And what am I to make of way too many characters drifting in and out of the stories, observing a few as time, the “goon,” has it’s way with them? The characters give a sort of connection between the stories even if time doesn’t move chronologically here. This is the type of book critics love because you have to think to put it together. I did get attached to some of them and then they didn’t show up again. I could never quite tell the difference between others and they were repeatedly showing up.
As times change the methods of communication change, from telephones to email to a power-point (I guess). This is not a book to read in Kindle or Audio format. I have to say that it’s fun in places- perhaps because of Egan’s enthusiasm for the story.