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Posted February 23, 2008
The basic concept and plot was great but I can't help but think the novella was probably a better story, for being shorter and hopefully more focused. There was just so much going on here historically and politically that never really tied in to the theme or plot completely and seemed to be there just to flesh out the setting which it did moderately well. Where it fails is in making history about the people instead of the events. The only complete character is Dietrich, which is the novel's saving grace. His attempts to grasp science, which is now generally understood, without the foundations necessary to make the leap was truly fascinating. His conversations with Hans and Joachim are the best parts of the plot. The two contemporary characters were mere shadows of complete people, which would have been acceptable in a shorter novel but in a story of this length and complexity I would have expected them to be more than mere devices to tie to wrap up the plot. This novel got my brain interested but never got me emotionally involved. The plague never quite came across as a tragedy of life lost, just a historical event.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.