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Shaman - KS Robinson


 Story of a trainee Shaman and his various trial and tribulations  approximately 32,000 years ago in Southern France.  I'm not going to give away too much of the plot because there's not really that much there and this only runs to about 450 pages.   If you've read the Mars trilogy ( all 4 books...) you might be slightly disappointed by this- it's not up to the quality of those books  and feels very slight in comparison. There were also sections that dragged after a pretty strong start and I felt like I might be in for a bit of a slog  but the last 1/2  is reasonably decent  and  was entertaining enough   , also ties in with  real life locations etc. I read Aurora last year  also by KSR and it wasn't fantastic but readable  up until the final chapter which( for me) was utterly exhilarating whereas this is  somewhat the opposite - the ending feels  like a fairly low key affair and not as  satisfying  as what went before.


Worth a read if you're interested in some early man shenanigans  but not a classic by any means.







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