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  • Fantasy, Science Fiction, Philosophy, and Myth

    Took me a while to get through, but it was so good. The slow going was not in the writing itself, but because of some of the subject matter and how well Walton dealt with the philosophical aspects. Sokrates (that's how the spell it in the just city) was brilliant, though I wasn't sure there'd be an attempt at a longer dialog. Rape and consent are the tough subjects, but they're written about well (at least, I think so), and it makes sense for the story. I mean, we start out with Apollo trying to figure out why the nymph he was chasing would prefer to be turned to a tree instead of "playing his game." From there, he figures he needs to become incarnate in order to better understand "volition and equal significance." There's lots of discussion about justice and excellence. Also different types of love. Mostly eros and agape, but philia's in there, too. It's not all philosophy, though. There are plenty of good characters who deal with love and friendship, discovery and rebellion. And robots. Robots from the future. All in all, it's been one of my favorites this year, and I finished it just in time for the second volume to come out.

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