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Posted September 21, 2014
It's a wonderfully, original story that is a cross of fantasy and science fiction. The little nuances and attention to detail that Williams gives is a breath of fresh air. At times you think the relationship between Aiah and her family is pointless, but you soon realize that Williams is doing an excellent job in character development as well as refining the softer/peripheral points of the reality he has created.
I loved the way the people communicated with their little ethnic idiosyncrasies of "ne" "da" and the background in the history and religion and cultural diversities. All of it was delivered in a way that showed Williams really put some thought into fleshing out his little world. I can't wait to dig into the 2nd book.
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Posted March 6, 2015
As shown on the cover, "Metropolitan" describes a world that is more than a little askew. Everything is based on an energy source called "plasm." This must be a metaphor for a multitude of things but I leave that as an exercise for the reader (or a great topic for a book club.) It is all things to all people and the more you can access, the more powerful you are. Careful though, too much will burn you, down to the soul.
Otherwise, this world is a strange mix of the advanced and the backward. Sometimes I felt I was reading something written in the 1930's. That must have been intentional but I don't know why Williams felt obligated to pay homage to those who, basically, didn't write as well as he does.
Generally, the story is rip-roaring, almost space operatic in tone except that it all takes place on this peculiar planet. Could it all be a metaphor for purgatory? They are encapsulated, hidden from space. Again, you decide.
At more than 800 pages, it's a bit of a slog but, in this case, that's a good thing. It's the first in a series and, while I have no intention in continuing that particular journey, you may feel otherwise.
Isn't it wonderful that thick books weigh no more on a Nook reader than thin ones?
Posted March 25, 2013
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