A Memory Called Empire

Arkady Martine
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A Memory Called Empire


I should have liked this book better than I did. It had many ingredients that I look for in a SF novel: great prose, terrific world building, and great character development. Unfortunately, it fell into several subgenres I don't always enjoy: space opera, court intrigue, and murder mystery. I have liked such books in the past, and I thought I'd like this one, but nothing about it gripped me. I spent about 450 pages not really caring what would happen next. It won the Hugo Award in 2020 and was nominated for several others. If I was voting, even having not read the other nominees, this book would not have been in my top three.

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