjoyable. Like the other Stross book I've read, _Halting State_, the story gets chaotic about 3/4 through, and it's easy to get confused when all the insanity strikes, but I actually *liked* the characters here, and the plot was a fun one.