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zerode, June 7, 2012 (view all comments by zerode)
I'm reading this for perhaps the fourth or fifth time - it's such rollicking good fun. When you see what Thomas Pynchon and Neal Stephenson said about it, it's a wonder that this book isn't MUCH more widely known than it is. It really is brilliant: funny, political, satirical, witty, smart, bizarre. It often feels more magical realist to me - like Garcia Marquez's "100 Years..." or Mark Helprin's "Refiner's Fine" - the bit in the NY sewers most obviously - than science fiction. Some of the futuristic stuff is dated now, as happens more and more with SF - real developments in things like computers have vastly outstripped most authors' imagined scenarios. At times, though, it is disturbingly prescient: it has an airplane crashing into the Empire State Building to destroy it. Not so prescient: an end to AIDS in 1999. That probably seemed like a reasonable thing when the book was written - what a horrible situation that that prediction couldn't have been proven right or even out-paced.
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This book was a lot of fun.
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Ruff, Matt
Science Fiction - General
FICTION / Literary
Fantasy fiction
New york (n.y.)
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
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Grove Press
Public Works Trilogy
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9 x 6 in 17 oz

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