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Dialog, something happens, then a lot more dialog, the plot almost gets going ... more dialog ...
Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2013
I've read a lot of Asimov. I realize this was an early effort and it showed. The plot has a fairly interesting "what if" set-up, to avoid spoilers. The execution leads a lot to be desired. The characters are flat and uninteresting. Their world(s) are described in passing, too bad, because setting them in some context would have given some insights into motivations. But, if you like a story with a lot of dialog, characters talking and talking and talking about what just happened, then thinking about it, and talking about it some more, here is the novel for you. Just about the time I thought, "At last, he's going to get the story moving," we adjourn and there's lengthy passages of dialog from others about the meaning of what just happened. Zzzzzz. I finished the book since someone selected it for a discussion group and, come to think of it, maybe it's oddly fitting. Talking about talking. A lot.