stunning. perfect. the best SF experience I've had in long time. one of those books where I had forgotten I had that level of enjoyment of a single book in me! possibly breaking in to my Top 10 SF reads, and even if I were to go off and try and draw up a definitive list like that, and this were to get edged out...that's all it would be, an edging out. to find a book that has got me even pondering "Top 10 Ever" status for at least the year I'm reading it, means I'm very satisfied, very happy. recommended--and no, I don't think it's going tank in the last 100 pages.