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Use your brain, and think!,
This review is from: Haze (Hardcover)This book is not filled with explosions and people running around shooting at each other. This is a book that was placed in front of its reader to provoke thought and discussion. It is allegorical in every way, following themes in our current reality and other Modesitt realities. Ultimately the underlying theme is that we as a civilization have forgotten what it is to question and to use the intelligence that has been gifted to us. If you enjoyed Parafaith War and Gravity Dreams, you will like this book. If you prefer the Recluse series, you may not. I happened to have enjoyed this book very much and appreciate the discussions it has led to with my friends and family. I think Modesitt went out on a limb writing this book, and I hope it will be followed by others that are out of the current assembly line literature modality that we have been fed recently.
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Initial post: Jan 20, 2010 3:38:04 PM PST
Kyle Bender says:
I enjoyed Gravity Dreams very much, but I did not like this book. I see some of the references you are referring to and I agree that was his point. However, his genre of literature is for entertainment purposes and not really for philosophical menderings. The storyline is broken, the timeline is broken, the character is underdeveloped, and the theme is not well stated. I expected much more from this talented author. Modesitt went out on a limb and the limb broke.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 11, 2010 7:34:09 AM PST
Lupine Smile says:
I feel that the story and timeline were broken on purpose. This was done to make the reader feel as uncomfortable as the main character. Imagine the essence of having your world turned upside down, and finding out that your entire civilization is based on falsehoods and misdirection. Also, as to sci-fi being for pure entertainment only, try reading Fahrenheit 451 some time. I do like candy for the mind books, but I also like books that hang around in my thoughts after reading them. You might want to try Fallen Dragon if you like Gravity Dreams.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2010 1:13:22 AM PST
Vagn Johansen says:
no genre of literature is solely for entertainment purposes
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