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Tries too hard,
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This review is from: Absorption (Ragnarok 1) (Paperback)
Whatever criticisms can be made of John Meaney's book (see below) lack of ambition is not among them. It attempts to weave together half a dozen plot lines spanning two thousand years, and a wide variety of environments and cultures. It only partly succeeds. The far future sections are interesting enough, but the part set in Europe between the wars seems to be constructed largely from clichés, and is off-putting to read if you know anything about the period. Moreover, the book is the first of a trilogy, and whole chapters lead effectively nowhere in the plot of this volume. Characters are introduced here, presumably so that they can do something more interesting in later books. But most are so lightly developed that it's hard really to care what happens to them.