Julian Comstock

Julian Comstock

A Story of 22nd-century America

Book - 2009
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As the United States struggles back to prosperity in the 22nd Century, the dashing Captain Commongold faces treachery and intrigue while being at fatal odds with the hierarchy of the Dominion for his beliefs in the doctrines of the Secular Ancients.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2009
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765319715
0765319713
Branch Call Number: FICTION Wil
Description: 413 pages ; 24 cm

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jtpolk
May 23, 2016

This book correctly captures the tone of a 19th Century biography. There is a certain lack of introspection, and a much different acceptance of death that is hard for a 21st Century writer to capture. I was very satisfied with the future history. It had hints of Robert A. Heinlein’s future history, what with the destruction of civilization and an American rise of a fundamentalist church. It evokes some of Turtledove’s alternative histories but rather a possible history.

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RazorSteel
Apr 18, 2011

One of the best books I've read in a while. Wilson is a tremendously imaginative writer and fantastic storyteller. One of the best recommendations I was ever given.

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stefz
Nov 01, 2010

I read all books by this author but this one was the least pleasing. I was reading with an increasing frustration and couldn't accept that humanity would regress that much, although Julian himself believed we were the cause of their misfortune. I had the impression I was reading a novel from the 19th century, their lack of technology and resources were too depressing for me to believe it possible. I think humans will find ways to replace the main source of our welfare, oil, when it runs out but we have to start now.

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Russ_A
Mar 24, 2010

Better than The Road by Cormac McCarthy but that's faint praise. It is on its face post-apocalyptic alternative history, but really not science fiction as it is billed. It is more an imagining of 19th Century America if it had gone the way of a Christian version of Iran, with a Taliban-like religious force vying for power with a despotic civil government, all told through the eyes of a charmingly naive country lad who by chance served to chronicle momentous historical events of this throwback future.

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dida
Dec 24, 2009

Not much SF in this one -- more of a dystopian novel about a not-so-distant future where we've exhausted our oil supplies and been through a population crash accompanied by technology loss and a more powerful clergy.

RCW focuses what scientific discourse there is in the book on ideas surrounding evolution: apparently a theme in his works, as Spin and Axis also latched onto this as a major part of their science.

The types of characters and their relationships were noticeably analogous to those in Spin, and had the book had similar pacing.

All in all, a good read.

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dida
Dec 24, 2009

dida thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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