Author Rating: D

One for the Morning Glory (read 5/07) Recommended

At the time of reading I noted: “Charming story, reasonably entertaining.”

Finity (read 5/07) AVOID

Gaudeamus (read 6/07) AVOID

Kaleidoscope Century (read 6/07) AVOID

I read the last three because I really wanted John Barnes to be a better writer than he clearly is.

He writes hard science fiction but, more importantly, he writes hacktacular hard science fiction. The one-word conclusion I came to after torturing myself with these books was “dreadful.” It was a lot of pretentious nonsense with ridiculously obscure science sprinkled on it.