The Relentless Moon—is a return to Golden Age science fiction, with its heavy reliance on technical details and hard science, except that Golden Age science fiction, for the most part, lacked any attempt at believable characters.
The characters of The Down Days seem to go through their lives with one eye closed: they live in a city where events not even an hour later are guaranteed, and the novel relishes exploring what this might do to their psyche.
Unlike most frame narratives, we do not return to the academic once the manuscript’s tale is told. By leaving the bracket open, Nimr presents the spirit of Palestinian folktales as though it were an heirloom to be passed on, endlessly and freely.
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