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River of Gods by Ian McDonald
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Jul 02, 10

Read in July, 2010

I am sorry I could not keep all the characters straight without generous hints from the author or turning back a few pages. I asked myself 1/2 way through if I could explain the cast to someone else and only felt I knew about 1/2 of them, and their names were a mystery. You know all the characters will have a connection by the end but it remained unclear to me where it was going for long stretches. I like an unfolding mystery but City of Gods is an onion with many many layers.

The writing is generally very good, but the story seems too complicated. I've read other books with a large cast (Children's Book by A. S. Byatt--way-way better!) and wasn't as challenged.

I loved the sci-fi elements put into everyday life in the book's future. there are many clever predictions.

Again a long book that troubled me. :(
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