An interesting book. It started out as hard to read, but the more I thought about the content of the pages within, the more I started to realize the d...moreAn interesting book. It started out as hard to read, but the more I thought about the content of the pages within, the more I started to realize the deep philosophical implications. The book gave me a lot of food for thought. The struggle to find god and Eden in an ever increasing world that seems to need his services less and less. Miller did a great job putting his thoughts out there in this sci-fi novel.
It almost seemed ironic that as the followers of Leibowitz tried to preserve knowledge and understanding it brought them face to face with their own crisis ...
"What bothers you? The Thon seemed mildly embarrassed. Only an uncertainty about my audience. I would not wish to offend anyone's religious beliefs. But how could you? Isn't it a matter of natural philosophy? Of physical science? Of course. But many people's ideas about the world have become colored with religious -- well, what I mean is ---"
"Monsignor Apollo is a good man, a good priest, but all men are apt to be incredible asses at times, especially outside their domains. I'm sorry I asked the question."
The final pages make a case for religion and faith, but leave us thinking, at the end with the thoughts of a dying priest,
"Nothing else ever came -- nothing that he saw, or felt, or heard."(less)
**spoiler alert** This book came highly recommended to me and I was excited to start tearing through its pages. As I started reading the book I couldn...more**spoiler alert** This book came highly recommended to me and I was excited to start tearing through its pages. As I started reading the book I couldn't help but to want to tear up its pages.
The only thing that had any redeeming value in this book was that it was a good idea and that ** SPOILER Orson Scott had the balls to kill off a main character about 2/3 of the way into the book.
The main focus of the book is will America become like the Roman Empire. At what stage are we compared to the Roman Empire? The fall or the start? We first accept a democratic process then later becoming so divided that only one such as Augustus will rise to unite his country (being so well liked by the Senate, people, and military) under a dictatorship to unite his powerful country and give it its proper place as the heart of the new and expanding Empire.
The characters were very shallow and poorly developed. I could not relat or connect to any of them. The story lacked in the entertainment factor. I really didn't get much from the suspense or the intrigue. I found myself several times wondering how many pages I had left to read.
Worst of all, I felt that Orson Scott Card was preaching his political and philosophical views at me the whole time. I have read some of the authors religious and political stances on things from orneryamerican.com and other sites. He is a self proclaimed Democrat but is so far from it, I am sure he uses that party title for another purpose. He kept hammering his views on politics in this book so much I think he lost site of the "fun-factor". His writings are starting to sound more and more arrogant and less and less fun.
Many years ago I read Ender's Game and I became a huge fan of Card. Any book that had his name on it I would read it. I am beginning to think that Card is more and more a one hit wonder. When he sticks to the Ender stuff he does well, but his other writings fall very short on my list of great books to spend my time on. (less)