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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Ideas, Shoddy Treatment, July 16, 2011
This review is from: Bring the Jubilee (Paperback)
Ward Moore does an amazing job of setting up an alternate history (and present), but it is one that ultimately goes nowhere. All of the conflicts, all of the character development that takes place for most of the book is just thrown out with absolutely no resolution, all merely so he can combine his love of Civil War history with an unoriginal plot device that was worn out and tired and cliched when he wrote the book (or even the original novella). If he had stuck to his alternate world and brought about some resolution to his storylines, if he had bothered to show where things were going instead of turning it into a series of pointless vignettes, then he would really have had something great. To instead turn all the story you've waded through into nothing but a setup for something that would fail to surprise anyone who's watched a single episode of the Twilight Zone just cheapens it all. The three stars are for all the good, unresolved ideas which ultimately go nowhere. It is almost as if he couldn't decide what to do with his alternate world or how to resolve things, so he came up with a cheat that allowed him to just throw it all out and bask in the praise for the ideas he never finished. These ideas would have deserved 5 stars had they been handled properly. But ultimately the story itself deserves zero stars, so I've averaged them out.
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