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Fragment by Warren Fahy
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Mar 05, 11

bookshelves: horror
Read in February, 2011

Although the writing in Fragment is unremarkable and often dogged by b-horror cliches, I have to give Fahy credit for originality and actually demonstrating a pretty good understanding of some of the science on which the novel was based. Drawing from the conclusions of S.J. Gould's 'Wonderful Life', he creates a unique setting for his horror story where evolution has taken an unexpected course. His explanation for the origin of mantis shrimp is particularly amusing. (Strangely, though, Fahy ignores Gould's major point - that, if we rewound the tape of earth's history, something like us probably would not evolve again.) Not bad, but not especially good, Fragment is an average horror yarn that wins a few extra points for finding a new way to create a 'lost world' inhabited by monsters.
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Warren Fahy I'm not saying something "like us" would evolve. Something equivalent intellectualy, maybe, but not "like us." :)

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