Wednesday, January 16, 2019

"House of Shattered Wings" by Aliette de Bodard

I didn't quite connect with this novel, and I'm kind of scratching my head as to why not. On a sentence-level, I like the writing, the premise is grabbing enough (fallen angels in interwar Paris), and I've generally quite liked De Bodard's SF.

The novel doesn't quite do enough world-building for me: I'm not clear on how "alternate" this Paris/Earth is, and I'm not familiar enough with the time & place to fill in the details. The plot had kind of random-feeling jags and loose ends, and none of the primary characters had much relationship.

Also, did astonishingly little with the theological or mythological--given that both seemingly-modern Christianity and actual walking talking angels coexist (including Lucifer), that seems an odd oversight at best.

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