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The Dragon and the Unicorn by A.A. Attanasio
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Oct 15, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy
Read from September 02 to October 14, 2011 — I own a copy

The writing was impressively rich. I was shocked that someone can write in the present tense, mostly, and still sound good (if you have ever written and have tried the idea of writing in the present tense, you'll know what I mean. It's not an easy feat.) The vocabulary is very rich. The stories of different beings (demons, gods, the dragon, the unicorn, the humans...) are all woven together slowly and carefully. I was worried I would feel overwhelmed with so many characters, but somehow the author managed to keep it all together. Some parts, like most fantasy, are too emotional, but I suppose that comes with the genre. The inclusion of electromagnetics in the idea behind the different kinds of energies (gods versus humans, for example) is interesting. What is perhaps most interesting is the center role religion plays in the whole story, which is accurate of the times and politics in general. The emergence of a new religion and the reshaping of the pagan soils is what's a foot, and the story never loses sight of this reality. Overall, an impressive piece of work.

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