The Universe Maker, however, is such an odd tale it’s impossible to properly give it credit in a short review.
Morton Cargill, a heroic soldier from the 20th century, is accused of drunk driving and killing a woman. He doesn’t remember it, but all the evidence suggests it was his fault. As a result, he flees the scene and tries to escape.
The story involves a fight on the future earth 400 years later. It’s between floating airships of middle Americans and a city of Shadows, humanoid shaped creatures of mysterious origins and powers.
Two notes on Cargill’s character:
- Cargill never feels like a sympathetic character. Maybe it’s my modern reading, but a drunk driver is not a good person in any context. As such, he’s immediately disliked.
- Cargill does things for the end result, seducing two girls in an effort to take control from them. He’s again unsympathetic due to this, but he does feel unique and real.
He’s well-written, and as such holds a whole story on his own.
Downsides of this book are that, yes, it feels a little dated, and it also feels a little repetitive.
However, if you can hold on until the end, that ending is superb.
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