City of Golden Shadow

City of Golden Shadow
Otherland #1
Tad Williams
SF
4 Stars
DTB, 770 Pages

A near future where online is almost as real as rl. Some rich people, however, are creating an online world to rival the real world. Various characters get sucked into the story line, even if we, the reader, don’t know where they fit into the overall picture. A very good job of building the story up, reaching a satisfactory conclusion, while keeping the plot wide open.

Having read this series as it came out back in the 90’s, I wanted to go back and re-read to see how this held up, because I remember being blown away the first time through.

I was not blown away this time. However, that isn’t a bad thing. This time I was able to consider smaller things than the “coolness” factor of an online world, which was about to be the rage when this was written.

The characters were real. Enough so that I felt like slapping Renie multiple times for putting up with so much crap. Then I realized that is what real people do, with the ones they love. Multiple storylines, some very confusing because the character portrayed didn’t know what was going on, were all wound together nicely at the end, so that while you knew there was more to come, there was also a nice cutoff point for the story.

On a different note, I read this in the bookclub edition. Not as large as a first edition but it was still a tome. I couldn’t read it one handed. I had to frequently rest it on something, my stomach, the table, the covers, something to give my wrists a break. I will definitely be reading the rest on my ereader. Amazing tech, eh? 😀

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