I read Kate Elliot’s Manifesto this morning and it has pushed me over the edge to a decision I’ve been edging toward for the past few days. I will not finish Verner Vinge’s A Fire upon the Deep, despite being halfway through. Why? Because it’s boring me to death. I’m finding it to be work to read the next chapter.
What’s funny is the concepts in this book are interesting. Vernor Vinge is one of the oft-cited Singularity authors, and this book contains some interesting twists on the slower-than-light and faster-than-light travel dichotomy. It’s still boring though, which disappoints me. It really disappoints me because this book is a Hugo award-winner and I just can’t finish it. I’ve got other books on my stack that are calling to me.
If anyone has any Vernor Vinge recommendations, keeping in mind that this book won’t be completed, feel free to pass them along.