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Posted April 5, 2014
In Wolfhound Century, Peter Higgins has created a wonderful worl
In Wolfhound Century, Peter Higgins has created a wonderful world blending alternate history and fantasy. Adding giants and fallen angels to a Soviet-style totalitarian society might seem like a strange mix, but in Higgins's capable hands, all of the disparate elements come together in a way which makes perfect sense. The primary plot had me frantically turning the pages, but the references to the back story, involving a war in Heaven, and an underlying theme involving the malleability of the future added a depth which makes me even more eager to read the next book in this projected trilogy:Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The past was one, but futures were many, an endlessly bifurcating flowering abundance of possibilities all trying to become, all struggling to grow out of the precarious restless racing-forwards of now.
Devotees of realistic alternate history (is that an oxymoron?) ala Philip Roth's The Plot Against America should be prepared for something different, but if they can simply accept the fantastical elements, they should be as intrigued by Mirgorod and its environs as I was.
I received a free copy of Wolfhound Century through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Posted April 12, 2013
Original and thought provoking, it flows from totalitarian grime
Original and thought provoking, it flows from totalitarian grime to the clarity of the marshland sky with ease. Very original debut novel- part 2 soon pleaseWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 27, 2013
In Wolfhound Century, author Peter Higgins imagines a fantastic,
In Wolfhound Century, author Peter Higgins imagines a fantastic, totalitarian state, inhabited by grim characters. In other words, Higgins has crafted his vision of 1940's Russia. The story mainly follows investigator Vissarion Lom, as he attempts to capture a terrorist. Intrigue is instantly put on display as Lom is ordered to report directly to the head of the Secret Police. Despite the image of power and order that the state projects, Lom discovers the state to be full of power struggles and battles between the state police and radical revolutionaries.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Adding to all of this is a muddied attempt by the author to impart elements of fantasy and Russian folklore to this otherwise straight-forward crime thriller. When I first read of the crime leader dealing with a possession of the mind reminiscent of something out of an exorcism film, I immediately felt disconnected from the story. While I believe that Higgins does a commendable job at building his vision of Russia, there comes a point when too many details become cumbersome and distract from the story.
I'm convinced that within the many names of places, people, and muddied descriptions of Russian myth, there is a good story. Despite never really getting into a strong flow, I couldn't help but continue reading to the next chapter (short chapters probably helped with this issue). The story itself is fairly convincing, and all of the plot lines come to a satisfying point. Unfortunately, the narrative just stops, which I'm assuming means a sequel to this novel is in the works. For my tastes, however, I just can't get over the style of Higgin's writing to justify reading a future installment.
Posted March 31, 2013
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