After reflection, I think I see where the critics are coming from.
This book jumps right in with some all-out action, an ...more
Frameshift fails on so many levels. It's too complicated: we have three characters who look like Ivan the Terrible, of Treblinka death camp fame; we have a telepathic leading lady (and really, it isn't even necessary to the plot); a Nobel winning geneticist who can successfully clone humans in one try!; Police who are far too ready and willing to share information with members of the public; and ...more
The book seems to be the result of an unlikely pairing - a group of scientists and a gang of 8 year old boys had got to together to write the most AY-MAY-ZING(OMGLOLZ!!!1!) story in all the wide world.
Their check-list must have looked a little like this..
In the bestist story in the world we will need:-
The Human Genome Project!
Nobel Prize Winners!
So. This book was a nominee for Hugo best novel in 1998. Sawyer has in fact ...more
It's a fairly smart story considering it was written so long ago. (tech speaking) and a good lesson in basic genetics. It's even got nazis!
Writing Style: 2/5
The momentum this book generated came from watching horrible authorial decisions as they were contemplated, foreshadowed, and brought to realization. It was thinking, He's not really going to rely on that trope for a villain is he? or There's no way the author is going to let the main character do that to move the novel forward. And then there were so many moments of, "No, no, no, you can't possibly plan to let the scene turn on a twis ...more
Two things I liked: I enjoyed a sci-fi book teaching me about Huntington's, and if the point had been to show someone ...more
fingers greased up to turn pages. There's a few little
roadblocks when it comes to theDNA bits he goes into that
leaves me standing in the corner with a dunce cap on,
it's something it try to understand but have only so much
brain space for the sequencing bits. Ok, I just take his
word for it and skim over those bits. Nazi
intrigue/ hunting for a war criminal 'Ivan the Terrible' who
in Treblinka would go out of his way for that extra bit
of cruelty. What a gutter fnck ...more
At first I wasn't sure how they were going to intertwine all the stories they started with, but it really worked out in the end. There's really not much I can say without giving away the story though.
The character ...more
The writing is terrible (the main female character has "only one vice" which is occasionally eating fast food - I do declare!). The plot has some interesting aspects but gets bogged dow ...more
The book itself is labeled in the blurb as a "morality tale for the Genetic Age", and this theme is present throughout the book. The author has written brilliantly about the wider possible consequences of using genetic science for personal gain at the cost of others. Do not let the science ...more
The main flaw, I suppose, is that there is just too much thrown in there to make it coherent or believable. It's almost as if Sawyer was mulling around three or four main ideas for new novels, wasn't sure which to work on next, and just thought, "What the heck, I'll put A ...more
If you're a scifi fan, this should go a long way toward satisfying your scifi urges. If not, then it may not be your cup of tea, but you might want to read it anyway, if nothing else, for the moral ...more
It's a fun read, and the hard-science genetics explanations along with the historical facts about the holocaust actually manage to tie it together into something that feels _almost_ plausible at times.
Would recommend. I got this through the Story Bundle Sci-Fi bundle and it was worth it.
### Amazon.co.uk Review
In the guise of a mainstream biomedical thriller akin to Ira Levin's _The Boys From Brazil_, or the novels of Robin _Coma_ Cook, Nebula Award-winner Robert Sawyer has crafted a most ambitious tale.
As a teenager, Pierre Tardivel discovers that he has a 50 per cent chance of developing the hereditary Huntington's disease. The knowledge drives him to become a scientist working on the Human Genome Project at Berkley University, where he falls in love with Molly, a psycholog
This time however, I have a lot to complain about – but it’s not directed at Sawyer, it’s regarding the narration (I listented to the Audio verison).
Absolutely the WORST interpretation of a French Canadian accent I have ever heard. Hands down.
I live in Montreal, I do speak French, I am surrounded on a daily basis with French Canadians speaking English. This guy obviously never set foot in Quebec! His accent is so comicall ...more
JDN 2456310 EDT 20:13.
Frameshift was set Twenty Minutes into the Future when it was written in 1997, so by now it is actually set in the recent past. This is not as weird as it sounds, because actually most of the events in the story could actually have happened. If there were a little girl who was a cloned Neanderthal growing up in secret somewhere in California, we might not actually know that. Also, it's almost certainly possible. Honestly, it's the actio ...more
Saywer is a master of mixing interesting characters and situations with hard science that is ...more
Robert Sawyer grew up in ...more