The Mongoliad Book Two

The Mongoliad: Book Two
By: Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, Erik Bear, Joseph Brassey, E.D. deBirmingham, and Cooper Moo

Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book to review. As is my policy with books that I receive for review, if I don’t like it, I don’t review it.

It’s only been about 4 months since I read the first book in the series, The Mongoliad, but even in that time, I found that I had lost the story somewhat. I think that some of that is due to the style that the book is written in. Rather than one cohesive story, we’re following several view points from several groups. And none of the groups seems to be directly tied together. I’m assuming that by the end of the series, they’ll have all been tied together and we’ll have some grand over-plot that will come into view. If that doesn’t happen, this whole series might well be a colossal failure.

About now, you’re probably asking why I’m writing this review at all.  After all, didn’t I say above in that disclaimer that books that I receive free of charge only get reviewed if I like them?  Why, yes, I did.  End of review.

O.K. not quite.  The fact is that I did actually like the book.  The plot lines that have yet to be tied together aside, the rest of the book is pretty good.  With as many authors as they have going on this, I expect that there would be some disarray when it comes to viewpoints, tone, tempo, etc, but really, it’s pretty even throughout.  I’m not sure what their arrangement is for who writes what, but it’s working well for them.  The other reason that I find that I like the book (and the series) is that the characters are well done, and I find myself liking most of them.  I find myself reading on to find out what happens to them, and where they end up.  That’s a sign of a pretty good novel in my book.  (That’s a juicy pun!)

Here’s the thing.  I like the book.  I like the characters, and, taken on their own merits, I do like the plot-lines.  I still maintain that if they aren’t all tied together somehow by the end of the series, the series might be a failure anyways.  It would be a sad thing, but it would be true.


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