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The Promise of the Child by Tom Toner
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Oct 05, 2016

it was amazing
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Read in September, 2016

Immortality is drowning in waking dreams that are remembered yesterdays. The phantasms of memory come and go like dense fogs overlaying the present, and when it doesn't matter whether it is really now or remembered, the balmy Utopias beckon.

Light, pure and blinding, enters a prism and bursts into multiplicity. From a technological singularity, man has colonized the stars and become the Prism, each cultivar of homo sapiens distinctly [i]alien.[/i] And the long lives, the Amaranthine, pass the slow, slow, slow, then timeless years in rule.

Fourteen thousand years have passed when we, dear readers, are dropped into this universe. It starts off innocuously enough, deceiving in its placid beginnings. The scope of things aren't apparent until we follow the Amaranthine, the Mellius, the Vulgar, the Lacaille. This many stranded narrative twists and twines, shedding self-referential truths, until it becomes intoxicating. The reader, injected into dramatic beginnings with absolutely no knowledge of this universe and its vernacular, are required to piece together their understanding from quiet eddies within the larger narrative flow. For the impatient reader, perseverance pays off; it becomes very rewarding.

This is the book I was desperate for after reading Gene Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun. Tom Toner's The Promise of the Child, doesn't have that pervasive feel of [i]ancientness[i/], and is less punishing to the reader's ability to connect dots, but is right up there as a masterpiece of SF and the imagination.

Hats off to you, Mr Toner.
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