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The Avatar Syndrome (Prequel to Headless World) Paperback – July 31, 2010
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One of the most rewarding aspects of this novel is its unique and comprehensive look at savant-ism and the cultural perceptions of such. The fact that Anne is "different" initially seems to be a cause for concern until the characters' focus begins to shift to more positive aspects of not being "normal." But is Anne's condition a gift, a curse, or something in between?
Another thing that makes this novel interesting is the way that it explores both the neurological and spiritual ramifications of Anne's condition, with Anne and her family traveling from a world-renowned neurological institute to the holy shrines of Europe for the answers that they seek. The novel's elements of mysticism can begin to seem a bit heavy-handed toward the end, but for the most part the reader is simply allowed to enjoy reading about Anne's growth with all the accompanying joys, hardships, and good old-fashioned suspense.
The novel also features a great cast of characters in the form of Anne's family and friends, each of whom are drawn into her world for their own reasons.
One of the things I enjoyed most about the book was its depiction of those who have been labeled as a Savant. As with all disabilities, the disability can be a gift or it can be a hardship, or it can be a combination of both. Law has written about it perfectly with such in depth knowledge, it is mind boggling. I was very positively surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.
The characters are very well developed, and you will not read a story like this anywhere. I highly recommend.
I liked how the book retained its modern feel with discussions of Medicare, the ADD crisis, and the separation of church and state in our education system, among many others. It made me feel that the book was relevant to today, even though it was discussing major issues that are timeless. Anne's life alone could have been a fascinating story as a stand alone novel, but to lace it within a well-executed diatribe on life, development, religion, personal philosophy, and the intricacies of human nature in the modern world was a work of genius. Stan I.S. Law packed so much into this book that at times it was too much, and I found myself re-reading sections just to make sure I had caught all of the subtleties I knew he was hiding between the lines. Not only is he able to make a captivating lead character that a reader truly cares about by the 5th chapter, but he populates the story with peripheral characters that supported Anne along her complex and well-wrought journey.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Avatar Syndrome is a brilliantly structured novel. The development, the psychological complexity and the mystery of the main protagonist, Anne, is convincingly portrayed. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Johann David Renner
Stan I.S. Law's "The Avatar Syndrome" explores what it means to be human. The reader gets to follow the evolution of Anne as she moves through her life, from troubled teen... Read morePublished 11 months ago by PL
THE AVATAR SYNDROME
The Messengers of God
By Stan I.S. Law
This is a fabulous novel. Read more
I have read so many of Stan I.S. Law's books that I have now lost count. I really do love a book that challenges me to think and, better yet, to grow. Read morePublished 15 months ago by TFLReader
As with most of Stan I.S. Law’s books, I start reading the first few pages and suddenly realize I’ve devoured a few chapters, and this one is no exception. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Karl
The story of Anne is tremendously disturbing and complex…and beautiful. Mr. Law is a whiz at creating characters I love and Anne was no exception. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Monica LaSarre, Author
The Avatar Syndrome is a masterpiece. It's really that simple, and I say that without the slightest bit of hyperbole. This book is powerful and like all of Mr. Read morePublished on July 25, 2014 by Brian
“The Avatar Syndrome” is a shining example of why Stan I.S. Law is one of my favorite authors. Law puts so many different disciplines together in a masterful tapestry of fiction... Read morePublished on July 5, 2014 by Jeff B
Avatar Syndrome is an enlightening and thought-provoking journey that marries science and fiction with perfect precision to bring us a thoroughly entertaining story. Read morePublished on May 24, 2014 by Ally McMahon