It’s not big, and it’s not clever

but it's the only brain I've got…. Am reading Paul Mcauley's Eternal Light right now and I realise I'm never going to be a huge fan of hard SF (or at least what looks like hard SF, I don't have the technical know-how to be sure if he's making it up). I like the basic plot and want to keep reading it, but am finding it heavy going with all the technical explanations going on – the mini physics lessons on mass, momentum and gravity that are adding complications into the story at every step of the way.

This is why I love Iain M Banks books. If he wants an awesomely large and fast spaceship to go somewhere, by and large it just does. He doesn't need to explain how it happens because he doesn't care, and frankly nor do I! I think we are both of the "oooh, giant frikkin spaceship!" readership instead.

Despite that however, I'm still going with Eternal Light and very keen to find out what happens. Which has to be a good sign for the book!

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