I’m doing my usual thing of reading a book when I have a cold… so I started on Closed and Common Orbit.
I think your brain has possibly fixated a bit too much on the perpetual motion machine bit… since it’s basically a throw away line in a tech manual. I wouldn’t have even registered it if you hadn’t pointed it out here first.
Unless it becomes a bigger thing later… I’m only about 10% through.
I’m having the problem that the first book explained and introduced a lot of the different alien races, but the second book isn’t bothering to do that. It assumes you know that stuff from the last book… but I read that book a year or two back, and I can’t remember the details of any of the races except maybe the Aandrisks.
I might have to see if there’s a wiki on the universe.
So far it’s interesting, even if not much is happening. (A lot of the charm of the first book was not much happening). There’s a lot less characters involved at this point though. (Essentially only the AI, Pepper, Jane 23 and maybe 64). The first book had a much wider cast of
She has a strangely addictive way of writing though… even when it’s just talking about things like sci-fi-coffee and grasshopper fast food chains.