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Middlemarch: An Authoritative Text, Backgrounds, Reviews and Criticism (A Norton Critical Edition)
Bert G. Hornback, George Eliot
The Magic Mountain
Thomas Mann, John E. Woods
Love in the Time of Cholera
Gabriel García Márquez
Salute the Dark - Adrian Tchaikovsky Seven or so major strands to the narrative, all of which steam right along. A fit conclusion to the war & numinous object storylines from the first three volumes. Generates effective pathos through key character deaths--one in particular is badass in execution, but then cheapened by an ambiguous epilogue. That said, so many others are not presented ambiguously, so one person running around mostly dead might be alright.

Love how the mosquito vision of the world is to turn back the clock to the bad old days when exsanguination of rivals was commonplace. Cool colloquy between engineers regarding the morality of chemical weapons deployment on non-combatants, and the implications of total war doctrine (235-37).

We see that "rich people love death" (220), so, yeah, a moment of realism.

Anyway, am thoroughly enjoying these now. Given the rate of technological development in the setting, I can only assume that the eighth volume will feature nukes and the tenth volume will have phasers, quantum singularity cannons, and time-traveling cyborgs. Looking forward to that.

Recommended for those who watch single points disintegrate into nothing, readers who would tear themselves apart were they to run out of enemies, and persons whose prey is already dead.