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Julian Comstock : a story of 22nd-century America
Wilson, Robert Charles
Adult Fiction WILSON

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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. Julian Comstock, the disgraced nephew of the tyrannical American president, grows up in a small town in what was formerly northern Canada. Adam Hazzard, Julian's working-class friend, and Sam Godwin, a bluff old retainer and secret Jew, struggle to keep Julian alive despite his uncle's hatred and Julian's proclivity for annoying the repressive Dominion Church. When Julian is drafted to fight the invading Dutch in Labrador, exaggerated tales of his heroism, written by would-be novelist Adam, catapult the young aristocrat to unwanted fame. 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. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In the 22nd century, the United States is a "reborn" country, containing 60 states and stretching from its capital in New York to the plains of Athabaska. Led by President Deklan Comstock, the nation struggles to overcome the Efflorescence of Oil, the Fall of the Cities, and the Infertility Plague¿only to be confronted by tales of a war hero known as Captain Commongold who proves to be none other than Deklan's nephew Julian, whose new ideas threaten the current regime. VERDICT Veteran sf author and Hugo Award winner Wilson (Darwinia) has crafted a postmodern parable of a nation caught up in extremes and what it takes to return to the politics of rationality and tolerance. An important book that will attract fans of alternate history and dystopian fiction. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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