Anvil of Stars by Greg Bear
Review Summary: Overall, the second half of the book makes it an interesting read, but the effect could have been reached much more efficiently by another author, I think. Too much of the novel – the characters’ relationships, the activities, and the ideas – are all very confused, half-finished and never quite dealt with in a satisfactory manner.
The Forge of God by Greg Bear
Review Summary: Overall an okay book, a little short on the science end as well as the human interaction, but showing a fondness for our planet. While it sets up some of the tone for the sequel, I don’t know that it is really necessary to read this one first. In fact, I would recommend skipping it and just going ahead with Anvil of Stars, which is worthwhile reading.