For most of the book I thought it should get two stars, but I really liked the role of the South American indigenous people toward the end. The chapteFor most of the book I thought it should get two stars, but I really liked the role of the South American indigenous people toward the end. The chapter title WWSHD? gave me a chuckle....more
Since I thought that Thoreau was pretty interesting, it disappointed me that he wasn't a protagonist. It feels like false advertising when it's calledSince I thought that Thoreau was pretty interesting, it disappointed me that he wasn't a protagonist. It feels like false advertising when it's called a Henry David Thoreau mystery....more
The Eagle Tree by Ned Hayes is a book that I nominated on Kindle Scout like Melophobia and The Lost Tribe. In this case, the author's name was familiaThe Eagle Tree by Ned Hayes is a book that I nominated on Kindle Scout like Melophobia and The Lost Tribe. In this case, the author's name was familiar to me. I had reviewed his rather unusual historical mystery, Sinful Folk, on Book Babe.
It seems to me that there was a long delay between the selection of The Eagle Tree for publication by Kindle Press in October 2015 and its recent publication this May. I confess that I forgot that I had nominated it and was entitled to a free copy according to Kindle Scout's rules. So when I first encountered it on Goodreads, I became as enthusiastic as I had been when I nominated it. I then proceeded to purchase it right away on Amazon.
So why did I jump at the chance to acquire The Eagle Tree? It combines two elements that are of tremendous interest to me. The protagonist, Peter March Wong, is an autistic teen. This novel's protagonist is also deeply concerned with climate change and other environmental issues, as am I. I consider The Eagle Tree the most original piece of contemporary fiction that I've ever read about an autist, and it also excels as eco-fiction. It will definitely be among my favorite 2016 reads.
I tend to read sequels when I absolutely loved the first book. The mission of a sequel, should it choose to accept it, is to develop the concept furthI tend to read sequels when I absolutely loved the first book. The mission of a sequel, should it choose to accept it, is to develop the concept further. The publisher offered me the opportunity to review an ARC of this sequel to Ink and Bone which I received from them for free via Net Galley. As you will see, my review is an honest one.
I feel that the most central theme of this second novel in the series is that the suppression of books also suppresses progress. Sometimes a technological advance can be re-invented in every generation, but if everything that's written about it has been suppressed, then no one will ever know. At one point, a character comments about the Black Archives where all the banned books were stored, "this is the graveyard in which they buried our future". Advances that can bring the most change are the most likely to be suppressed because they threaten those who are in power. In Paper and Fire we are also shown that there can be technologies that are in limited use and only available to the elite while the rest of the world believes that they're useless. This is an important theme that has current relevance. Technologies that are more environmentally sustainable have been ridiculed or suppressed for some time in the U.S. by those who advocate for the industries using non-renewable sources of energy.
The plotline in Paper and Fire was very dramatic and intense, but it ended with a cliffhanger which I really don't appreciate. Cliffhangers are emotionally manipulative and unnecessary. I am quite certain that readers would want to read the third book in this series without a cliffhanger. This has caused me to give this book four stars on Goodreads rather than five.