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The Gift of Fire

3.25 of 5 stars 3.25  ·  rating details  ·  71 ratings  ·  13 reviews

In ancient mythology, the Titan Prometheus was punished by the gods for bringing man the gift of fire—an event that set humankind on its course of knowledge. As punishment for making man as powerful as gods, Prometheus was bound to a rock; every day his immortal body was devoured by a giant eagle. But in The Gift of Fire, those chains cease to be, and the great champion of
ebook, 288 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Tor Books
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Geoff Wisner
I give Mosley credit for persistence, but he's just not as good in the speculative vein. Christian, Egyptian, and Greek myth are mixed in a blender with a bunch of B-movie conventions, not forgetting the hooker with the heart of gold.
S. Kay Murphy
This is a short novel bound in the same book with On the Head of a Pin. Both are part of a series by Mosley, Crosstown to Oblivion, which I think is just used to separate these offerings from his earlier detective pieces. I became a fan of Mosley's after reading The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, a brilliantly envisioned novel. While The Gift of Fire is short, it is, like Ptolemy Grey, profoundly meaningful. Unless you are versed in Greek mythology, you may not pick up all the allusions in the first ...more
Looking for a uninterestingly-plotted savior parable? You've come to the right place! Normally I'm all about mythical gods interacting with Earth, and people sticking it to the man, but this three-part novella goes wildly off the rails in Part Two and never gets back on track. I finished it because it was short and I had a frustrated review brewing; otherwise I might've given up. This book tries to do a bunch of things in very few pages and ends up doing none of them very well. If you want mythi ...more
Amy Bailey
This wasn't exactly what I'd expected. I thought this story could be expanded upon in much greater detail, with much less of the preachiness to it and more plot. I would have liked to seen it be more about Prometheus, but he is taken out of the story very quickly and replaced with what was once a bed-ridden kid who becomes a man practically overnight so he can have sex with some chick he met. I thought that was extremely unnecessary. The girl could have been taken out completely and it wouldn't ...more
Jul 04, 2012 David rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Mosley writes two short stories that share a theme: modern humans have lost touch with the spark of the Devine. In the first story, Prometheus comes to modern-day LA and gives a young boy the fire that will hopefully reignite the shared fires in people's souls. In the second story, a movie technology shows a world filled with remnant of everything that has ever lived. A real departure for Mosley who has written the Lew Griffin detective series.
This is one of six novellas - three stars is partly for the format. Each explores possibilities of humanity, each poses the question then ends. This one in particular seems a bit unfinished (maybe just me - maybe I need more imagination).

The store overall reminded me of a more artistic version of The Stand. Enlightenment helps many and enrages a few. I would have like to know where it went...
It's not that I don't like this book, but it didn't do it for me. It had some very interesting parts in "On the Head of a Pin" and I have to say I'm intrigued by the notion of The Sail however, The Gift of Fire was just not my thing. Walter Mosley just isn't a science fiction writer to me.
David Marshall
This is non-stop facile moralising and not even Walter Mosley's great writing style can save either or both these novellas from sinking into ghastliness.
Martha Grace
A little preachy for my tastes, but I think that was the intention. Well done. Jaketed with On the Head of a Pin
Jon Brandts
Well written, as are all of Mosley's books, but sci-fi not my favorite. I'll stick with his crime fiction, thank you.
I've finished the first story and can't wait to read the other one!
A weird short novella about Prometheus come back to Earth...
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Walter Mosley (b. 1952) is the author of the bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins, as well as numerous other works, from literary fiction and science fiction to a young adult novel and political monographs. His short fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and the Nation, among other publications. Mosley is the winner of numero ...more
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