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A Star Curiously Singing Paperback – October 1, 2009
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"This novel is further proof that, in the right hands, any genre can be used as an entertaining means of exploring deeper truths."
-- Eric Wilson, New York Times bestselling author
"Just one chapter, I told myself. Just to see what it's about. Yeah right. I read it in one sitting, sacrificing much-needed sleep on the altar of great storytelling."
-- Josh Olds, LifeIsStory.com
"Kerry takes me somewhere I hadn't previously imagined and lets me live there for a while. His characters are well drawn, his situations thought-provoking, and he writes so smoothly that I can forget I'm actually sitting safe in my chair..."
-- Kathy Tyers, New York Times bestselling author
"To finish this novel, I stayed up late. And I don't know if I ever sympathized or cheered so much for a fictitious robot."
-- E. Stephen Burnett, SpeculativeFaith.com
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These stories follow what would seem to be an average computer repair guy (pardon the simplification) on a journey that catapults him to the forefront of an epic battle pitting him against evil rulers and alien beings. On the way, he meets up with the coolest spaceship in the known universe (I want one!).
This is not your average space opera, but a story with great depths and sophisticated story-telling. If you like sci-fi, steampunk, technology, or a good story, I think you'll enjoy this trilogy. (No, it's not steampunk, but a few of the elements seem steampunk-y... At times the incredible scientific advances and technology are sometimes magical in their execution even though they're explained to some degree. And that's not a bad thing.)
I've seen reviews that said these books are anti-Muslim and prejudiced. They aren't. (I think the reviewers in question hit the first imam or Abdul reference and went screaming off to write their review without actually reading these books.) While a couple of characters are evil, it is made clear that the majority of people following the religion are good people doing their best to live decent, honorable lives following the laws of their God, who is also good.
Is it wrong to have a few people in a world-wide religion who are evil and power-hungry? I think it's clear from history, whether it's the Crusades or other religious battlefront, that there are always some people in any religion who are not good people and who use their religion not as a cause for good but as a reason to bully others and/or grab for power. That doesn't mean the other millions of people who follow the same religion are evil, on the contrary, and I think these books go out of their way to show that. This is a good religion that a few followers - who aren't true to the spirit of the religion - have led down some paths that their god would not agree with.
Warning: There are Christian elements in this book, so if you're an automatic hater, just do yourself a favor and bypass this one. If you're open to a book about alternative religions (Muslim, Christian, or what-have-you), this book is an awesome read that will leave you thinking and pondering weeks and months after you finish reading it, especially its deep philosophical resonance with the human condition.
In a world where Shari'a law is the rule and norm, SandFly is a debugger. He has an implant in his brain that allows him to access computer systems and robots, fixing and reprogramming them from within. But the implant also inhibits him, blocking "bad" thoughts and actions from ever forming.
His master sends him out on a mission to work on a robot that was part of the first interstellar flight to an alien star. On the trip, something caused the robot to tear itself to pieces. SandFly's job is to find out what that was.
The problem is, if he does, he puts himself and the whole world in jeopardy.
That's the plot of A Star Curiously Singing by Kerry Nietz.
I really enjoyed this book. Nietz puts together a very intricate world with its own terminology, rules, and mores and employs it effectively. At first, I had a little bit of trouble digesting it all. We dive in with both feet into SandFly's world, which has a lot of flash and jargon to it. Getting used to the ideas of debuggers, the stream, downriders, and so on and so forth. But once I got into it, everything flowed quite nicely. I especially appreciated Nietz's made up "cursing." Crichton and clarke!
The dystopian feel to it worked as well. Neitz's posited future, one where a certain monotheistic religion basically conquers the world, felt plausible and fully realized. The only thing that bothered me about that was referring to people as "Abduls." It was so constant it almost felt unnecessarily disrespectful. I understood the reasoning toward the end when Neitz explained it, but by then, I wonder if other readers might not be turned off.
The interesting thing is that if you read the backcover copy of the book (which I did not summarize completely in my "Mr. Movie Voice" business above), you pretty much will know the whole plot. It doesn't stray that much from it. But the really cool thing is that Neitz keeps you going. It's a fun read and a wild ride through the future. I'm looking forward to what I assume will be a series following the further adventures of SandFly.
If religion must be a included, I prefer it to be one of an alien race and not a re-hashing of something we already have. The ending made me look back and chide myself for thinking this was going to be a pretty darned good book.
Should the author steer clear of the known religions and their stereotypes, he would be much better at this SciFi stuff. Unfortunately, this is all I will know of him.