October 29th, 2008

red panda eating bamboo

So close and yet so far

The Witling The Witling by Vernor Vinge

rating: 3 of 5 stars


I quite liked this book up until the last few pages. The last few pages utterly spoiled for me a big part of why I liked it. I will talk about the last few pages so if you don't want spoilers don't click the cut tag.

There are two things I liked about this book.

1. In general I like the way Vinge takes an idea and thinks through a lot of the ramifications of that idea and builds a world and a plot on them. (He does a really good job of this in A Fire Upon the Deep which has a species in which a single entity is made up of a pack of telepathic bodies.)

In this book, the idea he explores is that Collapse )