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Crystal Rain by Tobias S. Buckell
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Mar 08, 15

Read from February 15 to March 08, 2015

My automatic aversion to protagonists suffering from amnesia has been slightly placated by how well this story manages its slow reveal. Structurally, a few things I expected to happen did not happen, which was a pleasant surprise. I may have found a new favorite “tough guy” character in Pepper,

It is still not clear to me why the opposing Azteca force chooses to strike at the time they do, and it’s unclear why the Teotl are culturally inclined to enslave, or why they’re physiologically so adaptable and dangerous, but have not managed to do anything other than play gods. Then again, perhaps it’s simply true that beings with power crave only one thing: more power. If so, they’re much more simplistic villains than I hope they turn out to be in subsequent books.

I listened to the audiobook version of this, and found the narrator’s patois distracting for the first 30% of the novel. Later, I quite warmed to the reading, so I am thankful I stuck with it.
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