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Lovelock: The Mayflower Trilogy, Book 1 | [Orson Scott Card, Kathryn H. Kidd]

Lovelock: The Mayflower Trilogy, Book 1

On the Ark, a colonyship bound outward across the stars, not everyone is a volunteer - or even human. Lovelock is a capuchin monkey engineered from conception to be the perfect servant: intelligent, agile, and devoted to his owner. He is a "witness", privileged to spend his days and nights recording the life of one of Earth’s most brilliant scientists via digital devices implanted behind his eyes. But Lovelock is something special among witnesses. He’s a little smarter than most humans: smart enough to break through some of his conditioning, smart enough to feel the bonds of slavery - and want freedom.
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Publisher's Summary

Orson Scott Card, best-selling author of Ender’s Game, teams up with Kathryn H. Kidd to launch an epic science fiction saga of space exploration - and a dramatic conflict between human and nonhuman intelligence.

On the Ark, a colonyship bound outward across the stars, not everyone is a volunteer - or even human. Lovelock is a capuchin monkey engineered from conception to be the perfect servant: intelligent, agile, and devoted to his owner. He is a "witness", privileged to spend his days and nights recording the life of one of Earth’s most brilliant scientists via digital devices implanted behind his eyes.

But Lovelock is something special among witnesses. He’s a little smarter than most humans: smart enough to break through some of his conditioning, smart enough to feel the bonds of slavery - and want freedom.

Set against the awesome scope of interstellar space, and like Speaker for the Dead and Xenocidebefore it, Lovelock probes the provocative interface between humanity and another sentient species.

©2013 Orson Scott Card and Kathryn H. Kidd (P)2013 Blackstone Audio

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    Michael B. Coleman Strawberry Plains, Tennessee USA 08-16-13
    Michael B. Coleman Strawberry Plains, Tennessee USA 08-16-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Angst, angst and more angst"
    Has Lovelock turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Lovelock's computer skills


    What character would you cut from Lovelock?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    This novel is not science fiction. It is a soap opera containing some of the worst characterization, moral pandering and emotional manipulation I have read - all set in a barebones science fiction theme.

    The setting is an "ark" preparing to disembark to colonize a nearby planet. Sad to say, the ship has still not departed by the end of the book and the entire story is about interpersonal reactions between the Members of the Ark. The "crew" consists of characters that would never be allowed within one thousand miles of such an enterprise because they are the most diverse collection of neurotic, anti-social, and dysfunctional characters known to Mankind. Rather than a lone maladjusted person inside a generally "normal" society, this crew can't field a single well adjusted human being in the entire cast.

    Don't believe me? We have a super intelligent "enhanced" Capuchin monkey who interacts with: an emotionally unavailable scientist protagonist with little or no maternal instincts towards her two children; her "therapist" husband who discovers he has homosexual tendencies mid way through the book; a pedophile; a sadistic and extremely manipulative mother-in-law married to a Walter Mitty look alike; marital affairs galore and a bevy of manipulative beehive hairdo gossip mongers that include the leader of the "village." Mind you, other than the scientist, not one of these individuals seems to have any valid expertise other than socially related skills such as rudimentary psychology, child care, political, funeral services, etc. - with the possible exception of two quasi computer trained sysop cops that enjoy a paragraph or two before being abandoned.

    The story line is mostly a mash of anthropomorphic anti-slavery themes coupled with interpersonal backbiting and squabbling that is an unending cacophony of angst, subjective vitriol and anti-authoritarianism. Several areas of the book start themes that go nowhere-for example, the protagonist makes love with her husband in order to save her marriage by having another child and....what? Don't know because the story never says she gets pregnant or is unsuccessful. In the meantime, her marriage collapses when her husband finds love with another man and the book ends.

    The only science fiction element- aside from its story housing - is the concept that you could actually pack enough intelligence and computational power in a Capuchin monkey that it could act as a highly sapient philosopher and computer scientist - particularly when you consider it has a brain pan barely large enough to hold a whiffle ball.

    'Nough said.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. San Antonio, TX, United States 08-08-13
    J. San Antonio, TX, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Embarased for Orson Scott Card"

    I don't know why Orson Scott Card has his name on this book. I personally would not want to be associated with it. If you like story's that are about horny monkeys that masturbate, fantasize about having sex with humans, incest, and other sexual things center around monkeys then this book is for you! Thanks Audible for letting me get my money back. Worst Card book ever....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Voigt 10-13-13
    Lisa Voigt 10-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "You can skip"
    What did you like best about Lovelock? What did you like least?

    This story was just getting started when it had ended. Too bad.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Orson Scott Card and Kathryn H. Kidd again?

    I love most of his books


    Was Lovelock worth the listening time?

    no


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William West Union, IA, United States 01-21-14
    William West Union, IA, United States 01-21-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Soap Opra lovers only!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This had little story to it not sure why OSC would have his name on it but it did get me to buy it. It is a prime example why I stay away from most female authors.


    Has Lovelock turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No just female authors.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Emily Rankin’s performances?

    Yes. Her performance was the only thing that got me to listen to the end.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The space ship was nice.


    Any additional comments?

    It had soap opera drama. Not very deep.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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