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In a theocratic world far into the future, cities control their own movements and organization. Constantly moving, growing and decaying, taking care of every need their inhabitants might think of, the cities have decided that humans are no longer a necessary part of their architecture, casting them out to wander in the wilderness and eke out a meager subsistence. To the e...more
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A thousand years ago, God-Does-Battle was settled by human exiles from Earth, following Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths, who hired Robert K ...more
Exactly as the 2 star rating...it was ok. I felt like it had much more promise and failed to follow through on it. The concept is original and I was intrigued by it, but in practice it wasn't what I expected it to be, although I'm not really sure what I had expected from sentient cities. M ...more
Cons: The book is choppy and seems hurried at parts, and the religious aspects of the world are often poorly described
It is a world of spectacular "living" cities built an age ago in an effort to provide comfort and security to all on a wayward planet. However, the cities themselves are crumbling. Why are they decaying? Bear takes the reader on a fascinating journey through a world seeped in religion and veiled in ...more
The protagonist isn't so much any one person though as it is the human drive, especially for survival. Through the course of the book the author vividly communicates loss on a grand scale, enduring human folly, the inexorable passage of time and the lonelin ...more
Some of the characters are hard to understand, a bit difficult to figure out. That is the typical difficulty with any Greg Bear book. He is a capable author, but when it comes to visualizing crazy futuristic IDEAS, he is absolutely extraordinary!
But the premise was very interesting and the story was engaging throughout. But then again I love post apocoliptic so I am biased.
It wasn't that the ending was poorly written so much as I felt it was not the direction I would have liked it to go.
A full-time writer, he lives in Washington State with his family. He is married to Astrid Anderson Bear. He is the son-in-law of Poul Anderson. They are the parents of two children, Erik and Alexandra.