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book reviews by Althea

Lady of Mazes – Karl Schroeder ****

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Schroeder is a fairly recent discovery for me. (Why is it that I tend to love Canadian SF authors? Do I have some sort of deep-seated genetic affinity?) I haven’t read everything by him yet, but I’ve liked everything I’ve read so far. ‘Lady of Mazes; is admittedly not my favorite selection by him so far, but I still quite liked it. It reminded me of Elizabeth Bear’s Jacob’s Ladder books – but better.

It took a while for me to get into it. The multi-layered virtual reality these characters live in is challenging to understand – and the reader gets dumped right in.However, once the spray from the splashdown settles, the plot picks up – and there are plenty of plots. Unravelling the various motivations and mysteries, as this virtual world unravels, is a lot of fun.

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