Julian Comstock

Julian Comstock

A Story of 22nd-century America

eBook - 2009
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As the United States struggles back to prosperity in the 22nd Century, the dashing Captain Commongold faces treachery and intrigue while being at fatal odds with the hierarchy of the Dominion for his beliefs in the doctrines of the Secular Ancients.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2009
ISBN: 9781429956543
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Shuken_1989
Jul 11, 2019

Wilson's tale "Julian Comstock: a Story of 22nd Century America," is an excellent tale, Julian is based loosely on the story of Julian the Apostate the 4th century pagan reactionary Roman Emperor who attempted to disenfranchise the Christian eclipse of traditional Roman values and beliefs. Julian Comstock is a young man from a blue-blooded family connected to the ruling family of the Dominion. The "Dominion of Jesus Christ" is the new name for the United States and operates as a evangelical Christian theocracy. America and the world have exhausted their resources and oil and other resources are in short supply. The book is written from the perspective of Julian's close confidant Adam Hazzard, a poor but ambitious "snake worshipper" who hales from the more primitive parts of the Dominion. Adam's close observation of Julian and the events surrounding Julian's rise to power to create an atmosphere that feels very real, a familiar yet somehow alien world.

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jtpolk
May 23, 2016

This book correctly captures the tone of a 19th Century biography. There is a certain lack of introspection, and a much different acceptance of death that is hard for a 21st Century writer to capture. I was very satisfied with the future history. It had hints of Robert A. Heinlein’s future history, what with the destruction of civilization and an American rise of a fundamentalist church. It evokes some of Turtledove’s alternative histories but rather a possible history.

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RazorSteel
Apr 18, 2011

One of the best books I've read in a while. Wilson is a tremendously imaginative writer and fantastic storyteller. One of the best recommendations I was ever given.

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stefz
Nov 01, 2010

I read all books by this author but this one was the least pleasing. I was reading with an increasing frustration and couldn't accept that humanity would regress that much, although Julian himself believed we were the cause of their misfortune. I had the impression I was reading a novel from the 19th century, their lack of technology and resources were too depressing for me to believe it possible. I think humans will find ways to replace the main source of our welfare, oil, when it runs out but we have to start now.

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Russ_A
Mar 24, 2010

Better than The Road by Cormac McCarthy but that's faint praise. It is on its face post-apocalyptic alternative history, but really not science fiction as it is billed. It is more an imagining of 19th Century America if it had gone the way of a Christian version of Iran, with a Taliban-like religious force vying for power with a despotic civil government, all told through the eyes of a charmingly naive country lad who by chance served to chronicle momentous historical events of this throwback future.

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dida
Dec 24, 2009

Not much SF in this one -- more of a dystopian novel about a not-so-distant future where we've exhausted our oil supplies and been through a population crash accompanied by technology loss and a more powerful clergy.

RCW focuses what scientific discourse there is in the book on ideas surrounding evolution: apparently a theme in his works, as Spin and Axis also latched onto this as a major part of their science.

The types of characters and their relationships were noticeably analogous to those in Spin, and had the book had similar pacing.

All in all, a good read.

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dida
Dec 24, 2009

dida thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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