- Verlag: DAW (5. Januar 1982)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0879976950
- ISBN-13: 978-0879976958
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,3 x 10,4 x 1,5 cm
One of these problems, for example, is that Van Vogt feels that it's unnecessary to have any sort of continuity. I can't count how many times I would be reading a chapter only to go to the next paragraph and be completely lost because some leap in logic occured in the space of few sentences. It's similar to what you experience when you're very sleepy and you're trying to stay awake, but occasionally you find yourself snapping back to reality and realize that you dozed off for a bit. That's how I felt when reading this book. Like I'm running at full speed and someone pushes me in the back.
Another problem (and this may be personal preference) is that there is very little dialog - most of it takes place in Cemp's mind and the action sequences. I bet it would make for a great screenplay, but it certainly did nothing to clarify the confusion.
And I had to cringe during a couple of passages that started with "And what happened what this:..." long after some apparently amazing event takes place. The whole book had a feel of several stories put together under one cover.
Having said that, I did enjoy the book's description of Silkies and their physical and mental abilities. That would be the ultimate manifestation of man's dream to live among the stars.
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