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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
An Autumn War - Daniel Abraham The adventures of Platonist Forms continue here, and the narrative ticks up a notch in this installment, as compared to the previous two. Part of the added tension is the addition of a perspective of the enemy, in the person of Balasar Gice, who is something of the setting's Miles Teg, (sans superpowers).

The novel satisfies the obligations created in earlier volumes--it concerns primarily warfare, in which Plato is weaponized. The Forms deployed are essentially the forms of Genocide-of-Persons on the one hand and Genocide-of-Forms on the other. While the latter is a very slick thought experiment, the former is tres Inchoroi, but without tentacles and sexual assault.

The author also reveals a high level of skill in writing about domestic drama, and fashions several very effective and moving scenes regarding the central personalities involved.

Suffers from a certain brevity as well as restriction in scope. Neither are particularly damning, but my taste runs toward the ponderous, the complicated, the puzzling--but Abraham is too good a writer for all that.

Highly recommended.