Author: Greg Bear.
Greg Bear is an excellent writer. I enjoyed his stories about Mars. I picked up Slant from my younger sibling's collection to read when I waited in a local ER this week.
This is a partial review of Slant. I read the beginning and the end of the novel. It's awful. There's no way to hide it. Bear must have written it for the money. Basically, its a story about nano-technology, Michigan militia types in Idaho and an evil cryro-genetics institute. Basically, cyberpunk meets Heaven's Gate in the land of radioactive potatoes.
Much of the book's premise is dated in a post-9/11 world. It's very 1990s. Unlike a bad movie, I can only stomach so much of a bad novel. It's like moldy potato salad. It'll only make you sick. There're no redeeming qualities like comic badness or over the type acting like Sharknado.
I threw it down and watch Sponge-Bob Square Pants for a hour while my father slept. I cursed myself for not taking the current book by C.J. Cherryh I'm reading with me. I want to get several hours of my life back.
Slant is definitely not recommended.