City of Golden Shadow

Book - 1997
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Otherland... Surrounded by secrecy, it is home to the wildest dreams and darkest nighmares. Incredible amounts of money have been lavished on it. The best minds of two generations have labored to build it. And somehow, bit by bit, it is claiming the Earth's most valuable resource--its children.
Publisher: New York : DAW Books, Inc, 1997.
ISBN: 9780886777104
Characteristics: xiii, 770 pages
Alternative Title: City of golden shadow


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Jul 12, 2016

This book is very well written, you can imagine yourself in the environments that Renie and company find themselves in. Williams does a good job with character development as well, making you feel bad for characters such as Orlando with his "progeria." However, that makes this a very long read, so don't get this unless you want to spend longer-than-Lord-of-the-Rings time on this series.

Apr 06, 2016

When I was halfway through this title, I thought, wow this is turning out to be one of my favorite novels ever. The author uses vididly delightful detail. You find yourself thrown into imaginitive realms; trying to find out how you got there, just as the characters are doing the same. The characterization is execelent. I felt saddened when something bad happened to one of the characters. As if I knew them personally.

One of the characters tells a sort of folk tales throughout the story and these are deep moral stories within the main story itself. As if I were a child again and being read a beautiful bedtime tale of a distant era.

The plot is sort of like "The Matrix" meets "Sword Art Online". And I believe it suprisingly pre-dates both.

I was hoping the book would have more of a conclusion. It felt as though near the ending the author realized this was going to be longer than one book. So I felt like somewhere in the end the author's rythm was lost. Though, that doesn't mean anything was necessairly ruined. I am definitely planning to continue reading the series.

Janedith Dec 22, 2011

Intersecting characters and plots. I can't wait to read the second in the series and reread this one.

Cgullah Oct 07, 2011

Can be difficult to follow, but worth it to read thru all 4 books.
The computer theory about how to live in an internet world without a body is intriguing. The different worlds he creates are amazing. It does get a bit tedious in the number of worlds he describes, but each add to his theory. The ending isn't quite as powerful as I hoped, but it does tie up his theory well.

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