Ted Nolan <tednolan>
2020-03-21 20:08:40 UTC
The latest Grand Central Arena book sees the Faction of Humanity
(us) dealing with the fallout of having made powerful enemies in
the previous book. It helps to make powerful friends and to be
lucky. Or how much really is "luck"? We find out some things in
this installment about how the Arena views Hyperions (we've had
hints before) and how maybe Humans (or Humanoids?) relate to the
history of the Arena. I'm a little concerned about how close to
being a god Sandrisson is becoming -- that rarely works out well.
I suspect given the hint dropped in book 1 together with the events
established here that that useless Space Math DuQuesne can do in
his head will become less useless next outing.
I do feel I miss a little bit when what are obviously references
are made to works I haven't read or seen and thus can't identify.
On the other hand I know who Terry Austin is, which I'm guessing
most readers won't.