Scratched the classic-southern-gothic itch alright. Something about it seemed a little like a formulaic noir detective novel though. However there were some awesome scenes scattered amongst the less imaginitive stuff.
Months later I'm still remembering images this book conjured in my brain. I'd heard it described as steampunk, but it was simply a scientifically convincing vision of one possible future for our world. In this future things are crazily different from life in 2010 USA. The anthropological side of the novel gives a mind-swirling new perspective, but the goodness doesn't end there! The plot moves, the action grips and the characters are ones whose heads you really get in. It even ends satisfyingly. I've almost talked myself into giving it 5 stars, but it could have been edited down a tiny bit. Ok, ok, I give it 4.5 stars!
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