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The Dragons of Babel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    Could have been better

    I'm still not sure how I feel about this book. It's unlike anything I've read. The story starts out one way, the second half feels like the author switched stories on you, and the end....I'm really not sure how the end ties to the first part of the book. the author introduces certain characters who you expect would play a big role and this is not the case. There are also pivotal scenes that you expect would lead to some major action at the end, and this does not happen. This felt like a book the other put together with everything he thought was cool. When I realized that there was just a few more chapters to go, I was shocked. There was so much more that needed to be elaborated on. And the end was so anti-climatic. I am still left wondering what was the significance of certain scenes. With that being said, the book still kept my interest, because it was just different and unpredictable. I feel like this book had such great ideas but the author did not follow through with them completely.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    hardcore fantasy

    In a tiny village east of Avalon and on the edge of the Old Forest, young orphan Will le Fey and others saw the war dragons with their riders soaring in the sky. Whereas the others fled to the safety of their village from either side of the war as the basilisk are as nasty to the innocent civilians as the dragons and their half mortal riders Will stayed to watch although an explosion warped time. Not long afterward, a wingless crippled dragon with holes in his fuselage crawled out of the Old Forest and collapsed in the village. The villagers assume he belongs to Will, instead this feral beast made of flesh and metal owns the lad and declares he is the king of this area From that point forward, every evening, the somewhat healing dragon uses the boy to learn of any insurrections until the locals exile Will. The patrol capture him as no wanders the land and take him to a refugee camp run more like a prison. However, conmander Nat Whilk frees Will whose odyssey continues below the food chain at the sewerage and stinking tunnels beneath the Dread Tower of Babel as he learns the key lesson of the politically powerful to get what they want regardless of the costs to others such as the use of war as a mechanism to stay in power. --- This hardcore fantasy uses mythological characters to tell a coming of age saga of a young man who learns that Lord Acton was right as power corrupts. Politicians including are skewed by Michael Swanwick through the lessons learned by the hero as he climbs the stairwell up the Tower Of Babel until he can achieve his objective winning the hand of the Elven woman he loves, but was too far above him in social class. Readers who appreciate a hardcore fantasy satire will enjoy Mr. Swanick¿s version of New York City as THE DRAGONS OF BABEL will never give up power willingly risking the lives of patriots who are someone else¿s offspring. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2011

    awesome book!!

    i finished reading this in a week there should be a second part to this.

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  • Posted August 24, 2010

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    Steampunk and All its Gory

    I did read this book over a year ago so I will spare details of the actual plot of the book. If you love LoveCraft and want to live in a dark hole of Sci-fi and fantasy and experience the beating heart of cold iron and gears that is Michael Swanwick then knock yourself out. It certainly knocked me out and I don't know if that is good or bad!

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  • Posted April 1, 2010

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    Industrial Fantasy

    What some modern fans often forget is that the Steampunk movement actually involved "punk" at one time. While The Dragons of Babel contains current steampunk tropes - the fantastically mechanical, the mechanically fantastic - it also goes to punk roots with its sense of nihilism and a fantasy world where the phrase "no future" fits.

    Like all of Swanwick's work, the language is lush and well written, the characters whole, if a bit distant, and the story entertains at many levels, compelling us to finish the book, immediately, uninterruptedly.

    The story exists in the same universe as one of Swanwick's previous novels, The Iron Dragon's Daughter, but it's not a sequel and it's not necessary to have read that book to enjoy this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2009

    Too vulgar and meandering for my taste

    Many times I thought, "Is that really necessary?" And, "Is this book going anywhere?" At the ending I thought, "Well, I'm not sure what happened, but at least it resolved a few things."

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