I don't speak German - I dropped out of German 101 in college in frustration - but Frank very kindly summarized his main points for us:
- Alan Dean Foster is the genre's globetrotting chameleon.
- Foster takes the Indian society with its castes as a backdrop and charges it with a techno plot reminiscent of William Gibson's Bridge Trilogy.
- His protagonists are dazzling, and Foster manages to maintain this strength of the novel until the end. He follows their thoughts and motivations with subtle irony while elegantly proceeding the parallel story lines.
- The finale appears to be a bit constructed.