… they first drive mad.
From a puppykicker. She offers her opinion of SOMEWHITHER
Even if one considers that the Dragon Awards seem to be aimed at populist and action-packed SFF, Raising Caine or Agent of the Imperium still fit the bill much better than Somewhither, which – going by previous experience with Wright’s work – is neither action-packed nor populist and probably also very preachy.
Yes, you heard it here first. SOMEWHITHER is not action packed.
And not just preachy, mind, but very preachy. (I am hard pressed to say what the sermon in this allegedly very preachy book might be. “Stabbing is fun; determinism is not” would seem to cover it.)
And I cannot make heads or tails of what is meant here by populist. Populist is a pro-Tribune Roman political faction that opposed the pro-Senatorial Optimate faction, used often metaphorically to refer to any political appeal to the common man for the overthrow of the ruling elite. In America, the word is usually used to refer to nativists and protectionists such as the anti-Catholic Know-Nothing party of the 1850s. Anti-Catholic is the one thing the book is not: I assume she meant to say popular.
An Elementary Treatise on Determinants, With Their Application to Simultaneous Linear Equations and Algebraic Equations — going by previous experience with Charles Dodgson’s work, this is probably a fun and nonsensical phantasmagoria, filled with gentle satire and whimsy.
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