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The Risen Empire by Scott Westerfeld
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Jan 27, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: science-fiction, books-i-own
Read from December 10 to 15, 2010

Pretty good, this. The blurb on the cover hints that it aspires to the greatness achieved by Dune and Foundation. I'll contest that, but nonetheless this is a good science fiction novel. It's actually the first in a duology called Succession, the sequel being The Killing of Worlds.

Although I didn't care much for some of the symbolism and political humdrum, I would recommend this to people looking for a Space Opera flavoured with combat sequences. Or is it the other way around? Military Sci-Fi spiced with Opera? Some of the tactics and gadgets described here are certainly fascinating. A great deal of thought has obviously gone into the military aspect of this series.

The risen empire of the title refers to a human empire ruled by an undead emperor (Lich?). That, in itself, is somewhat of a deviation from the usual, no?

Check it out.
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