Top positive review
What an elevating novel!
Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2018
Let me state from the get go that I have not read any of Erikson's fantasies. My only knowledge of this author comes from his novella, The Devil Delivered. I have read TDD more times than I care to admit. My copy is full of underlining and annotation because Erikson not only makes me think, he makes me think about humanity, my own blinkered, blind, lizard brained humanity. In this novel, Erikson dons the same didactic authorial voice but not in a turgid, snarky or even abstract way. It's story telling at its finest. Just like Plato used myth to illustrate his way of being, so does Erikson in his own way. He's judging humanity and find it wanting. The judge? An alien AI that to my mind represents the way forward in terms of human moral evolution. That alien POV character is a magic mirror, it's what we could be collectively, it's how we should be individually, the latter a prolepsis for the former.
I am loving this book. Just like TDD, when I lay it down I find myself wishing to be a better, more elevated, more wise, more humane version of myself than I was before I picked it up. Thank you, Mr. Erikson, really from the bottom of my heart. So many of my days are dark and confusing and then comes this wonderful book to shine a little light where i need it the most... To restore my waning faith in myself and my species evolution. Sadly, this book will probably be overlooked and forgotten nearly as soon as it was published. While Erikson said someplace that we really don't need to study monstrously difficult tomes of ethics (which I do as a living) we only need to bear in mind the phrase, "children are dying." This novel works for me in the same way, a powerful image that can be ignored or absorbed.