Yes, The book is a great story. It all rings very true.
The pivotal scene where the boy witnesses the murder he has alluded to from the beginning of the book.
I felt like the story was being told by the person who lived it.
Dell. Dell is anyone. He is an ordinary person in extraordinary circumstance. When he reacts, I think that I would react that way too.
This book is wonderful. It is a story that everyone should know. I was stunned by accomplishments of people thousands of years ago and how ignorance destroyed much of the knowledge our ancestors tried to bequeath to us.
This book is an interesting story but the author's attempt to cast his opinion as proof is wrong. The author dismisses a number of things that might explain his "out of body" experience. All of the things he dismisses are not proof either. They are just an attempt by people to explain why the "out of body" experience might have occurred. I doubt any of the people who have had such experiences accept these explanations. The thing is, the lack of an explanation does not make his explanation the only acceptable answer or the true answer.
I also do not see any science in the book. The author seems to think that if he says that it is science; then it is science. If his hypothesis is correct the next step would be to see what things that the idea would predict and what things we might do to test the hypothesis. He mentions at the end that he has started a non-profit organization and that site says that it supports a "rigorous scientific research concerning spiritually transformative experiences" but it doesn't say what that research is.
The author suggests:
Edward Kelly's "Irreducible Mind".
I would suggest:
"How the Mind Works" by Steven Pinker
"The Greatest Show On Earth" by Richard Dawkins
I find that Brown's writing often lacks depth in areas other than art and architecture; still the story was well worth the read.
I loved the science. "Nothing is unstable!"
There are no spoiler here. The ending is just more of the science.
It is always nice to hear the author tell their own strory
The authors constant need to talk about god moved me to dislike the book. I don't think that science is about whether god exists or not.
This book ranks in the top ten of audible books that I've read in the past couple of years
Yes, the plot is filled with surprising turns. The authors use of journal to tell the story, led to many unique turns in the plot. You. like the protagonist, are never sure what is true!
The book is read very well. Her emotions made the book all the much more intense.
"Who is that in the mirror?"
First, I found the science behind the book to be incredibly flawed. The loss, of mass caused by reducing humans in size, was never considered in any way. But it is science fiction and I guess I wouldn't mind too much but the story was lacking. I felt like I was reading the pilot for a television series. And the author introduces a character half way through the book who ends up walking off with the only computer disk that contains the "micro-making" technology. Everyone thinks that all was lost in a fire. Why do that unless your looking to franchise the "idea" of the book?
Last of all, the author seems to have a problem with scientists who using modeling to predict "global Warming". He spent much of the book "State of Fear" talking this problem. While I hat any kind of "fear mongering", I think that the author's take is more like keeping your fingers crossed and hoping there are some good scientists out there that will figure this all out.
The Andromeda Strain - excellent
The Terminal Man - excellent
Congo - good
Sphere - very good
Jurassic Park - excellent
Rising Son - good
Airframe - excellent (probably my favorite)
Timeline - very good (shared some of the flawed science of "Micro" but a much better story!
Prey - very good
State of Fear - fair (good story but way too much proselyting!)
Excellent voicing of characters. Good pace and easy to understand.
No, I don't think that I ever get over the lack of any scientific possibility of this occurring.
This is my first Carl Hiaasen book and I loved it! You have to suspend you disbelief, however, because it is filled with truly implausible coincidence. Once you get past that, the story and the characters are wonderful. The narration is also great and adds a lot to the general feel of the book. As others have noted; it is laugh out loud funny (makes for interesting reactions when people don't notice your ear buds!). In this story very nearly every guy gets his girl and justice is served with incredible irony.
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