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The Native Star by M.K. Hobson
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Someone somewhere called this book "magicpunk," which I think is a very apt descriptor for this heavily magic-flavored steampunk novel set in an AU post-civil war America. I have to say that I appreciated the departure from typical British setting.

It's also got strong feminist thematics (which come out even more in the next book in the series), which are skillfully rendered in a non-pedantic way. I also find the functioning of "credomancy" to be a fascinating statement on the very real power of belief, propaganda, and media (this too, is developed further in the sequel).

But despite what I've just said - and the fact that the first third of the book is a bit slower than the rest - this book is not a dry, homework-type book and I'm thoroughly glad I stuck with it to the end (and beyond). For it's also clever, and witty, with fabulous non-standard characters.

An example of some of the most winning dialogue:

“I’ve wanted you ever since I saw you dancing naked under that damn oak tree, botching up that preposterous love spell.”

Emily jabbed an accusing finger at him. “So you did see me!”

“It was an appalling spectacle,” he said, “I enjoyed it tremendously.”
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