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|Title page||A Panorama of New Venice||"He drew a curtain aside..."||"...the disused Pneumatic subway line"|
The prose possesses a lyrical beauty and elegance uncommon in contemporary fiction.
The author's pseudo-literary style just ended up sounding stilted and pretentious, and the meandering plot was impossible to follow.
You'll go back a few chapters thinking you've missed something important, but, no, you didn't miss anything at all.
I wanted to like this book--it has a great premise and a lot of potentially good world-building in it. But for me it never gelled. Read morePublished 22 days ago by LowbrowLitLover
I really enjoyed this book. It had an unusual plot, many, many great moments of Steam Punk concepts, and interesting, complex characters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lou
A beautifully written book, in a gorgeous world, but the characterization did not appeal.Published 2 months ago by M.
I picked this up on the strength of its setting -- a retrofuturistic canal-chopped Arctic city called "New Venice. Read morePublished 6 months ago by A. Ross
There is nothing more disappointing than a book that fails to live up to its hype. Unfortunately, Aurorarama falls squarely into this category. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nolite 17
What a mad journey. Morals, mad characters, la belle epoque set in a fictions world, magic, rebels, indigenous people, set in a cold, cold world of snow and ice!Published 16 months ago by V
Absorbing the words contained in this book was a way I chose to pass some time. Before giving up, realizing I could go no further. Seriously, what made me buy this?Published 17 months ago by Liz Lemon
Perhaps it is not my type of book,I find it hard to rate it at all. The three stars are for the author who has done a great work in producing it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by jim,harrison
I've given Aurorarama four stars as a reward for the sophistication and polish with which Valtat accomplishes what he sets out to do: produce a complex, linguistically... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Joshua Villines