The second thing I didn’t like about it was the way scene changes and characters were introduced. I had no idea that the policewoman, the lady in the room repeatedly visited by Gaines, the lady chasing the mortsafe on the beach, and the bionic lady being repaired by the bartender were the same lady until near the end. I kept getting Irene and Liv mixed up for a while. I had no idea that Rig and Gaines were the same person until near the end. I still don’t know what the relationship between the tract, the halo, and the beach are. Are they even in the same universe? I didn’t find out what the feathered alien had to do with the story until the end. Other things I still don’t know. Why did the war start? Who was fighting whom? What does the talk of spiritual engines built by ancient diapsids have to do with the rest of the story? Who is Imps and what does he have to do with the rest of the story?
The third thing I didn’t like about it was there were just a few too many references to urination, defecation, masturbation, and intercourse that didn’t seem to fit the surrounding context or story flow. They were unnecessary and inappropriate and the author seems to have an unhealthy obsession with them. Then again, since most of the other scenes didn’t make any sense or fit their surroundings either, I might be overreacting. Also, the terms used to describe these subjects were terms that I have learned to associate with perversity, depravity, and deliberate offense rather than neutral, scientific ones. This is of course cultural, but not knowing where the author is coming from, I’m not sure how to take all this.
Overall, the underlying plot (to the extent I understood it) was thin and almost a trope. It involves a simple temporal paradox, but I won’t spoil the rest for you.
All this being said, there were some very interesting concepts in the setting. I don’t want to spoil all of them, but because it is too good not to discuss and might give me some ideas of my own, I have to mention the corporation bound up by quantum uncertainty such that one can never know who owns it and what it does at the same time. That alone is an awesome idea and made the book worth reading.