While it doesn't necessarily break new ground when it comes to recent discoveries about our genome, Ridley does a good job of exploring the implications of some of the most valued discoveries about our genome.
This is so chocked full of pop-culture references it's almost too much. But if you enjoyed 80s geek culture, homage is paid in full. The author tries to reach for something more profound in the end - along the lines of "love you for who you are not what you look like" - and falls mostly flat, but that doesn't detract from the lovely nostalgia tour.
Nothing profound, but a solidly enjoyable read. A few laugh out loud passages, and the characters are thoroughly likable.
I was never able to get fully engaged with the characters in the book. The author jumps between story lines so frequently that none of the main characters ever felt fully developed.
I'm not actually a big fan of 30 Rock, but Tina Fey's writing had me laughing all the way through. She drops in a few insightful observations about the entertainment business too. Well worth the listen.
The story did introduce a few interesting concepts - especially the notion of a behavioral control attack that is based on a biological vector that is triggered with specific sensory input.
But the character development left me feeling uninspired. I found it hard to convince myself to really care about them or their outcomes in the story.
The pacing was laborious at times, and GRRM allows himself to be bogged down in too much detail. There are a few compelling characters, but the space between those moments drags painfully. In addition, there are so many secondary plots/characters that they become more a distraction to the overall story arc, in my opinion.
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