using lit-fic techniques and by not playing by the genre rules, [Roberts] rises to the challenge that Mitchell sets down
The Thing Itself is evidence of Adam Roberts' inimitable brilliance.
I do appreciate a novel that makes me think while also entertaining me. The Thing Itself marries the two to perfection. There is so much packed within these pages and, without doubt, it's one of those memorable novels that will stand to repeated readings over the passing of time. A book of the year for me, for sure.
Personally, I found it deeply fascinating...The closest reference point for me was Philip K. Dick's VALIS trilogy which fits in the same general literary area but "The Thing Itself" is definitely much more fun.
A time-travelling nerd applies Kant with lethal results in this dazzling philosophical adventure...this is really walking the literary high wire, and Roberts not only keeps his balance, he makes the spectacle compelling
I can't think of another such ostentatiously clever novel that is so dramatically successful.
A remarkable novel: both gripping and intellectually exciting.