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The good and the bad
on 3 November 2014
This book is well written. The main character's personality is very clear. The world in as much we learn about it, is well conceived and the descriptions of places and events make for a flowing story.
On the other hand this book is also naive, implausible and frustrating!
One of my biggest frustrations is with the construction of a plane. The timescale for such an event is ridiculously short. You can't go from never having constructed anything, to constructing a glider, to constructing a plane in under a season. Especially when you only have two people working on it and one of them doesn't at the start have any basic understanding of metallurgy, mechanics or anything else. To then power the plane by clockwork demonstrates a complete misunderstanding of basic physics.
I'd love to recommend this book and author but at times when reading this story I wanted to tear my hair out. People who can forget about any links with reality will enjoy it.