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Clever, funny, good read!
on 25 November 2016
As a kid, I read Jules Verne, Rider Haggard and similar adventure stories - it's long ago, but I have a distinct recollection of a book that was at least 50% entertaining digression. Theate of the Gods reminds me of this - the main story is multi-layered, weaving time and space and multiple universes around. But the digressions and descriptions are what makes the book - the backstory of the hero appears halfway through and changes the perspective of the main story. The descriptions of the various planets, characters, times and devices creates constant "ah hah!" moments.
The book is also very, very funny. I repeatedly laughed out loud.
The characters are - of necessity - not entirely realistic. But they are credible, and behave with an internal logic that's hard to fault. The story is to an extent driven by character as well as plot, and I never felt that the spectacular scenes - space battles, daring escapes, hand-to-hand combat - were shoe-horned in - they fit in the story, and moved it forward.
But the most important thing is that I loved coming back to this book.It's big, complex, funny, and engaging - even though it's an adventure, it also makes me ponder. And the homunculus gambit is genius!