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Another of this year's BSFA nominees, a rollicking yarn of an uplifted monkey who is the hero of the most popular computer game of a steampunkish 2059 (where the UK, France and Norway are celebrating a centenary of political union, the Chinese are a threat and the Germans and Russians seem to have disappeared). Lots of fun Stuff Happening here, especially the sinister transhumanists plotting to destroy the world and the royal prince who discovers he is both more and less than he thought; the set-piece battles on giant linked zeppelins are pretty impressive too. It didn't quite tick enough of my boxes to go ahead of Evening's Empires; but it's entertaining.

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girfan
Mar. 6th, 2014 11:08 pm (UTC)
Be sure to read the second book, Hive Monkey. It takes a different turn than expected!
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