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The Milkweed Triptych, by Ian Tregillis September 5, 2012

Posted by stuffilikenet in Books, Brilliant words.
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It’s 1939. The Nazis have supermen, the British have demons, and one perfectly ordinary man is caught in the middle.

Oh, it’s ever so much more complex than that, bucko.  The aforementioned supermen are the results of horrible torturous experiments on post-WW1 orphan children in the now-famous grotesque Nazi fashion.  These people are really messed up psychologically by the treatment (as one might imagine) and then by becoming supermen, and then by losing their supermen status, and then by…I may be getting a bit ahead of myself, here.  Suffice it to say that the British, upon learning that they were dealing with frankly impossible beings, turned to other impossible beings for help.

Later, of course, they wished they hadn’t. 

Tregillis here is a fine writer, showing the thinking processes of the most damaged, heroic, bitter, angry and insane persons; each in turn, and each with credibility.  And the pacing sucked me right into it.  As I have said before, I don’t really care for horror very much, but this audiobook dragged me right into it.  I found myself still listening after my commute, something I rarely do with audiobooks.  I feel a little silly sitting in the car in front of my house for an extra twenty minutes each day.

Anyway, this Triptych is three books, and I have only gotten through Bitter Seeds and The Coldest War so far.  The third, Necessary Evil, has yet to come out, but I shiver in antici…pation. Surely it will have repurposed Nazi technology, monsters from beyond space and time, plucky Englishmen and Englishwomen, righteous fury, and hopefully a happy ending; it looks pretty damn grim two-thirds of the way through.

On the other hand, I don’t think there will be any more barbecued pyromaniac necrophiliacs.  So there’s that.

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