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Julian Comstock by Robert Charles Wilson
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Jun 03, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: sf
Read from June 22 to July 19, 2010

At time hilarious, this book shows how a book can succeed on its stylings. The plot is basic, and I could summarize it in two or three sentences (and there's very few twists that occur, so I'd capture the essence of the story quite easily).

But that's not the purpose of this book. The plot is fine, if a bit simplistic, but it only exists as a backdrop for these amazing characters. Lead male Adam Hazzard is a wondrous character - simple and naive, but capable of narrative description that really makes the events come alive.

As for the science fiction, it's low-tech post-apocaplyptic. One review called it pastoral, but that's appropriate. Perhaps the author makes religion too much of an evil here, as well -- it would be better to be a bit more grey instead of so starkly black-and-white as the character comes of age and examines his beliefs.

An offbeat read, often hilarious as mentioned previously, but one that I enjoyed immensely. Well worth your time - acquire a copy and enjoy!
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