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Toys Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 2011
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CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR JAMES PATTERSON
"The Man Who Can't Miss."―Lev Grossman, Time
"When it comes to constructing a harrowing plot, author James Patterson can turn a screw all right."―New York Daily News
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James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.
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So here comes Toys. OMG !!! This is Patterson's lamest effort ever. As one reviewer correctly put it, the book is annoying -- and annoying on many different levels. The characters never make it off the ground. They are underdeveloped to the point where not a single one stirs any emotion. In this book, Humans are derisively called 'Skunks' by the Elites. Well, that wasn't that cute the first time it was used, but ramming it down our throats about 8000 times throughout the book is just plain torture --- we got it after the second time, Jim. And, of course, there is the patented Patterson fault of turning a clever phrase, which is admittedly clever the first time, then using it four or more times throughout the book to MAKE SURE we recognize the nice turn of a phrase. I could go on, but you get the drift.
I tried to like this book, I really did, After reading it I even spent some time in substituting some oppressive and oppressed groups throughout covolization into the roles of Elites and Skunks (er, Humans,) thinking that maybe there was an intellectual quality to the story that had escaped me. Nope.
BUT THEN I GOT IT.
The one thing that is foreshadowed throughout the book, and actually seems like it may be worth waiting for, is a manner of killing that is termed The Slow Death. Finally, at the beginning of Chapter 115 (page 354) we learn that "SLOW DEATH EQUALS SLOW TORTURE." Huh ? Probably could have figured that one out, Jim. And then it hit me. This is a true interactive novel, where the reader has been unknowingly subjected to the same fate throughout the reading of this book as one of the main characters suffers at the end --- a slow, mind-numbing process that, at its conclusion, leaves one devoid of intellect or reason. GENIUS !!!
Save your money on this one, and hope that co-author Neil McMahon's Montana home is on highly defensible ground, because the pitchforks and torches may be around the corner.
This is a science fiction novel set in 2061 when there are two types of people: humans and Elites. The first are no different than humans today. The Elites are 99% human, part machine, and more rational than humans. They are engineered. They contain built in circuitry. They are above humankind's shortcomings of greed, immorality, self-destruction, and rage.
In this adventure, Elites are killed and the on looking Elites suffer amnesia of details of how they were killed and by whom. The Elites are convinced that the murderers were humans, for no Elite would do such a nefarious deed. But is this true? What happened? Why? Then it is discovered that the lead person in the investigation is not an Elite as the Elites thought, but a human. What is going on?
The plot is good. However, some readers may feel that the writing is somewhat heavy-handed and stilted. But this deal offers a chance to decide this for yourselves.
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Don't know how these collaborations work but this one is awful. I thought Private Vegas was bad but this is worse.Read more