I don't really get this. Did some of you think the ending was sad?
The release of the Next turned the book into a story of Creation, Orlando's full-Pan's-Labyrinth around page 800 of SoSL had me cheering wildly, but not crying. The real Paul Jonas found his freedom, Martine found an end to her loneliness, Renie got her brother back, Sellars escaped his twisted body-prison to ride the gulfs between the stars, even little Cho Cho was taken care of. The Other's destruction not only released it from suffering, but served as the best Crowning Moment of Awesome I have probably ever read, when Jongleur was vaporized by a f***ing satellite as he cringed in illogical terror from the smiling face of Mister Jingo.
Almost every "wrap-up" event in that book seemed a cause for joy, not sadness. Even Dulcie and Calliope made it, in fact I thought the ending would have been stronger if one or the other of them had died.