Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America
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From Kirkus Reviews:
“Post-apocalyptic power struggle from Hugo Award winner Wilson…expertly handled prognostication with more than a touch of somber magnificence.” (Starred review)
From Publishers Weekly:
“Hugo-winner Wilson (Axis) perpetrates a kind of skewed steampunk novel set in a postcollapse, imperial United States returned to 19th-century technology and mores…Written with the eloquence and elegance of a Victorian novel, this thoughtful tale combines complex characters, rousing military adventure and a beautifully realized, unnerving future.” (Starred review)
From Cory Doctorow:
"Politically astute, romantic, philosophical, compassionate, and often uproariously funny, Julian Comstock may be Wilson's best book yet."
From The Globe and Mail:
"Wilson's 14th novel is unlike anything else we've seen from the author. The only traits that mark it as a Robert Charles Wilson novel are its nearly flawless writing and pitch-perfect characterizations, as well as a fearlessly optimistic vision that acknowledges but does not succumb to the approaching darkness... Julian Comstock is high adventure on one level. It's great fun to read, but the unreliable narrator also brings to question the veracity of the narrative voice in fiction. Julian Comstock is as much about the practice of storytelling as it is about the dangers of dictatorship and the inherent corruption that goes with unquestioned power... The narrative moves without hurrying, and the voice, both colloquial and formal, is irresistably pleasant. Julian Comstock is science fiction with a broad appeal, from a writer who continues to surprise."
"Julian Comstock is beautifully written, populated with engaging and sympathetic, if conflicted, characters, and unlike anything else [Robert Charles Wilson] has done to date."
"An engaging cross between post-apocalyptic series Jericho and Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, it may be the best science fiction novel of the year so far... It's a sprawling, gorgeous meditation on the inexplicable ways that history mutates culture, from its religious institutions to its pop culture."
"Julian Comstock compares well to genre-friendly 'literary' novels like Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policemen's Union and Jonathan Lethem's Girl in Landscape."
From The Denver Post:
"Under guise of his seeming naivete, [the narrator] tells a complex story of Julian's rise in the Army and Adam's growth as a writer... Along with war and love, it's a story of the struggle for truth in a world that seeks to deny it."
From Quill & Quire:
"There are many ironies at play here, with Wilson occasionally poking fun at [the narrator's] ignorance and guilelessness, bringing relief from the book's darker themes: religious zealotry, ecological devastation, and mechanized death. Offering an amalgam of action and philosophy, Julian Comstock provides vicarious satisfaction to those of us awaiting the end of the world as we know it."
From SF Site:
"Julian Comstock shares some characteristics with nineteenth century literature, especially the dime adventure novels that made heroes out of such figures as Kit Carson and Buffalo Bill. Julian Comstock is more polished in its prose than those popular publications, but its sense of adventure, the unlikely accomplishments of its hero, and a cast of colorful characters make it the twenty-second-century equivalent of what once would have been called a ripping good yarn... There is drama, romance, and political scheming aplenty, enough to entertain and intrigue most any reader."
From Gabriel Mckee, SFGospel.com:
"Destined to be remembered as one of this year's best SF novels, Robert Charles Wilson's Julian Comstock is the compelling tale of rebellion against tyranny, both political and religious... Julian Comstock is a rich and rewarding story—I've barely scratched the surface of its themes."