- Perfect Paperback: 274 pages
- Publisher: Sam's Dot Publishing (May 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933556781
- ISBN-13: 978-1933556789
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,802,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Guardener's Tale Perfect Paperback – May 1, 2007
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"A gripping dystopia wickedly extrapolated from our present. Boston brings to bear his narrative genius on this noir tale of a love triange in a society gone mad, probing the way technology and science alter our reality. Transcending genre, "The Guardener's Tale" combines suspense and breathtaking plot twists with macabre humor. Involving, compelling, a masterwork." - Mary Turzillo, author of "An Old-Fashioned Martian Girl"
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On Tuesday nights, everyone dons a duramask to go out and have sex with strangers. Then the well adjusted couple comes home and talks about their night of sex. But one man acts inappropriately by hiring a prostitute whose dad caused/lead the riots of 37. He is concerned he may be watched by an enforcer....blah, blah. Is this going someplace? I don't know. I don't care.
I returned this for a full refund.
The story is narrated by a Guardener - kind of like a detective but with more power and technology at hand. Their job is to find anyone who shows any deviation to the rules and recondition them if possible. Three quarters of the book is him telling you about Richard Thorne. Richard was an average citizen who seemed a little bored with life. He started hanging around the slums, drinking, doing drugs and he fell in love with a hooker. There were others involved in this story as well, and it was a lot more complex a situation than what I just mentioned but ultimately the Guardener is explaining how things devolved in Richard's life, how they came to meet and how this affected him.
If you like dystopian stories, I would recommend this. However if you have read a lot of the classic dystopian novels such as 1984, We, This Perfect Day, etc, you may not find anything new here either.
Boston gives us wonderfully fleshed-out characters, with a deluge of quandaries to ponder, as he carries the reader to the end in his roller-coaster of prose. Through his writing, we discover how unique our focus character Richard Thorne is. We follow his travels through the text of a superior, as we explore this strange new world where certain liberties are now deemed negative. As with all things supposedly perfect, the City State is no different, having its own flaws.
As the struggle to maintain control falters, the system's weaknesses become exposed in this skillfully spun tale. The reader has the benefit of being able to witness a sliver of its decay. Boston succeeds at giving us a glimpse of a future that might not seem to otherworldly for many of us. This book is a refreshing reminder of how much we take our freedoms for granted.