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War Surf by M.M. Buckner
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Nov 11, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: bookgroup, post-apocalypse
Read in April, 2007

Beware the cover. This is neither cyberpunk nor military sf. It is a novel of people controlled by their fears and bored by the world they have created in response to their fears. It is a novel of misunderstanding, ignorance and survival.

The first hundred pages are a bit slow and almost misleading in the type of novel this ultimately is. However, the voice of Deepra, a very unreliable narrator, got me through. I enjoyed watching his misinterpretations of what was going on around him.

One aberation I found in the storytelling was the "crystal man" construct. Buckner seems to vascillate on whether Deepra could take full credit for his actions or whether there was another entity making decisions for him. I think the crystal man exists but that leaves Deepra's psychological growth in doubt. On the other hand, this is not a novel of psychological growth so much as a hope for the future tale.

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