Didn't get any replies to this question on Twitter so will try a different echoing void. Will I like Lavie Tidhar's 'The Violent Century'? Or, indeed, the new one if anyone has read e.g. a review copy? I liked Osama a great deal, didn't particularly like the steampunk. It was well written, he is a good prose stylist, but it was a bit too much 'lists of other people's characters and/or famous people in different contexts' which as you know leaves me cold.