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The Dark Volume, by G.W. Dahlquist

September 6th, 2013 (12:36 pm)
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It's sat on top of my filing cabinet for four years, approximately, but I've at last finished (borrowed; beware those who expect me to return things quickly) The Dark Volume by G.W. (Gordon to those who read the US edition) Dahlquist. The book has something of the air of a story designed to relocate characters with an eye to the next novel in the sequence, rather than being a narrative in its own right, but the worldbuilding develops as Dahlquist continues to pick and choose from European geography and the history of politics and technology. There is much musing on memory, but more as pointers to character development than its fulfilment. Like the Contessa di Lacquer-Sforza, however, one would happily spend more time with Dahlquist's protagonist, Celeste Temple, as she learns to know herself and her decrepid society; she and her allies Chang and Svenson make the decisions in extremis the reader would like to make.

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Posted by: Pellegrina (pellegrina)
Posted at: September 6th, 2013 03:54 pm (UTC)
computer

The reader would also like not to have been kept waiting so darn long for for the next novel in the sequence!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: September 6th, 2013 04:04 pm (UTC)

There was quite a gap, wasn't there... Maybe there was something in the rumours that the third book was cancelled.

Posted by: Pellegrina (pellegrina)
Posted at: September 6th, 2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
dog reading

I'd quite given up on it, but in any case had been waiting for the paperback. Is it out yet?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: September 6th, 2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
Horace Walpole

Yes - Amazon sell it and it is in stock in Oxfordshire Libraries, so I assume it is a tangibly real paper-and-ink item.

Posted by: widsidh (widsidh)
Posted at: September 16th, 2013 09:21 pm (UTC)

Yes, I have the paperback :-)