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I was laree at the start - set in a fictional central Asian republic in the very near future - not my thing at all, but this is a marvellous work, believable in almost every respect. The characters live, the world is so real, I can still see/smell/taste it now, almost two weeks since I turned the last page.
The politics, national and local, felt very real. The story is compelling, blending of the mystic and quantum science against an all-too-familiar (to me) background of small-nation military-political posturing, the clash of modernity with traditional belief and religious morality all brought to life by a collection of brilliantly-drawn characters - there was almost nothing I disliked here, until the belly-baby.
The belly-baby was simply bizarre and... I kept waiting for it to make sense, feeling sure it must have some deeper metaphorical meaning but - either I'm missing something very fundamental or there was no meaning and it was a simple piece of grotesquery hurled in to the mix for the sake of it. This would have been a five star book without it - the story would have been immensely improved without it.