I finished The Gods, Themselves today. It was one of the faster books on the list, and I enjoyed it, but I’m still processing that ending.
Was that cheating, or not?
I expected something very different, and maybe that’s why the “and everybody lives” ending seemed like a dodge.
I suppose there’s no reason you can’t introduce a whole set of new characters 2/3 of the way through the book, have them frolic around the moon naked for a few chapters, and then come up with a
happy uhm… non-fiery death ending for everyone, but still.
I might have been happier with both of the universes in the book exploding in a shower of protons.