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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: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,389,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I just finished this book today, and I must say, it was a good read!
Andrew Duncan
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.
Oolon Colluphid
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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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 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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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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This story my not be a masterpiece, but SOME stories have to be mundane, so that other can be superb. Also, it's is far from a nightmare, just not something you would remember the next morning when you wake up. it's a butterfly dreaming it's a man, not a man dreaming they're a butterfly.
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