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Fishing for LightA Satire
Take a science fiction story with multiple subplots, add a love element and a bit of satire on twenty-first-century American life (WePay for Ebay, and the like), whip in a battle of good verses evil, and you have Fishing for Light. The use of astronomical events, as well as plausible explanations of space crystals causing DNA mutations, gives the story its grounding and focus.
Professor Quan uses outer-space crystals to manipulate DNA in an effort to make the world a better place and fix the error of his genetically mutated evil daughter Prosperina, who wants to dominate the world. Edward, the story's protagonist, is selected by Quan to right the world, but Prosperina wants to stop him by getting her hands on the space crystals.
Quan perfects an epigenetic improvement-of-mankind formula that he secretly gives to his targets. One of his early dosing targets, administered by his operative, Captain Lovins, is a very transparent attempt at high-context humor. Bill from Arkansas, who is given a dose of engineered epigenetic material, becomes a Rhodes Scholar and learns to play the saxophone. Yes, he is the future President Clinton.
Edward is born at the exact moment of both a winter solstice and a deep-space supernova. According to Quan, this gives his DNA special leadership qualities. With a dose of epigenetic spray, Edward would become a force for positive change in the world. Edward's development from a young boy to an office drone with latent world leadership qualities is hinted at throughout the story. These flashbacks are effective, incidents of loyalty and courage that slowly reveal his personality so that it seems natural when Edward helps with a friend's legal problems. Edward goes to a golf tournament looking for soiled pro items to sell. A successful intermix of subplots takes place on the golf course giving the story more energy.
- Publication date : January 4, 2014
- File size : 1001 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 486 pages
- Publisher : Bobby's Socks Publishing; 1st edition (January 4, 2014)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00EKR0YAA
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0615856705
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,702,228 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Nathaniel Sewell's FISHING FOR LIGHT is a satiric look at the use of technology and particle physics to control the human race. Edie Wilcox finds himself caught up in this unseen "quantum war" between Professor Quan and his evil genetically modified daughter, Ms. Proserpina.
The satire is relatively low key, as with the description of one of the "special" children, a boy from the rural south who plays the saxophone and is headed to Georgetown University. When most of the character descriptions seem headed toward stereotype, the author takes a sharp turn into the comic absurd. The evil Ms. Proserpina, despite her almost insurmountable strength, has a weakness for Kentucky bourbon and cigarettes while Edie's friend, Jim Bob, a good ol' boy of a short order cook, amasses $250,000 by selling "personal" athletic equipment from NFL stars. The ultimate confrontation between good and evil does not happen in some inter - galactic venue but in a General Beauregard's Fried Chicken franchise with Professor Quan disguised as a Col. Sanders look alike.
The plot is compelling but there are sections that seem a bit disjointed from the story line, especially in the beginning. Occasionally there is a dropped word or mis-spelling in the dialog but this poses only a minor flaw in the narration. However, the author leaves no loose ends and the story reaches a satisfying conclusion.
FISHING FOR LIGHT is a satirical science fiction story where the laws of physics are frangible, the genetic monsters are hilariously evil and the goodness of the human characters is evident despite our failings.
Reviewed by Ed Bennett for IndieReader.
I have a hard time not thinking of books seriously, comedy books are hard for me, since I’m so used to reading regular fiction. But, this book was a good choice. It was funny, in an over the top kind of way. I mean it’s got the IRS, genetic monsters, and the Hope Diamond! It’s just got a lot going on for me, which made it a little hard to read. I did enjoy the hyped up war between a father and a daughter. His genetically modified, evil daughter! It’s got a lot of funny situations, and a lot of great characters. It’s a well written book, but for me, it just felt like there was a little too much crowded into the book. I laughed quite a bit, and I was entertained, I think the author did a great job of taking what we would usually expect and twisting it around a bit. I think overall, for a satire lover, this book would be a home run, I just think too much to work well with satire, but I still enjoyed this book.
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
**I received a copy of this book for my review. However, these opinions and views are my own.
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The plot is an exercise in surrealism, the author has asserted. It follows the life of Eddie, who has been genetically altered with a chemical grown from pure love. But with sinister agents and business-owners watching his every move, will he manage to follow the path cut out for him?
I know many people will appreciate surrealism like this and I fear it was simply lost on me.
Sewell describes Fishing as a satire but for the life of me, I couldn't see what it was satirising. Besides which, a sentence such as "His saliva the catalyst for an instant cellular tempest attacking his helical shaped DNA structure, altering his life’s instruction manual" may well be a very insightful parody, but that makes it no less impenetrable. Every sentence is straining at the seams with three times too many adjectives. One look at Cormac McCarthy's stark use of language is proof that you don't need reams of description to be a master storyteller.
I cannot get away from the fact that however much Sewell wanted to convey "raw" emotions and ideas, which is an admirable approach for any writer, the story is so difficult to follow clearly. For the most part, the reader stays with Eddie through his remarkable circumstances. The idea of science attempting to create people who will desire only to do good is a concept not dissimilar to Brave New World, also a satire that didn't use comedy, and in many ways similar to this book.
The over-writing calms down towards the end (but even then, we are given epic-sized descriptions such as " a slinky, naturally curly Pippi Longstalking redhead woman") and the story comes to a gradual head. The villain is villainous, the women are girlish, incidental characters are numerous. It is simply a struggle to get there in the end.
I enjoyed the overall humour of the book and how quickly the plot began to develop right from the start. However, personally, I found the plot too fast in some areas, where certain people or events were not fully explained until a few chapters after first being mentioned. Also, the large reliance on genetics did not thrill me; it read more like a dystopian novel rather than a sci-fi satire. Nevertheless it was a different and good read, definitely worth stepping out of my usual genre, to engage in something unique and quite brilliant.
The characters themselves, when they were fully explained were intriguing, a special favourite duo of mine was Captain Lovins and Professor Quan. The whole book was nice and light, in keeping with the satire setting, even the end. The grammar sometimes hindered the reading of the book, but this can be overlooked and is still legible. The number of chapters can be questioned, 43 is a lot for most books, but that is a matter of personal preference.
Personally, I would recommend this book to people who were just starting out in this genre, especially those that could appreciate it as a work of satire rather than a dystopian novel.
Fishing for Light offers light humour throughout, particularly through the use of exaggerated characterisation and the caricature of figures like ‘Captain Lovins’ and ‘Agent Machiavelli’. The book is rich in imagery and character dialogue making the plot quick paste and engaging. It also is clear when reading the book that Swell is something of a linguist, as in my opinion Fishing for Light is impeccably well written book. One of the things I most enjoyed about the book was hinted at in the first few pages with quotes from both Albert Einstein and Ralph Waldo Emerson – Fishing for Light subtly integrates scientific and literary references throughout the modern sci-fi storytelling.
Fishing for Light is one of those unsuspecting positive moments that causes subconcious reflection at the same time. At times I found Eddie's lack of gusto hard to stomach but then it only turned into me willing him to develop and grow. For me Professor Quan is lovable, if hard to understand but I am forever besotted by Captain Lovins, even if his reasons for loyalty were sometimes vagues, all the same he is his code and it is admirable.
I hope that if you take on this story, you will read and find Charlene and Raquel. I don't think I need to say much else, just find them for yourself; and for all hope I do not wish a Ms. Prosperina into existence at any point in time!
Technically this book contains far too many grammatical and spelling errors and although I do not think a person's ability to spell adequately should ever hold them back from their dreams; on a professional level, a proofreader is needed as this interrupts the flow of the book making it hard to focus on the story as you try and figure out if what was written is how it was meant to be. Look past all of this and you have an interesting book which just needs a little ironing out to create the right simple connections but characters that have an interesting depth. My last pointer for Mr. Sewell would be to watch the overlapping themes with the characters. Too many of them seem to think in the same way, conversing normally about DNA and the Olympics, I personally found it odd how they all thought in these ways by default yet were sometimes from completely different ends of the spectrum.