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One of the best SF novels I've ever read - full of the wonder and awe of a small child looking up at the star-filled sky at night and dreaming of beings on other worlds. This novel certainly takes its place as one of the most imaginative and powerful works in the genre. Simak's concept of an extraterrestrial "way station" being set up in an isolated Wisconsin farmhouse is both simple and profound. What goes on there will amaze and inspire you. Not full of action and suspense, but quietly inspiring and thought-provoking.
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Aware of comparing novel styles in the past with current works, e.g. a Edgar Allen Poe versus a Dean Koontz novel of today, I still feel that there was more wrong than right with it. I was intrigued with the concept of person becoming a host for wayward space alien travelers for a couple of centuries. And, for the first quarter of the story, I found it interesting and novel.
Then the repetition began where the author would continue have the protagonist over-think almost every situational encounter ... over and over and over. Then the repeated instances where the protagonist endlessly waxed philosophical on every situation where a decision branch was encountered.
I was most disappointed with how it ended, leaving many of the important issues unresolved. Did Lucy actually decide to go? How did CIA gin sing guy assuage Lucy's parents? What happened with the meeting with earth's leaders and did it have any positive effect on ending the pending war drums?
It was frustrating to spend that much time on a novel and come away with no further movement on the whole premise of the novel, humankind's encounter with aliens.
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