After reading this review page, I was convinced I'd found the book that would be my next keeper. 5 days later, unfortunately, this was turned in to the used bookstore. I hate getting rid of books, and I had a difficult time deciding on this one, but it had to go.
Actually, the feature that would be most expected to turn someone away from this book, the dialect, was not the culprit. I found that fascinating, and trying to translate the words, locations, events, and legends into their proper contexts was very entertaining.
My problem was with the plot. It's extremely uneven. The first third of the book is very slow, maybe unnecessarily so, supplying a large amount of info on this future society's history, culture, etc. Then all of a sudden, things are moving at ten times that speed, characters and events fall in with too much convenience and not enough information, and the story loses its flow. Quite a disappointment, considering all the good things I've heard about it. Choose carefully.