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Heart of Iron by Ekaterina Sedia
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Nov 26, 2011

bookshelves: ra, russia

This book didn't hold my attention or interest. When I started it, I was pleased by the writing style; and I enjoyed the setting of historical Russia. It had historical detail, which gave it authenticity--but then it suddenly launched into descriptions of the bizarre machines that didn't really exist in history. I know, I know: that's what Steampunk is. And this was my first experimental reading of Steampunk. But I found the disparity between historical accuracy and historical inaccuracy too jarring. I also thought that the descriptions of machines were irrelevant to the story and just plopped in there extraneously. The story had promise as a regular historical fiction, but then the random intrusion of made-up machinery made it seem contrived and pointless. I guess I just don't "get" Steampunk yet. I really thought I would like the genre, and that a Russian setting would speed that along, but that was not the case. I'll keep trying other authors and titles.

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Reading Progress

November 26, 2011 – Shelved
November 28, 2011 – Shelved as: ra
January 23, 2012 – Started Reading
February 6, 2012 – Finished Reading
May 21, 2016 – Shelved as: russia

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