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    • CommentAuthorLemurian
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2008 edited
    I found this book while riffling through Wikipedia's steampunk section. The book... ought to fit in more places than it does.

    On the one hand, it's set in the year 2520 or thereabouts, prime sci-fi territory.
    But on the other hand, the backstory mandates no workable tech that uses electricity(with some elitist exceptions).
    It's a war story where the hero renounces violence, but still winds up killing people.
    There's a few digs at authoritarianism and preventative war.
    And it's a very pessimistic view of the world.

    Has anyone else read it? Enjoyed it, even?
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2008
    I read about halfway through before getting distracted by other things that were more imperative but less interesting. I must say, I really liked all the footnotes added by the professors and historians, and its something I'd like to see a little more of in books where worldbuilding plays such an important role. I'll need to re-read it before I deliver any other good opinions on it, though. I remember I liked it, but that's about all so far.