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I have never been more affected by a story. A masterpiece. The pacing of the narrative is deliberate and the collision of interstellar precognition with old-world prophecy is delightfully told. I remain intrigued by the universe the story was told in, and blown away by the dynamism of the characters portrayed.
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What other book might you compare Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard to and why?
Although I will say that as a sci-fi book, which bits that take place in space, there's little to no tech discussed at all. You could call it sci-fantasy, but aside from precognitives, telepaths, and the idea that you can summon the dead by way of calling on their memories, there's nothing Fantastical about it either. The book feels more like a mystery and a political thriller, and the closest thing I can think of to it would be "The End of All Things" by Scalzi.
Which character – as performed by J. G. Hertzler – was your favorite?
The voice-actor's best is perhaps with Senator Bish, getting the tone of voice right. Or perhaps Magda's. Both were complex, tonally.
Any additional comments?
The characters are lovely, most of them unpleasant, but still lovely. By the end I adored one of the characters, and hope to more of him with the author's writing. The prose is a welcoming, slow tide that sweeps you along on a pleasant river. The setting is enjoyable, although we only get one deep look at the rich culture of Barsk, at the race of fonts, despite the galaxy being filled with so many races. That's alright, as the plot is so heavily tied in with fonts, their culture, history and the resource on their planet. The fact every race seems to be prejudiced against the font strained my suspension of disbelief, but it comes up in the end that there's a real and legitimate reason for this that satisfied me.
Honestly I can't find anything negative to say about this book, beyond that I don't have more of it already.
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