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Children of Time, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

I finished this and was deeply satisfied by it. I was in tears at the end! What a creative, compassionate well-constructed story.

What I really want to do is gloat about figuring out how the story would end, but I can't do that without spoiling it for people who are reading it or who might want to read it, and I have to say, I really enjoyed figuring things out on my own, and I want other people to have that pleasure too. So here's a link to my Goodreads review, which hides talk about the outcome under a spoiler cut.

It's really all that science fiction can be--this is why I like science fiction!

... And from a craft perspective, I really liked how Tchaikovsky seeded the story so that what bore fruit made sense: nothing happened that wasn't set up. Lots of webs of connection ;-)

I had quibbles about some things--at times some of the human characters' behavior was a bit bewildering to me--but those just fade away before my pleasure in the overall book.

This entry was originally posted at https://asakiyume.dreamwidth.org/880027.html. Comments are welcome at either location.

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nemophilist
Mar. 15th, 2018 01:38 pm (UTC)

I'm so excited to read this but I have no time for much reading at the moment and it makes me so sad haha. Definitely gonna pick it up at some point though!

asakiyume
Mar. 15th, 2018 02:46 pm (UTC)
The great thing about books, as sartorias always says, is that they keep! It's not like fish that you have to cook up right away, or berries that are going to go moldy. When you come up for air, the books are still there, pristine and fresh as ever. Keep up the good PhD work--eventually you'll be out the other end!
nemophilist
Mar. 15th, 2018 02:54 pm (UTC)
So true! I told someone in the bookshop yesterday that I buy books for when I need them, not when I'm in the mood for them, haha. I have a huge selection in my home library that I know I'll be in the mood for eventually, but just haven't had the time/headspace to touch them yet, haha.

Thanks girl! ♥

Spending all day buffing up my primary sources and going completely mad, haha.
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