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The Healer

3.35  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Payne is a member of a minority offshoot of humanity called Grotesques, or Tesques, who are distinguished by a cranial deformity and an extra orifice in their chest. A small percentage of Tesques have the ability to effect phenomenal healings, which makes them a valuable commodity in their world. Sadly, such gifted healers live a life somewhere between that of a possession ...more
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Pyr
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David Agranoff
I have certain friends and colleagues whose opinions are a lock for me. This author was suggested to me by one such lock. Although this novel was not specifically recommended me to me I got it because it was the one the library had. Once I saw the blurbs on the cover from Kim Stanley Robinson and Ursula K. Leguin I brought it home and started right away.

At first I was annoyed by the inclusion of MD after the author’s name but in this case Blumlein being a doctor is a valid thing to point out. On
Jen MP
Jan 16, 2014 Jen MP rated it really liked it
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I almost gave this book five stars - almost.
This is probably one of the most unique books I've read in a while. The author clearly had a lot of creativity while writing, and he incorporated his medical knowledge quite frequently into the book. This was a feature I liked. It gave realness to a book that otherwise might have been too unreal for some to swallow.
I have to admit, it was a strange book, but I really enjoyed it. I felt as if Payne was easy to relate to. You could see his character deve
Aug 16, 2009 Bruce rated it it was ok
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According to goodreads, 2 stars means "it was OK." Sorry, but in the Bruce rating system 2 stars means, I read the whole thing, and it was lame. One cannot get any worse except one star, which means I did not finish it. I'm not sure what sort of value a 5 star system has when 4 out of 5 of the stars are positive, but anyway...

I've become aware lately while reading that there is a certain point in a book where "things start to happen." My level of interest suddenly increases, enough background is
Jun 05, 2013 Jennifer rated it liked it
a good book undone by its ending. after a book filled with insight into every healing, the last healing, which is so crucial, is hidden from us. then the character takes a completely uncharacteristic turn and the last few pages covers way too much unexplained landscape.
Jeff Gillenkirk
Oct 05, 2011 Jeff Gillenkirk rated it really liked it
A moving book by a great writer. Blumlein takes you into another world -- or a better version of this one -- by virue of his writing alone.
Daniel Burton-Rose
Profound in it's own way, but I missed the harsh edge of The Brains of Rats. A novel by an author at peace with himself and his place in the world.
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I got about halfway through and gave up - I like sci-fi, but this just didn't interest me.
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