Way Too Slow to Get Started,
This review is from: Aurorarama (Hardcover)
I picked this up on the strength of its setting -- a retrofuturistic canal-chopped Arctic city called "New Venice." Ten pages in and I was enjoying the author's keen imagination, stage-setting, colorful elements, and playful language. Fifty pages in and I was getting a bit weary of the meandering introduction of the two main characters, a college professor and a city bureaucrat, both of whom may or may not be involved in some kind of underground dissident movement. And by 100 pages, my initial enthusiasm had completely petered out -- nothing was happening...
I will grant that when crafting a trilogy in a fantastic setting, authors often need to do some world-building. However, the start of this book suffers from too many details and not enough action. To be sure, there's lot of cool stuff involving mind-altering drugs, Eskimos, secret police, crazy music and crazier fashion, technology, and whatnot. But it's a jumble of elements rather than a story, and I just don't have the patience or time to read the remaining 300 pages to see if anything happens.