So, I finally picked up a copy last week, and read it in two days. That I even found the time in which to do that I think says enough for the book’s merits. Still, I thought there were a couple of rough spots. The line about intelligent design, in particular, made my eyes roll. Now, I hate “intelligent design” and the ignorance that tries to promote it as science as much as the next guy, but as an idea popularized in recent years with no lasting merit, and in particular with no relation to any of the characters in the story, it stood out as a blatant reminder that this story was written by an author from the present day with no possible way of knowing the future who is just making stuff up. Yes, it was very clever. No, that doesn’t mean it was appropriate. The other problem I noticed was a tendency to over-explain exactly what you’re thinking when you write something. I recall one example—which I cannot now find—where if you had just stopped the sentence in the middle, leaving the entire second half off, it would’ve come off much better. But these are minor nit-picks, in the scheme of things. Overall, a great book.