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What grabbed my attention the most in The Experiment was the incorporation of epigenetics into the storyline. I read the weekly issue of the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences on pnas.org (in which the author has been published) with an eye toward research on how "nuture" changes "nature." It's fascinating to see how this barely 30-year old area of study invariably has an impact on some of the research studies. The author challenges the reader to imagine how important this area can be for our futures.
I didn't agree with all of the author's premises, but it's his story to tell. I felt that the characters could be better developed, and their dialog improved. These minor quibbles were insignificant compared to how The Experiment challenges the reader to view our current lives from other perspectives.
I received a free copy of The Experiment from DigitalBookToday.com
There are sentence constructions that will unsettle pedantic grammarians, though I don't think many of those reading for pleasure will be the least bit troubled. Anyway, much of the language is emanating from the minds of beings more advanced than mere 'preintelloids'. Solari uses some really gorgeous invented words. This is, after all, speculative writing. I enjoyed reading so much that I happily danced through the pages unaware of any linguistic tortures. I had to reread sections before I could see that the language criticisms of some reviewers were actually quite valid.
I loved this book. So what can I find to really criticise. Um- well, the cover is a bit 1950s, B movie-ish. Um- no actually that's just perfect. We have to see that we really are an advancing species, an experiment in the making.
The Universe Confederation struggles to come up with a verdict that will decide the fate of the preintelloids. Do they give them a chance to evolve into an intelligent species or do they destroy them to protect themselves from the preintelloids in the future.
Cristian Solari did an amazing job when he created the characters. I found myself attached to Geb with my emotions going wild as he forms a connection with the preintelloids. If you want to experience the same magnificent feeling I had when reading this novel, I highly recommend downloading it. You will not regret it.
The fact that the author is an evolutionary scientist adds startling accuracy to the description of the many alien species in this book (and believe me, there are many and difficult to remember species, but keep going, it all comes together in the end.)
Will read again and can't wait for the saga!
My only problem was with style. Often I felt that the writer (or translator) was not sufficiently at home in English to produce exactly the tone the author sought for. Sometimes idioms were misused or misquoted. A professional edit would do a world of good on a novel well worth the trouble!
I felt it started out a bit slow, due to being a bit philosophy heavy at first. Once I read past the mid point, however, things did pick up nicely. I felt the last third of the book was a very well done blend of action and philosophy, and made for an excellent read for me, with some nice twists towards the end.
An enjoyable read, I expect to read more from this author.
Creating an alien culture is always hard work and Christian shows promise in this, though his was not as alien as others I have read, but it shows the promise of great work to come.
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