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The Miocene Arrow

(Greatwinter #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  463 ratings  ·  10 reviews
In a fortieth-century America of ancient kingdoms with opulent courts, hereditary engineering guilds, and rigid class distinction in warfare, a centuries-old balance of power is shattered by a few dozen Australian infiltrators. Against a rich backdrop of war, chivalry, conspiracy, and a diesel-powered arms race, a dangerous secret alliance has formed. Now the unlikely trio ...more
Paperback, 608 pages
Published May 18th 2003 by Tor Books (first published 2000)
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Iain Coggins
I am stopping reading this book at 75% done. I don't like doing this, but I am increasingly feeling like I am wasting my time. Souls in the Great Machine had its weaknesses, but I enjoyed it from start to finish. The Miocene Arrow, however brings McMullen's weaknesses into greater light. The most frustrating thing about his prose is the lack of description. He has the greatest ideas, and has conceived a very original and compelling world, and yet does not present in the fullness it deserves. I a ...more
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I rarely (read: never) use the word "romp" in reviews. But hot damn, I enjoyed the hell out of this book (second in the Calculor trilogy). Human-powered primitive computers! Arthurian-style chivalry but on diesel-powered fighter planes over the mountains of post-apocalyptic America! Espionage, comedy, and.. war crimes (the book gets fairly rough, at times, but I think still in a respectful manner). ...more
Matthew Reads Junk
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good. A pretty strong sequel to the previous book, although it could be read as a stand alone as well. It takes a while to get going and far too many characters are introduced in the early chapters. The ending is a bit rushed and slightly anti-climatic after the end of the "war'.
But if you enjoy post-apocalyptic Americana stories with a slight dash of steam punk, this book's for you.
Patrick Brettell
Mar 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
BLUF: This is a fun book, and I'll definitely go back to (re-)read the predecessor (Souls in the Great Machine) and conclusion (Eyes of the Calculor) of the trilogy.

I read Souls in the Great Machine about 16 years ago and wanted to read it again before reading this but couldn't find a copy at a price I was willing to pay. I regret not putting more effort into finding a copy now as there were references that I thought I might have enjoyed more if I remembered the prior book better and also implic
Philip Chaston
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
It has been many years since I started this trilogy. Remains one of the more imaginative post-apocalyptic scenarios: what you might call the Revenge of the Whales. Worldbuilding with satire character sketches,,,Austen with wings.
Ann Tonks
The author has clearly done an amazing amount of work to create this array of characters and this 40th century America - but after the first 100 pages I couldn't be bothered going any further. I just didn't care enough about any of the people he'd created to want to spend more time with them. ...more
Timothy Keable
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another wonderful instalment of the Greatwinter trilogy.

Lots of characters, a labyrinthine plot and great concepts.

Loved it!
Dec 04, 2010 is currently reading it
I picked this at random from my bookshelf this morning, and I can tell you that I already don't like it - the characters are full of themselves, and there is no setup for this weird time period. ...more
could not finish this book.
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More goodness from down under. Read in order
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Dr. Sean McMullen, author of the acclaimed cyberpunk/steampunk Greatwinter Trilogy, is one of Australia's top Science Fiction and Fantasy authors.

Winning over a dozen awards (including multiple Analog Readers Awarda and a Hugo Award finalist), his work is a mixture of romance, invention and adventure, populated by strange and dynamic characters. The settings for Sean's work range from the Roman E

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