Ilium, Dan Simmons.

A note on Aegypt: I very nearly gave up on this at around 130 pages. It had become annoyingly self-aware and meta (reasons I gave up on David Zindell's Ea cycle). Also, it seemed to compare unfavourably with Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum and  Robert Holdstock's Mythago Wood, both of which covered similar subject matters in a more entertaining manner. But then something clicked and I realised just how ambitious this book -as the first of four- really was, and how well -if somewhat repetitiously- written it was. So I completed it, and I'm very glad I did. I will be continuing with the series.

My dog barks... some.

Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/csbarlow