Kudos if you can figure out what the heck the subject line refers to.
So I'm reading "City At The End of Time" by Greg Bear (and a few others :) ) and I can't say now whether I like it or not - but I'm intrigued. Can't tell you how many times I've flipped to the end hoping there's a glossary (there isn't).
"As for the late Trillennium, in the shadow of the Chaos: broad legends describe the age of the Mass Wars. Bosonic Ashurs had returned from their mastery of the dark light-years, seeking ascendance over all... and were subdued by the mesonic Kanjurs, who in turn were defeated by the Devas--patterned from integral quarks. Devas were then forces to give way to the nootics. Nootic mater was hardly matter at all--more like a binding compact between space, fate, and two out of seven aspects of time."
I read some of this to my husband and his critique was, "It seems like the author is trying to be like... TIME. "
In other words, possibly Bear's overdoing it a little, but - when it feels like I have a clue what's going on, it's rewarding so far!
It's sci-fi, sort of epic, and there's some time travel (as you would expect).
And in case you didn't catch it - the "end of time" being referred to here is about 100,000,000,000,000 (one hundred trillion - AD I assume).