Oh, but it's Simmons at his best. Pant. Wow.
I don't know what it is I like about his writing, honestly- I can't put a finger on it and go 'THAT! THAT'S THE BRILLIANT THING! THAT IS THE GEM WITHOUT PRICE!'- but every time I read a good Dan Simmons book (Hyperion, or The Crook Factory), I am completely enveloped by it.
Funky stuff. But yes. Colubra-bob says: read the flyleaf of the book, and if you like what you skim through there, then definitely check it out.