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Burn Hardcover – November 1, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
The science fiction element of the novel felt subtle and as a reader I was instead drawn in by the character of Spur, a firefighter wounded while battling the fires, and the rural community that could be anyone's hometown. This is very much a novel about a damaged man trying to do the right thing, with a good mix of humor, action and thought-provoking moral questions that mirror those of our own 21st century world.
Good stuff. And who knew Thoreau was so fascinated by fire?
The relationship of Walden with The Thousand Worlds is intricate and interestingly flawed. And the characters of Spur, High Gregory and the others of his band, and the various villagers and "government" people are very well done.
"Burn" is a very fine multilayered book that reads quickly, like a simple adventure, but will cause you to come back and think about the many philosophical questions that JPK raises.
Read this book. You'll like it!
The payoff in the story is unfortunately fairly predictable with the "villain" being exactly who you expect it to be. The reasoning for this person's actions are never fully explained though and I was left feeling a little empty on that part. I would have liked to learn more about the "pukpuk's" and their casue for the ensuing fight.
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