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The characterization is necessarily light in such a panoramic tale spread among numerous worlds and beings, but Anderson succeeds in conveying some Asimovian and Herbertian space-opera thrills.
From my point of view, that bit you found on it is not quite right, it follows the standard Herbertian view but does not quite agree with the Zensunni whip.
It's a very winning story, although there’s more win in it when it confines itself to the Herbertian world of the carpet-makers, and slightly less win when it leaps off world to range lopingly about the galaxy.