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  • A modern masterpiece

    I am not in the habit of giving a 5-star rating but The Teixcalaan series (A Memory Called Empire / A Desolation Called Peace) makes it easy. With her moving story of alienation, exile and longing for connection, Arkady Martine (the pen name of AnnaLinden Weller) has created a verifiable magnum opus. The principal characters are fully-formed, complex and damaged in ways that seem entirely natural despite the background of a sprawling galactic empire, disparate human societies on the periphery, and first encounter with an unknowably alien race that poses an existential threat to all. I am inviting predictably outraged criticism when I say this but I believe that the Teixcalaan series deserve pride of place on the bookshelf with other SF masterpieces such as Asimov's Foundation series, Herbert's Dune series, and the utopian dreams of LeGuin.

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  • If you liked the first book...

    Odds are you like this one just as much, if not more. Martine continues opening the door on Teixcalaanli culture and it was such a treat to read for this lover of sci-fi.

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  • Incredibly Boring

    Lots of great ideas and cool, interesting threats. Neat settings and powerful language. Author can't tear herself away from boring politics for long enough to make it even remotely exciting, though. Keeps all the interesting stuff in the background, while she waterboards you with constant political maneuvering and social commentary. I wish this universe could have a writer with more spectacle. The aliens and the horror and the creative elements are there.

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  • Intricate and densely plotted

    As intricate and densely plotted as the first. The inclusion of multiple viewpoint characters slowed the pacing and plot somewhat, but not intolerably.I remain fascinated with this world, and hope to see more books in it.

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  • Good sci-fi explorations political intrigue.

    I really enjoyed both books, I feel it has a resemblance to Asimov's foundation series. At one point the writer delves into the intimate details of a sexual encounter that does not move the story forward. Otherwise the handling of relationships was excelent.

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