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About the Author

Mark Rosenfelder is a writer, the creator of zompist.com and author of the Language Construction Kit.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Yonagu Books (March 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984470042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984470044
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,691,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 14, 2014
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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.

I definitely came ahead on that deal as Against Peace and Freedom is well worth the purchase price.

I'd describe it more as witty than truly comedic, it has a serious, well constructed world. It is often uproariously funny but it doesn't depend on throw away one line gags and definitely has somber moments.

I felt like it both flowed very quickly, an easy read, while at the same time, being...dense, is the only word I can think of, I was a hundred pages in and felt so much had already happened.

My most significant complain is New Bharat. It feels as well put together as the rest of the universe, and I don't think it's really due to a lapse of writerly ability, but the world has a 'libertarian "utopia" ' vibe to it. The world feels more farcical than well-constructed and hilariously bureaucratic Okura. I think that boils down to that the premise of the world being so absurd however well the author portrays it.

If your problem with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was the poor construction of the world or lack of plot, this is your cup of tea. I think it has the potential to reach classic status, certainly cult classic.

It made me laugh. It made me think. It made me wish there was more.

Well worth the gamble of a few dollars. I may end up buying a paper copy just to have something to lend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aaron on August 4, 2011
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Can't recommend this book enough. Contrary to what I expected, Rosenfelder's more realistic approach to a future civilization actually allowed the book to be as original and thought-provoking as much of the experimental sf that makes up my typical reading in the genre.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oolon Colluphid on February 19, 2012
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Rosenfelder has that same subtle quality as Douglas Adams or PG Wodehouse, of making the reader feel like the only one who truly gets the joke. Also like Adams, the medium is used to its full comic potential; the footnotes snark at the text, and the narrative voice gives the impression of trying *not* to give the impression of bewilderment.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Mine on August 23, 2014
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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. If you like the Stainless Steel Rat or Retief you will LOVE this book. If you like the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and gonzo comedy, characters who are cool and witty under pressure then you will love this book.

I loved it so much I read bits of it out loud to my wife!

If you happen across this in your search for something new and different to read, don't hesitate, buy it you will not be disappointed.
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