Apparently it's not just the prose by also the science that's bad:
The Caspi results, reported in Science, were never neat. Children with two copies of the protective gene might suffer depression unrelated to painful events. And older studies conflicted with the new research. In Against Depression (2005), I wrote that the Science report had "raised eyebrows on a number of grounds," and I expressed doubts that the finding of absolute stress immunity would hold up.
When it came, the debunking was dramatic. In June of this year, scientists reviewing numerous studies for the . . . continue reading, and add your comments
I’m one of those people who has fallen off the Richard Powers bus. When I first read him I had a very favorable impression, but the more I’ve read him the more that impression has been scraped away–and the more I’ve questioned my original readings of Powers.
There’s no doubt that the man can come up with some remarkably clever premises for his novels, and at times he shows a strong facility for structure, but he just doesn’t have the heart of a writer in him.
In his review of Generosity, Powers’ new book, James Wood says . . . continue reading, and add your comments
Novelists Richard Powers and Evan Dara are often grouped together because they both write lengthy, info-packed narratives that draw heavily from science. Some have even gone so far to speculate that Powers is Dara. For an example of this, see Steve Russillo's page documenting his reading of Dara's second novel, The Easy Chain (see our review here):
And speaking of speaking Dutch, let me be the first to posit that if Evan Dara isn't a distinct individual but a pseudonym, that the pseudonym belongs to Richard Powers. So much detailed discussion of the Netherlands . . . continue reading, and add your comments