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I finally started reading this during my flight to DC. I'm just over halfway through right now--at damn near 1000 pages, you can tell how much time was spent in airports these last couple days.

So. It reminds me of Canticle for Leibowitz: in the distant distant future, scientists are like academic atheist priests, and everyone else pretty much hates and fears them. And there's spaceships, nukes, possibly aliens, and a helluva lot of geometry.

No seriously, the plot will be rolling along, and then there'll be an insertion of a proof or someone will just start talking about triangles. The book is great except for that.

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Finished Echo in the Bone right before my trip. I think it may be the weakest of the series. Sure lots of stuff kept happening, but the really *important* stuff just zipped right on by, and occassionally random things that feel like they should be important but are maybe still just random seemed to come out of nowhere. (Seriously, Young Ian suddenly kills a guy and is on the run for murder and...it seems like this is kinda forgotten later? I'm confused.) It also has like six different cliffhangers and I'm left more frustrated than usual that I have to wait like four or five more years to find out what happens.

Sigh.

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szkoda
Oct. 23rd, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
Are the proofs and digressions fun (and helpful) to the story for a mathy reader? Or is the integration awkward for all? (I've had both experiences with philosophical stories that occasionally slip into essays (which I just skip over if they're too awkwardly placed).)
caitri
Oct. 24th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
So most of the actual proofs are like little textual addenda in the back of the book. Something about them really reminds me of lame dialogues from SATs or something.

I think to the mathy reader they would be kind of "Duh." I mean, if it's stuff that *I* get it's clearly not upper-level stuff.
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