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excellent novel

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-05-07

something else, a narrative treatment about reality and simulation, among other things. An aging child actor, an erratic rock critic, their friends and other loved ones in delerious conspiracy theory skating fugues hammer out riffs on popular culture and parodies there in.

Eh, the author seemed tired at the end

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-04-29

I read the first two books in this series and mostly enjoyed them. The author's apparent obsession with the appearance and breeding and cultural identity of every single darn character got really trying after a while. I want to know what hard choices people make, not things they can't choose. If I want that stuff I'll read the horrific day to day news coming out of the new yellow journalism.
Here in the third book I felt like Jemisin was kinda phoning in the story and stretching it out to fill pages. To be fair the fantastical ideas and descriptions were nice and entertaining, but it didn't carry the story for me. There was some really nice pay off with repeated motifs in the story and strong world building, but that's not enough for me.
In the end I can't recommend this and I won't be returning to this series or any other of N. K. Jemisin's books.