I loved this book. I read it to my children (ages 12 and 14 at the time) and they loved it -- and were so disappointed to find that Hughart only published three books, this one and two others with the same characters. The book is filled with a rather cerebral humor that word-lovers would enjoy.
I really liked this. I thought the story was fast-moving and interesting. I look forward to reading another by this author. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys sifi. I'd put this up next to the first Halo book.
I actually despised this book. I didn't like how he dropped in out-of-timeline pieces that were distracting to the story's progression. I thought the book was overburdened with details that smothered any chance of creating readable impressions of the people involved. I will never pick up another book by this author. If you are a history buff with a lot of familiarity with the time period/events he covers, you might enjoy this. For anyone else: walk away. Quickly.
Adequate. I don't think I would have finished this book if I didn't have the audio version. As it was, I'm not convinced it wasn't a waste of time. Lots of potential in the story, but I feel like the author just didn't try hard enough.