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The Blue Spark Paperback – January 9, 2012
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About the Author
Lucas M. Engelhardt is a Professor of Economics living in northeast Ohio with his sci-fi author wife, Megan R. Engelhardt. When he's not in the classroom or his office, he's typically watching science fiction with his wife.
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"It's not the worst book I have read. I think I liked it better than Twilight."
I definitely would have to agree that it is not the worst book I have ever read, and probably better than Twilight but I have never read that book, and don't particularly plan on it.
It starts off very good. I found a lot of clever comments by the author. My favorite being the joke about the phrase "someone once said". (I don't want to give the punch line away. You will have to read it.)
I found that I really understood the characters very well.The only part that bothered me was how easily Alan accepted Ellie. I figured that there would be a lot more back and forth.
I found the ending much too abrupt. That was more than likely result of the limited time the author had to write this book. I had also hoped that it might have developed more deeply into the interplay between insurance and protection. They never ran into any guards or defensive agencies. Most of my criticism are that the end of the book was clearly rushed and that he had ran out of time for a very really clever ending.
The ending was rather predictable. My hope had been that this would have resulted in Peoples Life being shunned by the other Insurance companies and there would be a few hostilities and people insured by them would have to either leave or change insurance company. Then the main planet orbiting A.C. would devolve into chaos...
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Overall I found the book to be fun read. I would recommend it to someone who wanted to read a quick theoretical fictional account of how insurance in a polycentric world might work. The conceptions I have are a little different and maybe a bit lest trusting than the Author's but still a very close.