Scott Sigler's writing style reminds me of a cross between Stephen King's and Michael Crichton's. Sigler has a grasp on modern science and technology,Scott Sigler's writing style reminds me of a cross between Stephen King's and Michael Crichton's. Sigler has a grasp on modern science and technology, and uses it to invest the reader emotionally in the well-being of his stories' characters, creating gripping tales that leave you wanting to read "just one more page" all the way until the end of the book.
Ancestor, one of Sigler's earlier works, definitely feels a little less polished than some of his later books (e.g. Infected). For a book whose main premise is supposed to be about primordial, ravenous monsters, the "ancestors" don't show up until about 2/3 of the way through the story. However, Sigler spends this time weaving a web of plot, characters, and settings that play out beautifully once the savage killing-spree begins.
Overall, this is a really engaging story with just enough science to make things seem plausible without going overboard and making most non-biochemistry students' eyes glaze over. It showcases the potential perils of genetic engineering WITHOUT preaching them, and ties it into a plot with decent characterization, engaging the reader and keeping him/her on edge right up until the last page.
Note: This review refers to the eBook version released by Scott Sigler and Dragon Moon Press in March 2007....more
I really enjoyed this novel. This is one of those rare few young-adult novels that adults will be able to read, appreciate, and enjoy as much as its "I really enjoyed this novel. This is one of those rare few young-adult novels that adults will be able to read, appreciate, and enjoy as much as its "intended audience". Like Heinlein's "juveniles", just because The House of the Scorpion's main character is a juvenile doesn't mean the writing, plot, and characterization have to be second-rate.
This book paints a very interesting picture of a quasi-future where Mexico and the US have made "The Devil's Pact"; they have turned over a tract of land between the two nations to a group of drug-lords known as the "Farmers" who grow and harvest poppies for opium in return for curbing all illegal immigration between the two surrounding countries. In the 100 years of their existence, the Farmers have created a civilization of their own, rich and isolated and abusive of its workers, most of whom have computer chips implanted in their brains that turn them into "eejits", or zombie-like workers who won't even take a drink of water without being told to do so.
The main character is a young boy who is a clone, but a very special one: he is the clone and heir-apparent of El Patron, the despotic dictator of the country of Opium. And as he grows and begins to learn about what makes him different from all the servants and other clones in this repressed land, the household cook Celia (his adoptive mother) and El Patron's most trusted and faithful bodyguard, Tam Lin, help him discover some shocking truths about himself and the world into which he has been delivered....more
Basically, some of the top writers in the biz got their chance to write fan-fic in Philip Jose Farmer's universe of Riverworld. Interesting to see othBasically, some of the top writers in the biz got their chance to write fan-fic in Philip Jose Farmer's universe of Riverworld. Interesting to see other takes on the subject matter, and the folks they "brought back" varied for the most part from those Farmer chose to use. Some of the stories bogged down but overall a pretty enjoyable continuation of the Riverworld universe....more
Interesting premise to start, but got really bogged down as soon as it got about 1/3 of the way into the book. Couldn't get interested in the characteInteresting premise to start, but got really bogged down as soon as it got about 1/3 of the way into the book. Couldn't get interested in the characters or their "mission". Interactions between characters seemed wooden to me. I understand what Baker was trying to do and even caught glimpses of really good stuff in the primary romance/interaction between the main character and her clueless beau, but it just didn't strike any sparks for me....more
Another interesting and fun YA tale from William Sleator. 11-year-old Peter is killed by a car when he runs out into the street without looking. AfterAnother interesting and fun YA tale from William Sleator. 11-year-old Peter is killed by a car when he runs out into the street without looking. After he dies, he learns he has a chance to go back in time and try to change the events that led up to his death. Through trial and error, he begins to learn that just trying to change the people and circumstances around him will not forestall death if he does not also change himself.
Told from the viewpoint of a smart-but-naive pre-teen, this book really speaks with Peter's voice. Although sometimes the characters' behaviors seemed a little unbelievable, overall I was caught up in the story. Good exploration of the implications of ones' own behaviors and how they affect not only how others see you, but how you see the world. I think I would have really enjoyed this back when I was around 10-13 years old.