Julian Comstock

Julian Comstock

A Story of 22nd-century America

Book - 2010
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An adventure set in post-climate-change America. Locomotive races, secret societies, a war in Labrador between the U.S. and the Dutch, presidential intrigue at the palace in New York City, and a hero for the people.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2010, c2009
ISBN: 9780765359230
0765359235
Characteristics: 689 p. ; 18 cm

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jtpolk
May 23, 2016

This book correctly captures the tone of a 19th Century biography. There is a certain lack of introspection, and a much different acceptance of death that is hard for a 21st Century writer to capture. I was very satisfied with the future history. It had hints of Robert A. Heinlein’s future history, what with the destruction of civilization and an American rise of a fundamentalist church. It evokes some of Turtledove’s alternative histories but rather a possible history.

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RazorSteel
Apr 18, 2011

One of the best books I've read in a while. Wilson is a tremendously imaginative writer and fantastic storyteller. One of the best recommendations I was ever given.

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stefz
Nov 01, 2010

I read all books by this author but this one was the least pleasing. I was reading with an increasing frustration and couldn't accept that humanity would regress that much, although Julian himself believed we were the cause of their misfortune. I had the impression I was reading a novel from the 19th century, their lack of technology and resources were too depressing for me to believe it possible. I think humans will find ways to replace the main source of our welfare, oil, when it runs out but we have to start now.

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Russ_A
Mar 24, 2010

Better than The Road by Cormac McCarthy but that's faint praise. It is on its face post-apocalyptic alternative history, but really not science fiction as it is billed. It is more an imagining of 19th Century America if it had gone the way of a Christian version of Iran, with a Taliban-like religious force vying for power with a despotic civil government, all told through the eyes of a charmingly naive country lad who by chance served to chronicle momentous historical events of this throwback future.

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dida
Dec 24, 2009

Not much SF in this one -- more of a dystopian novel about a not-so-distant future where we've exhausted our oil supplies and been through a population crash accompanied by technology loss and a more powerful clergy.

RCW focuses what scientific discourse there is in the book on ideas surrounding evolution: apparently a theme in his works, as Spin and Axis also latched onto this as a major part of their science.

The types of characters and their relationships were noticeably analogous to those in Spin, and had the book had similar pacing.

All in all, a good read.

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dida
Dec 24, 2009

dida thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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