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ISBN-13: 978-1613822487 ISBN-10: 1613822480

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Brown (April 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613822480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613822487
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #933,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fluent and highly readable, this new version should be welcomed by all admirers of the Utopia." --Louis Martz, Yale University

About the Author

Clarence H. Miller, now emeritus, was Dorothy McBride Orthwein Professor of English Literature at St. Louis University. He served as executive editor of the fifteen-volume Yale Edition of The Complete Works of St. Thomas More and is the author or editor of more than a dozen other books.

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Very good fast paced story.
Walt Lumley
I've read all of the books he has written in the last 4 days and now I'm moving on to the books he's written with a co-author.
maximum verbosity
Good plot and character development.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aistis Zidanavicius on August 22, 2013
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Old idea and old book, even though, the ideas are still very alive these days. One of the most influencing humanism works written 500 years ago by Thomas More. I like the book but I miss the point of creating utopia world. What about you?

Interesting thing but the word "utopia" came from this book as we know it now. Thomas created it in this book by describing in his mind the ideal society, ideal place and ideal life. Utopia is written in a story style and that makes it very easy to read and understand. Recently I've read some other books describing opposite to utopia, which is called anti-utopia. It was very interesting to see the differences between all of them.

Utopia is a fictitious place and the author describes it as an ideal place for society to live. Based on fictitious story teller he describes many different aspects of life like cities, authorities, crafts, communication, relationships, trips, slaves, war and belief. What I didn't like is that through my eyes many things are based on Christianity or has some color of it. That makes me to think that basically this utopia society is based on emotional and not reasonable aspects.

Me personally I'm not admiring the idea of utopia. I think it has many disadvantages. What caught my eye is that in this book there is not mentioned some really important aspects like passion (in any ways like sexual, activity and even life). Sometimes this book reminded me Brave New World. It's similar that in utopia nobody possess nothing and in Brave New World everyone else belongs to everyone else. It doesn't really much differ in mindset, just in surface. What I really doesn't admire in utopias is that they deny personality and destroys character only leaving human as a small part of society.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Jordahl on December 6, 2009
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I have been a fan of Lincoln Child for many years through his collaboration with Douglas Preston. Utopia is an interesting story with decent character development and very interesting plot. I found the ending a little rushed, but still entertaining.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Rubringer on March 25, 2011
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The premise of the story is a good one...and captivated me. I did find the writing a bit...long winded and drawn out. The book drags in the middle as the story unwinds. Good ending, but a LONG read to get there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kurt G. Schumacher VINE VOICE on May 15, 2009
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This is an excellent thriller written by a master of the craft. Child sets the stage in a high-tech theme park, controlled by sophisticated computers so that nothing can possibly go wrong *click* ... go wrong *click* ... go wrong ...

Of course, things do go horribly wrong. Others reviewers have covered the plot sufficiently. So I'll just say that it's a thrill-a-minute ride.

Child sets the story up like a clockwork machine. No blind alleys, no red herrings, no wasted scenes. Things that are discussed in scenes early in the book turn up again at the end, and I found myself thinking, "Ah... of course..." several times.

This is one of the best crafted thrillers I've ever read. I had one quibble about some techno-babble that I couldn't quite buy into. But that was a minor point, and didn't really detract from my enjoyment. (I'm an "Elder Geek", so I'm used to snorting and saying "Yeah, right!" when books, movies and TV shows try to get technical.)

I highly recommend this book.
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By Ethan McLaughlin on March 14, 2014
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Well, here goes.

Thomas Moore created the term utopia through this work. It explores a fantastical society that has achieved a state of utopia, explaining every aspect of it and exploring what it means to be a utopia, and how one may be created. His utopian ideas were interesting , and some of the basis for one is in place in modern society. However, his utopia remains highly impractical because many of his ideas ru counter to the very nature of man and thus can neverbe put in place.

His most important idea is his view on diminishing the value of gold and jewelry, and stands as the crux of his utopia. And coming from an era of slavery, it is interesting to see his views on its importance in a perfect society, though this of course is highly controversial.

Overall, Utopia is an incredible and interesting work delving into what would be needed to create a perfect society of growth, peace and prosperit, though the answer is impossible to find.
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I really enjoyed this book. Sometimes I just want something a little less challenging to read...something lighter than my usual choices. I enjoy Rollins, Moon, Preston & Child, Morrison, etc. I thought this book was lighter reading than those authors usually provide. I thought the tech was fun. Utopia provided an intriguing look at what I think many theme parks today try to do. It was just a terrific break from the usual blood/gore/psychopathy that fills so many tech thrillers today. Now there was bloodshed but not excessive and the tech brought an almost scifi quality to the book. If you are looking for well written lighter tech fare by a talented, skilled author, choose this book. You won't be disappointed.
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By Rachel Termini on December 30, 2014
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I usually cannot put a book by this author down until I have completed it. I will put all others aside and pull an all nighter. This book started strong and I was easily engaged. I lost interest about four chapters in. It took me nearly six months to complete this novel. I didn't care about the characters. The storyline was predictable. I really had high hopes for this book. Meh.
Of course this will not discourage me from reading more by this author or the partnership of Preston Child. I just felt this book was a formula story.
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