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A MUST for SF readers but with a warning about format
Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2016
I read this book the first time when it was first published and considered it a masterpiece of SF, with so many ideas and themes that it really
NEEDED its 700+ pages. I am re-reading it again for my book group and am pleased to report that on re-reading I still feel the same way. EVERY SF fan should read this book.
BUT THIS TIME I read it on my kindle (for only $2.99 thanks to Matchbook pricing, since I bought my hardcopy edition from Amazon in 1999), and I cannot really recommend this book on Kindle without a warning. Like many books, this one switches scenes within the same chapter, e.g., from humans to the "Spiders". The hardcopy contains the conventional blank line that warns the reader of the shift. The Kindle format does not, and the reader is often brought up short as they realize something has changed. My immersion in Vinge's world is interrupted, and my enjoyment suffers.
If the publisher is listening, please reformat your ebook.
Prospective readers, DO get this book, but the choice of medium may be more difficult than usual.