This absorbing and sometimes thought provoking tale is only mildly flawed by predictability. Willingly suspending my judgment and simply enjoying the yarn proved worth every compelling minute. In the ethical struggle of the protagonist, I realized I was rooting for the traditional G*d, a posture in which I rarely find myself.
The good writing and excellent narration of this book portends a great deal more satisfaction than it delivers. Almost to a person the characters are duplicitous, self-serving and deeply flawed. The central character — a rather Justine-like innocent (for those familiar with the Marquis de Sade) — is so self-depreciating that one becomes inured to her travails. I kept looking for some resolution, some justice or some internal morality right up to the non-climax. The book had its moments, strung together in a promising narrative that never delivers. I am not tempted to continue the series of which this is the first book. A wasted credit.
This well-crafted exercise in pointless existential angst is absorbing in most of its parts but leaves this reader with nothing but a lingering odor as it disposes of three of its multitude of soulless characters in an enigmatic cosmic flush. Unless, of course, it is profound — which I doubt.
This imaginative extension of the consequences of genetic manipulation explores the evolution of moralities and prejudices in an all-too-believable future. There is a glimmer of optimism in the final pages which all but demands a sequel — which I hope will never be written. The book is complete as is. I particularly enjoyed the authors even handling of "shock-and-awe" events that allows them a proper place in the narrative while not allowing them to become the focus. I will pay more attention to GM creativity in the light of this gripping novel.
Through the reflective eyes of a plausible parasite one sees our species at its best and at its predictable, justifiable worst. The realistic portrayal of "ordinary" men and women in extremis imbues the incredible circumstance of their seemingly hopeless situations with credible resolutions. One is convinced that the existential "final solution" is the most humane and inevitable, but still longs for it to be otherwise. Meyer reminds us that the good may in fact be the enemy of the best.
The search for the point of the title provided motivation to continue reading, but while there were loads of "sins," none is highlighted as the "grievous" sin.The least interesting part of the book was the relentless ethnic/religious padding.
I'm sorry, no one stands out. I really didn't much like or identify with anyone
I found the characters stereotypicall and did not really believe the emotions attributed to them. Probably I identified most with Decker's impatience to get it over with.
The plot and presentation of this tale are so weird and so painfully true-to-real-life that I don't want to listen to it again, though I fear I'm fated to do so. Its an excellent book.
The audio narrator's Dudley Do-right voice for the Hero, the unsurpassed excellence and self-promotion of the dickless eunuch who tells the tale (reminding one of Ab, the caveman who discovers fire *and* invents the bow and arrow *and* chips flint *and*....) combined with the adolescent sexuality and simplistic plot devices (Horse-strangling gnu-born yellow-pus disease?) make this a nearly perfect candidate for a Graphic Novel. It was worth every penny I paid (on sale, five bucks). I listened to the end, but I also have watched "Plan Nine from Outer Space" several times.
Though it compares favorably with the "begats" in the first chapter of Matthew in the Bible, the similarity in this tedious chronicle of battles, marches, slaughters and sacrifices compares to it in human interest and character development. Not saved by more than a hint of military tactics or geographical detail, this work is a soporific. I regret using a book credit for it. The publishers "blurb" promised more than was delivered.
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