You know, there was a time when I might have been inspired by the notions here. But it just strikes me as the kind of unchecked idealism that gets gooYou know, there was a time when I might have been inspired by the notions here. But it just strikes me as the kind of unchecked idealism that gets good people killed and winds up costing people their faith. It also wholly fails to address the real reason why good people kill. It's not to advance a nation, but to protect the vulnerable. It makes the unsupported (and unsupportable) claim that if you just "put on the full armor of god" you'll be safe enough, and you'll be in a position to twist God's arm into working a "miracle" for you. This just isn't true.
Example: the pacifist young women who had to flee the drug cartels in Mexico.
I have a variety of examples from personal and friends' lives, but I'll leave them off here....more
So... I finished it. That took the longest of any book this year. I'm giving it an extra star because I do like the idea of the Bangkok black-market "So... I finished it. That took the longest of any book this year. I'm giving it an extra star because I do like the idea of the Bangkok black-market "upgrade for humans" bazaar. And I think I get why people like it. It's an idea-driven novel about the impending
Also, it's a great pick to celebrate legalization in my state. Because I have a strong feeling that much weed was consumed in the writing of this novel.
The "government is a big bad big brother" motif is-- kind of stupid and poorly executed. I have not seen anyone treating cochlear implants as if they were a controlled substance that required extensive government regulation.
The action scenes all felt like they wanted to be in a movie, not in a book, and the flater than flat characters did-- well, exactly what I thought they would do in the first couple of chapters. Negative points for Our Hero Manfully Staving Off Advances of a woman who's, like, fifty times cooler than he is.
I'm... not even sure I can finish this. The prose and dialog are clunky, the tension is less-than-tense, and there's a minor but pervasive thingy that sticks out like a sore thumb.
This book is written by a racist.
There just isn't any other way to look at it. And I'm speaking as someone who doesn't give a fig about culturally-appropriate racialism such as is found in "Alas, Babylon" or "Uncle Tom's Cabin." (Dude, there really ARE walking sterotypes out there. Sometimes sterotypes are there for a reason.)
I am bothered by the fact that every time the "black" bouncer at the party does something brutish, his brutishness is underscored by a re-mention of the fact that he is black. And just now, Our Intrepid Scientist Hero stared at a picture for five minutes before he notices the ranks of Chinese soldiers are clones. Why? Because "Asian faces all look alike." Are you Effing Kidding Me? You can't tell the difference between a CLONE and a Chinese face?
Note: I do not believe my feelings for this book are helped at all by the reading on audiobook. But I don't think I'd like it much better if I were reading it in print....more
Hmm. What seemed in the first book as "problems that could happen to anyone" comes off more as "problems exclusive to loose girls." I just found her aHmm. What seemed in the first book as "problems that could happen to anyone" comes off more as "problems exclusive to loose girls." I just found her a lot less sympathetic this time around. And nothing seemed to really "happen." Overtures of friendship-mending and boyfriend-getting that ultimately go nowhere. Also, not funny.
But I do like the way the slice-of-life is portrayed and the natural confusion regarding love, etc....more