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Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America | [Robert Charles Wilson]

Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America

In the reign of President Deklan Comstock, a reborn United States is struggling back to prosperity. Over a century after the Efflorescence of Oil, after the Fall of the Cities, after the Plague of Infertility, after the False Tribulation, after the days of the Pious Presidents, the sixty stars and thirteen stripes wave from the plains of Athabaska to the national capital in New York City. In Colorado Springs, the Dominion sees to the nation's spiritual needs.
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In the reign of President Deklan Comstock, a reborn United States is struggling back to prosperity. Over a century after the Efflorescence of Oil, after the Fall of the Cities, after the Plague of Infertility, after the False Tribulation, after the days of the Pious Presidents, the 60 stars and thirteen stripes wave from the plains of Athabaska to the national capital in New York City.

In Colorado Springs, the Dominion sees to the nation's spiritual needs. In Labrador, the Army wages war on the Dutch. America, unified, is rising once again.

Then, out of Labrador come tales of a new Ajax - Captain Commongold, the Youthful Hero of the Saguenay. The ordinary people follow his adventures in the popular press. The Army adores him. The President is...troubled. Especially when the dashing Captain turns out to be his nephew Julian, son of the falsely accused and executed Bryce.

Treachery and intrigue dog Julian's footsteps. Hair's-breadth escapes and daring rescues fill his days. Stern resolve and tender sentiment dice for Julian's soul, while his admiration for the works of the Secular Ancients, and his adherence to the evolutionary doctrines of the heretical Darwin, set him at fatal odds with the hierarchy of the Dominion. Plague and fire swirl around the Presidential palace when at last he arrives with the acclamation of the mob.

If Jules Verne had read Karl Marx, then sat down to write The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, he still wouldn't have matched the invention and exuberance of Robert Charles Wilson's Julian Comstock. As told by Julian's best friend and faithful companion, a rustic yet observant lad from the west, this tale of the 22nd Century asks - and answers - the age-old question: "Do you want to tell the truth, or do you want to tell a story?"

©2009 Robert Charles Wilson; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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    William Oxnard, CA, United States 07-27-09
    William Oxnard, CA, United States 07-27-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent tragedy with very good narration"

    Julian Comstock is an unusual story for science fiction, a 16th century tragedy, presented in a 19th century style, set in the 22nd century. It's also a first person account written by a friend of the title character, which has the consequence of leaving much about Julian, and about the world in which the story is set, unexplained. If you're looking for an uplifting adventure story, or a geeky exposition on post-collapse technology, you might look elsewhere. But if you like a good story, beautifully told, check this one out. Although the stories and characters are quite different, the tone reminded me a bit of The Great Gatsby, particularly Fitzgerald's last line: "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." The narration is very well done, though a bit melancholic, but it fits the nature of the tale. Like a previous reviewer, I really didn't want this one to end.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    RKR Georgia 07-08-10
    RKR Georgia 07-08-10 Member Since 2007

    Drama teacher and Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan

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    "Vivid characters and great dialogue"

    This was my first Robert Charles Wilson novel, and I can tell that his strength is in characterization and dialogue. The setting reminded me of Orson Scott Card's THE TALES OF ALVIN MAKER series in that it is a 19th century setting but a post apocolyptic idea without the doom and gloom of THE ROAD. Wilson's characters are well drawn with desires and motivations that are universal. Julian Comstock would have been my pick for the HUGO award.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Bargersville, IN, United States 12-09-09
    Jeff Bargersville, IN, United States 12-09-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Interesting idea that falls short"

    The book jumps forward two hundred years to a world transformed by catastrophe into a 17th century-like landscape. An interesting idea, but the story is decidedly weak and the ending (most of the book) is both predictable and very disappointing. Scott Brick is usually a good narator, but here he slows down and introduces so much dramatic voice that it interferes and extends a story (maybe he was trying to save an otherwise mediocre book). Not as good as the author's "Spin" by a long stretch.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David sandy hook, CT, United States 06-28-09
    David sandy hook, CT, United States 06-28-09 Member Since 2001
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    "I'm not even done and hope it wont end"

    I love reading and listening to the classics of the 19th century because I love the english of that era.
    This story feels like a classic. Its hard to shut off and I love the characters.
    Scott Brick could read a shopping list and make it sound good

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Omaha, NE, United States 12-07-13
    Scott Omaha, NE, United States 12-07-13 Member Since 2009
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    "What will happen when"

    An interesting post apocalyptic view, and take on social issues along with a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Troy Brandon, FL, United States 08-20-11
    Troy Brandon, FL, United States 08-20-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Masterful Writing, Not My Genre"

    Robert Charles Wilson is one of the best writers. I love the way he writes and this is wonderfully written. It just is not my cup of tea.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Ypsilanti, MI, United States 12-21-10
    Steve Ypsilanti, MI, United States 12-21-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Thought is was a bit far fetched"

    The timeline of the book was to short. The book started too close to the current time for such a drastic change in society. The author tried to make some justifications but it felt more like a fictional built story from the American Revolution.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jean glendale, AZ, United States 10-26-10
    Jean glendale, AZ, United States 10-26-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Wanted to like it, but gave up"

    I really liked what I had read about this book, and although I love long, detailed books, and have enjoyed many varied futuristic envisionings, this is one of only 1 or 2 audiobooks I've ever had that I couldn't force myself to listen to til the end--I almost made it, but found I couldn't care less what happened--that boring. And the narrator absolutely drove me crazy with his weird, melancholoy style--usually I can get past the narrator if I am interested in the book, but I just couldn't tune this guy out.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Santa Susana, CA, United States 07-23-09
    Kevin Santa Susana, CA, United States 07-23-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Pretty Bad"

    Five hours eleven minutes. That's how long it took me to conclude I could take no more.

    The disconnect between this late 22nd century world and all that had preceded it was not explained well and left much confusion as to why they were so painfully and selectively ignorant. Character development is slow in coming and weak when it arrives. At nearly a third the way through the book, I really don't know much about the main character and worse, I don't care about him.
    The overly verbose flourishes of language seems pretentious and contrary to the characters and world described, as if the author is trying desperately to impress someone.

    The narrator is, frankly, horrible with a constant lilting and descending of tone and tempo that evokes a cheesy (think Saturday Night Live) characterization of a letter being read from the Ken Burns Civil War documentary. The narration simply grated on me.

    I've only not finished one other audio book out of close to 200, so I'm used to toughing out the occasional weak book. This one was unbearable.

    6 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Noah New York, New York 03-03-14
    Noah New York, New York 03-03-14 Member Since 2010
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    "OK book, terrible narrator"
    Would you try another book from Robert Charles Wilson and/or Scott Brick?

    Robert Charles Wilson: Yes.

    Scott Brick: NO.


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert Charles Wilson before, how does this one compare?

    I have not.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    A howler monkey? A bobcat in heat? The singer from Slayer?


    Could you see Julian Comstock being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    They'd have to add some vivid action scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    Please re-record all the awesome books that are narrated by Scott Brick, so I can listen to them.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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