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The Futurist by James P. Othmer
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Dec 18, 2008

did not like it
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What a depressing read this was. I was intrigued by the blurbs on the cover and was hoping for an interesting story about a complex character. I was wrong.

This book felt like a bizarre hybrid of "Jerry Maguire" and those Dos Equis "Most Interesting Man in the World" commercials with the wanna be Castro guy. It's like Jerry Maguire in that the story centers on a supposed "superstar" in a prestigious field who has a crisis of conscience and renounces what made him rich. Of course, this only serves to make him more popular, yet more human at the same time.

It's like the Dos Equis commercials in that this story is almost all surface and no depth. Other than the clichéd first novel tropes of father issues and 'lost a good woman' blues, there really isn't anything interesting about the main character. Since the story is told in the first person, that's a problem.

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