I'm not in the mood for this. I may come back to another time (particulalry if future books in series sound like get better).
I went wandering about the blogosphere and reviews. Found posts and comments from the author that persistently spoke of main character as the "Narrator," an inept one with the affectation of writing in 18th century style in a tale resolving nothing and going nowhere yet while raising all these huge philosophical ... reviewers who did not like speaking of same things that bother me.
To be honest, I didn't give it much of a chance (less than 20%). I was about ready to throw something the next time an apology was offered to the poor reader who probably wouldn't be understanding of the 18th century style ... *gag*
I'm just not in the mood right now. A dwindled TBR could mean I should never say never. As could future entries in this much praised, much awarded series sounding fantastic or as if story finally going somewhere or getting characters to care about.
It it is an interesting premise, a "what if" type of future -- which I usually enjoy. Started reminding me of the slow parts of student/campus Wicked and those horrid posthumous continuations of Asimov's Foundation books that weirdly had Voltaire as an AI mouthing off endlessly.
I actually like quite a bit of actual 18th century writing. This just wasn't done well. I wanted characters, not what even the author referred to as "Narrator" stiltedly relaying events that never resolved.