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Mirror Reversal Paperback – January 7, 2008
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Maybe this book was written by a guy who has led a full, life, with his eyes wide open, and a great imagination. But, I suspect it was written by a woman with a fake name, who has had considerable real world experience on the street, to put it as nicely as I can. Either way, the settings in the book are wonderfully REAL and so are the people. Beautifully written, outrageous, and over the top. The book is either hilariously funny or horribly serious, depending on your mood and belief system.
I read the hard cover edition a couple of years ago and would have given it five stars then, except the book was a little too polemical for me, so I only gave it four. No problem this time. The polemics are nicely woven into the story, so it now well deserves an unqualified 5 stars. If you want a fun romp in the sun and a weird journey into the mirror world, buy the book.
OLD REVIEW for Hard Cover Edition:
Fun read. Lots of weird characters who become strangely engaging. Sex for people who like sex. And Magic from our childhoods as the realities shift and swirl. And, by the end, it isn't clear what was real and what was not. The book is a bit tongue in cheek, I suspect...like, it has a wonderful, traditional, "saved at the last moment" ending, right next to the Abyss from Hell. I would have given it 5 stars, but it gets a little polemical at times. But, of course, what is considered polemical to one is simply a message that needs to be told to another.
Doctor Cynthia Whipple, a sheltered atheist and secular humanist, quits her safe professorship and heads to New York City to start a new and wild life. We follow her as she bumps her way down the social ladder, and we are treated to her scientific and psychological observations of the bottom rungs of humanity as she deals with Christian fanatic professors, strip club dancers and managers, and prostitutes and pimps.
Goscicki evokes a vivid sense of place. His sex scenes are raw and explicit. Throughout the book, he treats us to a meme-based view of societal evolution. And most interesting to me, Goscicki makes his zany characters conflicted to the point of paradox: a Christian singer with a "pet" pygmy; an anti-atheist tow truck driver who hurts Cynthia to "loosen her up" yet will drop everything to save her, and Cynthia herself, who keeps high morals for strangers while blatantly cheating on her finance.
"They work and fight and bark at one another. All they care about is their little territory and a place to raise a family. They aren't evolved enough to understand what's in store for them right around the bend in the river."
We're not evolved enough to save ourselves. The author suggests we need a mirror reversal, a wormhole to the other side of the mirrorverse, the rational side.