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5.0 out of 5 stars
Fascinating world and easy-to-read language!, 5 July 2009
I am not a native English-speaker, thus I value a less complicated language, on one hand, but I do not want to read children stories with over simplistic vocabulary, on the other. This book worked great for me. I did have to look up some of the words but when I did not have a dictionary with me, I could still understand what was going on.
Comparing to those worlds I have read about, seen in movies or computer games, Virga is absolutely fascinating! It is not too unusual and complicated to understand. The combination of old and new is balanced. The `old' gives a sense of romance and adventure: it is not about pressing the right buttons at the right time rather it is about reacting fast enough and being creative in one's solutions. The `new' does not put a sharp contrast between our world and the world of Virga, because it is not aliens and super technologies that make the difference, but it is a fusion of circumstances that made human development follow a peculiar path.