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When is someone going to translate this to English? I want to read it so bad! David Krofcheck The english translation rights were just obtained in March Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. Sort order. Feb 09, Mir marked it as to-read. I read the first chapter thanks, Maciek! Jan 21, Entropia rated it it was amazing Shelves: polish , aty I stumbled upon Jacek Dukaj here on goodreads and after reading descriptions of his books I binge-added them to my TBR list.
At first I was in love the novel but around half of it my enthusiasm cooled down pun intended. But let me elaborate on what I liked and what I disliked.
Atmosphere - it's where the book shines for me, weirdly it made me feel like magical realism books do, despite the Oh. Stylization - There a lot of loanwords and even complete sentences in different languages. And the main character narration is written in impersonal tense forms, which is interesting experiment and it has its reason in Benedykt's philosophy , but to some it might feel quite jarring and make reading the novel a chore.
I got used to it quite fast. Philosophy - this is where I have mixed feelings, the novel is filled with philosophy and somehow most characters like philosophize with various degree of ability, whereas there are plenty of interesting philosophical concepts in the book, it gets too repetitive and I feel some parts could be cut.
Physics - imho, physics only worked well in the novel when it was extension of philosophical considerations and many concepts didn't make much sense. Plot - pacing kinda irked me, there were many instances when suddenly a lot of things were happening at once in contrast to previous sequences when nothing of note was really happening, which would be fine if sometimes monologues wouldn't overstaying their welcome. Characters - oh, I liked a lot of them and their relationship dynamics were quite diverse and interesting to follow.
Apr 20, verrornic rated it did not like it Shelves: need-another-life-to-finish-it. Bad written Haiku review: There is a reason I don't read polish literature. The reason is simple. I prefer to read my printer's manual than that. But fear not, my future self. But no, I'm done. View all 3 comments.
Feb 04, Notme rated it did not like it. OK, so I thought long and hard about this one. I also fought long and hard to finish it, which I finally did, since I am very stubborn when it comes to finishing books. On one hand I can see it's a great feat in authors erudition, on the other hand it was a pure torture for me to read. On one hand I can see somebody seeing it as a great book, on the other hand that someone is NOT me. I am not a fan of page-long sentences, and neither I am a fan of artificially antiquated language.
While I can se OK, so I thought long and hard about this one. While I can see these have a crucial importance to this book, I am still not a fan. I am not a fan of nothing much happening in a work of fiction. The world was crafted exquisitely, but nothing was happening in it. Theoretical musings on the nature of the truth that go on for hundreds of pages have their place. But their place is not in the work of fiction. Not if you ask me, and since this is my review, it's me who is asked.
Theoretical musings on politics, ethics and so on that go on for hundreds of pages - see above. You want to theorize - write a popular science book. Don't try to get readers pretending it's fiction.
What gets me is the fact that all the critics were head-over-hells about it. I guess nobody wanted to say this book does not really belong in the fiction category, despite the background crafted so finely it pained me to disregard it.
If nobody wanted to play stupid so far, here I am - and I will. It's not so much that I could not understand it, as it is that I was expecting different approach. Show me - not tell me - is the golden rule of fiction, and that is what I expect. And if the author chooses to tell me rather than show me - well, that's "Lod" for you, and that does not sit well with me, when I am expecting a work of fiction, not a dissertation.
I owned this for ages and was holding on to save it for a dark hour when I need something excellent to make me forget the reality. My disappointment cannot be overstated. As a matter of fact, anything on logic or Roman law would do.
And that's it, folks. Jan 13, Sebastian Gebski rated it liked it. In some aspects it's epic - idea itself, credible background both physical and social , interesting lingo. But it fails at the most important dimension - story. It's weak, its pace is slow and it doesn't suck you in.
It could have been the best of Dukaj's accomplishments, but sadly it isn't. Well, maybe next time. One of the greatest books I've ever read. However, it could be a little bit shorter. But then, it would lose its philosophic character. Feb 16, Jani rated it did not like it. Too hard for me to be honest Nov 27, Maciek rated it it was amazing. This book is awesome! Mar 30, Mayim de Vries rated it it was ok. I'm giving 2 stars only because it helped me to survive a hot summer.
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Jacek Dukaj born 30 July is a Polish science fiction and fantasy writer. Zajdel Award. Dukaj studied philosophy at the Jagiellonian University. Winner of the Janusz A.
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The novel mixes alternate history with science fiction elements, in particular, with alternative physics and logic. English language rights to Ice have been acquired by London-based publisher Head of Zeus in The publication date will be announced once the novel is translated. The story of the book takes place in an alternate universe where the First World War never occurred and Poland is still under Russian rule. Following the Tunguska event , the Ice, a mysterious form of matter, has covered parts of Siberia in Russia and started expanding outwards, reaching Warsaw. The appearance of Ice results in extreme decrease of temperature, putting the whole continent under constant winter, and is accompanied by Lute , angels of Frost, a strange form of being which seems to be a native inhabitant of Ice. Under the influence of the Ice, iron turns into zimnazo cold iron , a material with extraordinary physical properties, which results in the creation of a new branch of industry, zimnazo mining and processing, giving birth to large fortunes and new industrial empires.