|2007-11-18 14:32 (UTC)
Oh, a review of a review: a metareview.
I'll agree with the previous commenters: an erudite and entertaining review. However, it didn't read as a review so much as as an essay. There was a lot of setup for one final point, which was that, well, science fiction has all this tradition, see, and Mainspring blurs the boundary between science fiction and fantasy because we can't know the mind of God, so therefore Mainspring isn't science fiction.
I also note that he talks a bit about how the concept for the novel is an interesting playground for ideas about things like predestination, but then seems peeved when predestination is explored. Now, I haven't read Mainspring, and his pique may be valid, but if it is, he hasn't explained it very well.
As a review, it is entertaining. As a review, it is close to useless, as it gives me little clue as to whether or not I will enjoy the book.