A Fire Upon The Deep by Vernor Vinge
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
To say this book is vast in scope would be an understatement. It begins way out at the far edges of the Milky Way galaxy (the Beyond) and eventually makes its way toward the “core” (the Slowness). The beings encountered are also unique and interesting, not to mention the “Powers” who live in the Transcend past the Beyond. Vernor Vinge weaves together the tales of the medieval dog-pack Tines with the humans and Skroderiders so deftly that you scarcely notice when he shifts from one world to another. The one thing I did wish is that he would have delved into the mind of the Blight a bit more, as he did at the beginning. But such is a minor quibble for a novel that managed to tell its whole story in one book, unlike the proliferation of trilogies and multi-book sagas that plague the genre so.
Next up is Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, one of THREE books on hold that came in while I was on vacation. I’ve got a lot of reading to do.