Surprise, AZ, United States | Member Since 2012
Adequate Sequel. OK.
It wasn't engaging to the extreme, but I did look forward to continuing straight through to the finish without too much interruption.
The story was great all the way through. This was my third read by this author. All of them were great, but the performance was particularly good on this one.
The only negative was the music at transition points-which I thought was distracting and unnecessary.
Instead of telling the reader what to think and describing the action sequences by narration, the author should have provided more dynamic interaction between characters. I simply could not maintain interest in the story, because it was too much reading about what happened instead of experiencing it.
I found the first book in the series to be adequate, but not spectacular. This one was much less satisfying, to the point that I finally gave up on it nearly half way through. I simply didn't care what happened . . . which is NOT like me. I will turn to some classics such as Asimov and Walter Miller.
This is a good book, particularly if you are a fan of the fantasy genre with a touch of science fiction. It wasn't particularly strong in the hard science realm, but made up for the deficiency in other ways.
The main character was very endearing, in a similar fashion to that seen in the swarm series by the same author.
This story artfully weaves at least three classic favorites together into a delicious new perspective of 19th century future imaginings. The journey back to an earlier era was surprisingly both simulating and refreshing in contrast to some of the pessimistic and more jaded current imaginings that are being mass-produced on the post-cyber-punk assembly line of today. Delightful read! The narrator was excellent as well.
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