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Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America

By Robert Charles Wilson

Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America

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Started reading:
2009-07-30 10:38:03
Finished reading:
2009-08-03 20:16:31

Review

Rating: 7

I’m particularly fond of The Chronoliths and there’s a reason Wilson’s work is often nominated for over a dozen awards and has won a few including a Hugo. As a somewhat post-apocalyptic novel, it definitely has overtones of Russell Hoban’s Riddley Walker and some of the setting aspects that I liked from Orson Scott Card’s Alvin the Maker series. The story arc draws strongly on the tumult of the Roman Empire and the main character is reminiscent of Germanicus or one of the other Caesars of that era, such that the book’s intrigues remind one of Robert Graves’ I, Claudius. At the same time, the setting resolutely retains elements of the nineteenth century with the reliance on coal and the politics of that time being replayed.

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