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Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights by Ryu Mitsuse
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Feb 20, 2012

really liked it
Read from February 20 to March 01, 2012

The accolades for this book were many. I had heard of it mentioned by other authors, or editors of anthologies, but i had never read this until now. I would give it 5 of 5 stars, but its quaint, simplistic notions of the New Testament Jesus was kind of a buzzkill. Definitely a product of its time, and the author, being Japanese, does get a lot of leeway since his understanding of Christianity is very much a product of its time - he is much more fulfilling when dealing with Buddhism and Siddhartha. The convergence of Plato, Atlantean legends, high technology, philosophy, religion, and time/space travel was nothing short of amazing. This book could easily have been 2-3 times its size, however the author wisely does not digress into deep narrative explanations of events or topics. Sometimes there are small holes and gaps in the connective elements (which vanish with a second reading), but it gives the story line a more connective and real feel - a sense of immediacy. The concept of Jesus as "the man outside of Karma" blew me away... brilliantly portrayed western sensibility through his character as well. Worth every moment of the reading - this book gives you a lot to think about.
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