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Pavane by Keith Roberts
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Jul 25, 08

Queen Elizabeth is assassinated, the Spanish armada invades England, and Catholics rule Europe, keeping sciences at a relative standstill. Set in a 20th century England of this time line ruled by superstition, wild animals, bandits, smugglers, and inquisitions. Technology is frozen at steam trains, telegraphs (semaphore being the main communication device), a mix of medieval and 18th century weaponry, some cars, and simple radios. Rather than dwell on the “what if” of this scenario Roberts divides this book into six stories that explores the desires, loneliness, petty lives, pointless deaths, incoherent rage, and revolutions of his characters. You could dwell for weeks in the nooks and crannies of this book; it’s a whole breathing world in there. Comparable to Dick’s Man in High Castle but more successful in only that PKD’s pulpy prose never fully articulates his ideas and themes.
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