I would like to be able to say I enjoyed this book but the truth is, it was a long, foggy road to the end. I have read all the sterling reviews from other SciFi authors and can only assume I am missing a gene that would allow me fully enter the world created here.There are several brilliant concepts introduced but sadly, not really fleshed out enough to make me care. The aliens are truly alien having almost no reference points in common with the human race. They are on one hand, aloof and god like and on the other hand, easily obsessed with what seemed to me to be trivial matters. The narrator has many stories and experiances to tell us and again, many concepts are thought provoking but there is no resolution to several questions. When I finished this book i was still not sure what the story really was.