If you love HP Lovecraft, then you'll go crazy for this "modern", tongue-in-cheek alternative history.
I have one phrase for you:
We have a Weakly-God-Like-Entity Gap.
This is Morgan's worst novel, except perhaps for Market Forces. I found it needlessly hyper-detailed (to the point of obscuring the plot itself).
Both Morgan and Neal Stephenson need to brush up on Truman Capote's advice: go back through your novel 3 times and remove extraneous verbiage. Like Stephenson's "Anathem", this sounds like a rough first draft. Or, perhaps, the equivalent of a 4 hour long film. Editing please - for God's sake please!
With this novel, I officially give up on Stephenson. I keep waiting for something comparable to the amazing "Necronomicon". But instead we keep getting these long-winded diatribes with their excessive fascination with meaningless detail. Listening to this was simply painful. And pointless.
I think a lot of reviewers are intimidated by Stephenson's formidable intellect, and simply decide that a book like this (or the equally atrocious Baroque Cycle) simply *must* be good.
Wrong. This Emperor has no clothes. And hasn't for some time now.
This book will sink its teeth into you and challenge you long after you finish it. Morgan is the best at creating anti-heroes (and a plausible future corporatist dystopia to boot) I've ever read.
If you're a Fill-In-The-Blank Fundamentalist of any stripe, you'll loathe this book.
And that's the highest praise I can give.
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