Well, where do I start? I was utterly disappointed with the Manifold Sequence. I kept feeling the promise that something was going to blow my mind at the turn of each page, but that was a sweet deceit! If you have read enough Clarke or Asimov, you will soon realise that Baxter is a poor relation. There were a lot of "odd" stereotypes that I think he could have stayed well away from. Time, Space and Origin felt more like Indiana Jones in space. And when you "listen" to Reid Malenfant, he "sounds" just like Harrison Ford/Indiana Jones. There were so many things, in the plot, the characters etc that were just left wide open! Why build the whole premise of the Old Ones in Origin when we never really get to ask them that central question about the Fermix Paradox? Is Stephen Baxter a coward? I liked the science but he really needs to stop making all his characters speak with a great deal of fluency around topics that are essentially difficult to grasp. Remember, Malenfant is supposed to be a sky-jock NOT a scientist! And Nemoto? Why have this sour, pointless character just for the sake of exposition? The only character that seemed anywhere near human was Emma Stoney. She's really the hero/heroine. And Space was just plain ridiculous. Baxter had at his disposal absolutely everything that is possible, elongated life, blah blah...there's got to be some cohesion Stephen!
>>By zobaa_geo (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:59)
I would have to agree with u (zobaa_geo) the mainfold sequence was pointless. But forget them!!!!
Have you read any of the other books by `baxter? If you have`nt then I would HIGHLY reccommend 'The Time Ships' this book is great. For anyone how is a fan of the 'The Time Machine' by HG Wells. The baxter book start from the end of the first movie. Great Plot, Characters and ending - A MUST READ -
>>By Gilbertus (Wednesday, 15 Sep 2004 15:36)
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