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City of Golden Shadow by Tad Williams
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Jan 12, 2012

really liked it
Read in January, 2012

Before there was the Matrix, there was Tad Williams' "Otherland: City of Golden Shadow." Written in 1996, Otherland is a mixture of cyberpunk, fantasy, cultural discovery, and mythic lore. While the Wachowski brothers fell into more of a religious/spiritual individualistic awakening type plot line, Williams picked a straightforward group adventure and rescue the world/coma kids. The story is filled with many characters in a variety of settings and its amazing how Williams is able to manage so many different plot lines. It works well for him and the reader because it gives the book a bigger world with greater implications. If there is any weakness in the book, its the story's pacing. Williams tends to plod along at a leisurely jaunt which can be frustrating especially with the story's many characters. But this is forgivable because the story, as a whole, is impressive considering it was, after all, written in 1996. Makes the Matrix almost seem eerily too similar...
Side note: For book written, almost 16 years ago when the internet was just gaining ground, Williams seems almost prophetic with what he has predicted in the book. But lets be honest, Neuromancer by William Gibson, written in 1984, washes any ideas of Williams' creating something entirely original.

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