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The Child Garden: A Low Comedy Paperback – May 24, 2011
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Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A richly absorbing tale--with a marvelous premise expertly carried out."--Kirkus Reviews
"One of the most imaginative accounts of futuristic bioengineering since Geg Bear's Blood Music."--Locus
"A heady novel bursting with speculation."--Library Journal
"An exuberant celebration of excess set in a resource-poor but defiantly eneregtic 21st century...you will not be bored."--The New York Times
Top Customer Reviews
Lots of fun ideas, too many not explored fully, some followed by the author to an end that baffles the reader (what happened, for example, to the Snide? Why is it important that Milena be Czech? And more that I won't bore you with). Lastly, the conclusion seems completely uncalled for by the book's opening chapters - I sensed that Ryman was writing in a hurry, that his pace of creation outsped his need to review. Why as much as four stars? Because although I was not satisfied with the work as a whole, much of the writing, as writing, was truly excellent.
The current edition is not helped by lazy proofreading: incomprehensible that any typos should exist. Did Ryman read the proofs? One would hope not! Nor would I advise reading Wendy Pearson's introduction - not at least until you have finished the book. Who cares what she thinks? Form your own conclusions before reading hers. After all, the book's an entertainment, and, regardless Pearson, not necessarily a commentary on the world of then, nor is it going to be particularly helpful for you to think it such.
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Geoff Ryman is a genius! I have loved this book for years, and i cannot believe it was written so long ago.Published 8 months ago by madelynsprite
I started out liking this book very much. Before I got halfway through it began to feel like a bad drug trip that I couldn't escape. Read morePublished on February 28, 2014 by Rivermama
finished reading this today after carrying it in my bag for more than a month. Didn't do much for me although I had assumed I was going to love it. Read morePublished on November 25, 2006 by Lee
In an average year, I read about a hundred works of fiction ranging across all genres, and only fail to finish two or three. This Arthur C. Read morePublished on August 21, 2005 by A. Ross
I'm writing this review in response to people who seem to feel Ryman's world of the future is a dystopia. I feel the point of the book is that you're left unsure in this regard. Read morePublished on September 4, 2003 by Paul J. Smith
Probably the best book I've read in years (and I just finished an MA in Lit, so I've read a lot of them! :) . Read morePublished on July 30, 2001 by Matt Clara