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All Those Vanished Engines Hardcover – July 1, 2014
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"Park handles multiple viewpoints, time lines, and story lines masterfully in this dense, philosophically provocative story."―Publishers Weekly
About the Author
PAUL PARK is the author of A Princess of Roumania, and numerous other novels. He published his first novel in the 1980s and swiftly attracted notice as one of the finest authors on the "humanist" wing of American SF. His powerful, densely written narratives of religious and existential crisis on worlds at once exotic and familiar won him comparisons with Gene Wolfe and Brian Aldiss at their best. He lives in North Adams, Massachusetts.
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But pretty much once that theme was done, some chapters in, the book morphed into I honestly know not what. There was a lot of flowery prose and shuffling back and forth between characters and time periods, but really, not much happened and I was hard pressed to care about what was happening when it did.
My interest was briefly rekindled when a secret scientific project from a previous war entered the frame, but either that petered out or I missed the point because that little story arc seemed to go nowhere.
Indeed, as a novel it seemed to go nowhere. Or perhaps backward in time, at the end, I can't actually say. And while a lot of the writing was excellent, it was also wordy, describing protagonists who spend a lot of time pontificating and reflecting and 'being' rather than doing. And perhaps there was some autobiographical aspect...or perhaps not?
So, I can't recommend this. I found it a hard slog to complete, it did not hold my interest, the characters are mostly passive and introspective and being related often share the same names which does not make it easy to pick out who is doing what to who. It seems to be sci fi but really isn't, the theme I found interesting at the start dies early in. And it's expensive.