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A Desolation Called Peace (Teixcalaan Book 2) (English Edition) Format Kindle
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- ASIN : B07QPJHNSM
- Éditeur : Tor Books; 1er édition (2 mars 2021)
- Langue : Anglais
- Taille du fichier : 4153 KB
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- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 493 pages
- Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1529001625
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I reflected reading this that it is really difficult ro do something completely new in SF these days. All the old cultures of Earth have been mined for models, and innumerable novels and TV shows have explored the possible forms of space warfare and space soldiery. This novel doesn't contain anything wildly new. Hive minds? Check. Vast bureaucratic empires? Check. Loyal soldiers, impressive generals? Check. Wily politicians? Check. Subversive foreigners? Check. But what brings it together for me is the author's wonderful command of character and of language. Each of her characters is real, differentiated by everything from backstory to vocabulary, varied and interesting even if you hate them. The relationships between them are subtle and carefully explored. And her language is splendid, taking no prisoners. Personally, I enjoy a glossary at the back, and recognise that you can't always translate a word exactly - sometimes you need to use the original, even if it is in Aztec.
So, just as enjoyable as the first one, slow to start but really picking up the pace as it goes along, satisfactorily resolved with the possibility of more to come... I LIIKE this book.
While the previous novel had some pace and verve, this one by comparison is flat and lifeless and limps along apologetically, and I am wholly disappointed so far by its lack of bite. It's very retrospective, harking back frequently to events in the first novel, revisiting its former glory, but failing to recreate it.
I'm not yet finished but I'm not sure I will, not unless there is something to get enthusiastic enough about to make it worth while. I read in hope but hope is fading.
A minor moan, which applies to this and other current authors, is the use of contemporary swear-words in contexts supposed to be elsewhere and elsewhen. The willing suspension of disbelief becomes more difficult and nothing is added to narrative or character. I'm not 'offended', just irritated. Drop it. Invent new words, if you must, but leave the f-bomb at home.
The opening of Desolation was lyrical and came from a completely unexpected direction, I think this opening helps the reader look at the universe of Teixcalaan slightly differently from the very beginning.
The themes of belonging, identity, home carry over from memory and develop further in various ominous and threatening contexts, for example the possibility of resolving a first contact scenario with a planetary nuclear holocaust.
Although the narrative reached a conclusion I was very much left wanting to hear more stories about this imagined universe and the characters who inhabit it.