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A Vast Emptyness,
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This review is from: Tongues of Serpents: A Novel of Temeraire (Hardcover)
I like the series and I hate it when authors I like don't deliver, as is the case here. When the non-fiction book Fatal Shores (about the colonization of Australia) came out 20+ years ago I read it and liked it, although I found it troubling and depressing, but one of the things I took away from it was that Australia 200 years ago was a vast emptyness. So is this book. With every word in every sentence in every chapter, absolutely nothing happens and at the end of the book nothing is resolved. Perhaps Ms. Novik merely intends that this be the prelude to something wonderful but the only wonder I had was that I didn't fall asleep reading it: thank God for the page turner on my Kindle. One of the charming things the powers that be in late 18th century Australia liked to do to badly misbehaving prisoners was flog them a couple of hundred lashes and then hang them (to the point that the government had to warn against the practice as inhumane - they said just hang them). That would be almost preferable to being forced to read this book.