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Actual work is great, but copyediting is nonexistent
Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2015
Over the course of three connected novellas, Wolfe gradually introduces the aborigines of a pair of foreign planets. At first, they are little more than curiosities at the edge of a tormented boys life. They take center stage, though, in the next two stories, and are the point on which ideas in anthropology, science, and the nature of freedom turn. By the end, it becomes a brilliant, complex commentary on colonialism.
This is why it's so unfortunate that the digital copy is littered with grammatical errors. Commas appear in random places, and periods are missing. "Then" is used when it should be "than." On and on. If this were self-published, I'd understand, but this is a novel by one of the greats of scifi/fantasy, sold by a publishing powerhouse like Macmillan. It's unacceptably lazy and disrespectful.