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Into this vastness, in the shadow of God's left thumb, John Collick has set his handful of characters. Each is a brilliantly-drawn, real human being, Max and Abby are both tough and hard-bitten, funny and a bit gauche, with enough of the little child searching for a lost affection to be terribly endearing. Even when the story veers from Indiana Jones type adventure to surreal horror, it never loses its tenderness and humour. The not so endearing characters are true products of an immense, impersonal world, cold and relentless as machines.
In this flat singularity, rolled out in space like a giant workbench, there seems to be nothing but machines. And, of course, God. Ever-present, too colossal to see, the carcass of God fills the world, the atmosphere and beyond. After a million years of work, God is almost complete; all he needs is his mind. The construction of God's mind though, is proving a far more hazardous enterprise than all the rest, and not everything in the universe is happy about the idea of God's completion. Max and Abby find themselves at the centre of one of the most original concepts I have ever read in a fantasy story: protecting the creatures who each possess a part of God's mind, from the villains, human and alien, who want to destroy them. To say any more would spoil the story.
This is a remarkably creative piece of writing, highly recommended to anyone who enjoys sci-fi/fantasy, steampunk, or 1960s TV space operas.
A five star rating is a rare thing for me to give no matter how I obtained the book. A book must be really something for me to do so. This one is.
I've never been one to judge a book by it's cover, which I think is a good thing because there a many covers that don't turn me on. Like Thumb's cover. It is a representation of a scene in the book, but it doesn't draw me in or make me want to read it.
I was intrigued by the blurb though, so I thought I would give it a go. In the beginning I started to wonder what I'd gotten myself into. I started to think the book was going to be religious fiction disguised as science fiction - it is not. I was also initially put off by the long and repeated names of places and titles of some of the characters which is common to a lot of fantasy books.
But I persevered. I'm really glad I did. Honestly, at this moment I can't tell you exactly what did draw me in - actually maybe I can. I think it started for me when the giant got inside Max's head but that wasn't really enough for me, yet I kept reading anyway. I was about half way through the book when I realized I now needed to read it. I needed to know what was happening.
There is so much going on in this story! There is the relationship between Max and his distant and autocratic father. Max's unresolved issues over his mother's death when he was very young. The relationship between Max and his best friend Abbey that might just be more than friendship. The cruelty that men (not males in particular - man - humans - in general) can inflict on each other out of ignorance - even the smartest of men. Betrayal by those you trust most. And in the end, hope that dreams for the future are not completely shattered.
This is an epic fantasy and when I finished it I felt ever so satisfied, yet wanting for more. What else could you ask for?
You can read more of my reviews at abshepherd dot net.
It is the far, far, far future. So far into the future that the universe is dying. Stars are burning out and hope is dead, buried and forgotten.
An essentially unchanged mankind, basic humanform bodyshape still intact with a recognizably human consciousness, will meet the heat death of the universe. They are resigned to it.
Until the discovery of a white hole of sorts that leads to a newer, more energetic universe that can still support life for billions of years more. There’s only one problem: the only way through the white hole is to be carried by God. And humanity doesn’t have one.
Enter the Black Rose, an alien race with appallingly advanced technology. This enigmatic race creates a singularity, a work floor on which humanity can build God. To create God in this energy-poor universe would be unthinkable. So the Black Rose drills timewells, which allow access to the deep past, filled with material and energy.
...read the rest of this review at UndergroundBookReviews(dot)com