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Against Peace and Freedom Paperback – March 21, 2011
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The second-person voice takes a while to get used to, but it isn't overpowering and I found that eventually I stopped even noticing it. The history of the Incatena (available at his website) is extremely well-prepared and organized, but isn't introduced in endless expository chapters. Creating authenticity through world-building (or galaxy-building) while not letting it get away is an art that many sf authors have yet to achieve, but I suppose I should have expected it from the author of both the Language Construction Kit and the Planet Construction Kit.
I've tended to stay away from comic sf lately. But Against Peace and Freedom contains enough content outside of the humor to be more than a collection of jokes, and Rosenfelder isn't afraid of developing jokes over entire chapters in addition to the requisite one-liner parenthetical statements and footnotes. It's a fairly fast read too, which is nice for a comic novel.
A good book.
For all its one-liners, this is a very clever satirical novel, and the best worldbuilding I've read since "A Song of Ice and Fire" -- plenty of the background can be found for free on the author's website, and the work he's put into it shows. Is this, and the subtitle, a sign we can look forward to more novels exploring the other worlds of the Incatena? I for one would love to read more about Homeland and Armonia.
The second-person narration works better than expected. I'm not sure to what degree this reflects the story's origins as an adventure game, but I also don't think it would have been quite so funny if it were told more conventionally. The opportunity for the narrator to occasionally call out the protagonist is used with restraint and wit.
The book itself is nicely paced and contains myriad jokes that make it make it more than just a book about science. In fact, it's really not so much a book about science. It's certainly science fiction but there's a story beneath the technology which should allow this book to appeal to more than just the hard science fiction readers.
Finally, what I would consider one of the most interesting features of this book is that it's written in 2nd person perspective. The whole book is written as if YOU are the main character. You do this, this happens to you... It's only the second book I've ever read in 2nd person and it certainly sets the book apart.
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Written in second person. I felt this was a very poor choice for the story and main character. I loved the author's premise. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cozycoleman
I've long been a fan of the authors editorial essays, and decided to put something in the metaphorical tip jar and give his fiction a shot at the same time. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
I got this as a gift and while I probably wouldn't have got it on my own I am very very glad that I did get it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jeff Mine