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The Evolution of Ethan Poe by Robin Reardon
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Apr 06, 12

Read from April 02 to 06, 2012

After reading Thinking Straight, I was looking forward to Reardon's The Evolution of Ethan Poe. Unfortunately, I was not impressed, and often annoyed while reading.

Reardon based this book on the debate in Dover, PA about Intelligent Design, and sensationalized it. From what I remember of the debate that occurred only a few counties away from my hometown, there was a good deal of verbal confrontation and editorials in the paper, but not physical violence. In her book, Reardon portrays supporters of ID as one-dimentional individuals who only know how to turn to violence in order to get their points across. Arriving on the heels of Thinking Straight, a book with well-developed characters and an over-the-top climax, I felt as though she took a few steps backwards. It is as though she had the ideas that she wanted to portray and an image of character types, not individual characters.

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