BONUS AUDIO: Author Robert J. Sawyer explains how the creationism vs. evolution debate informed the writing of Calculating God.
©2000 by Robert J. Sawyer; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
"Is Sawyer Canada's answer to Michael Crichton? Very possibly yes." (Montreal Gazette)
"Jonathan Davis...is one of our very best narrators and this is a fine performance. I was rapt the entire time, and even near tears at one moment in the book." (sffaudio.com; named an SFFaudio Essential)
"Jonathan Davis portrays a thoughtful and quietly introspective Jericho....As the conversation with Hollus continues, Davis keeps a steady pace and reflects the intellectual engagement of both characters. He presents the alien's speech as lightly studied, a fitting style for a non-English speaker who coordinates his speech between two mouths." (AudioFile)
This was an incredibly depressing book. It had a somewhat fractured plot, with no resolution. No plot twists just jumps. The main characters were fully developed and intriguing. The premise was good. But the story was jumbled and the conclusion was totally dissatisfying. So much more could've been done with this story. Mostly it left me depressed and unfulfilled.
Surprisingly very good and thought provoking. Interesting premise followed up with theology and scientific theory. Loved the main characters and the challenges for each to overcome past beliefs and face the future with open minds and hearts. Very touching and heartwarming science - who knew?
Say something about yourself!
Definitely not what you would expect from the title. Good read for sure. Different perspective gives light.
I'll admit I had picked up this book without realizing it was a novel at all. It was definitely not what I was expecting, but the performance was very engaging so I gave it a chance and listened to it on a long road trip. I'm very glad I did.
This is a fun story with enjoyable characters, an easy and pleasurable listen, and an excellent performance by Jonathan Davis. I wish all my accidental discoveries were this pleasant.
I was looking forward to a good discussion about science vs god. but the alien character starts presenting mythical information (at least at this point to humanity.... ie. the grand unified theory of everything) to support his argument that god exists, thereby rendering the argument itself mythical and unreal. Didn't even bother to finish it.
Good book for a science nerd like myself. I enjoyed the story, aliens arrive in Canada to study earth evolution. I recommend to atheists, believers of any faith (and interested in science) and agnostics. Also of course because it's a good and unusual sci-fi book.
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