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Tree of Death: The D.N.A curse by [Fine, L.L.]
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Genosimulation is one of the most original books I've read in a long time.  It's fresh and original, with so many styles, cleverly revealing the story and intertwining them with the creation of the book.  You cover science, medical knowledge, philosophy, popular culture, politics, religion, modern terrorism, biological warfare, music, poetry, genocide...the list is endless.  There's real emotion,  revelations of terrible rawness, such interesting descriptions especially of the Enchanted Garden.  So many twists and turns and surprises.  I've been genuinely engrossed and involved.  You have amazing knowledge about all this stuff!  (And I do verify everything I can to ensure it's factually correct...not the Enchanted Garden, obviously. )
Julie Phelps, editor

From the Author

With a book like that, everything I can say might be used against me. Is it real? Is it not? Was there ever a person like that, like Zomy? Was I ever approached like that, during an internet chat? There ARE answers to these questions. Only I can't give them to you. But you can check the web. You can speculate. And even if this is all fiction, you can read Genesis once again, but this time read it from Zomy's point of view. And wake up.

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  • File Size: 1646 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Oblivion; 4 edition (April 28, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 28, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FIP1BI2
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This book was a whole new experience for me. First of all, it's not written in the traditional way. It's actually written in an "internet" mode, combining chat transcripts (serving as dialogs in many cases), e-mails, even pee-mails (a very funny thing - I checked, it's an actual website). There are no text messages yet - although it's definitely sci-fi, it's plot takes place in the 90's.

This unusual structure keeps appearing throughout the book . Chats, e-mails, and then a surprising turn, usually written as a short story. Odd at first, I got used to it very fast and after a while I was very into it. A very immersing experience.

This unique structure keeps the plot going in many ways. It is basically the story of a computer genius (no spoilers here), trying to crack the human genome in an underground military lab.

Although it has a very fast pace, this book is actually very philosophical, and very into religion. It has very tough questions about God, offers an original theory about the story of the Garden of Eden, and raises very good questions about our destiny as a species.

On the other hand, it's a story of a very lonely young man, who lost his father to cancer, and fighting it himself. Among other things. He also falls in love with his college - and if I'll reveal more it WILL be a spoiler.

Overall - this book made a deep impression. It forced me to be on my toes due to the rapidly changing writing styles, as well as the twists and turns in the plot. Unlike most books, this one leaves gaps in the plot - but not in a bad way. It doesn't explain everything. It leaves questions unanswered. As I said - it made me think. Not many boos do.
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Although I am drawn to "unique" books, and I enjoy reading things that tend to be outside the normal box.......this one even pushed THAT limit.
In a good way!

The writing style I have never seen before. Most of the dialogue was in the form of internet chats, or messages where they write with pee......seriously.

The plot kept you on your toes, wondering what was going to happen next. You follow a young man as he finds out that he is going to develop cancer. Then, even more disturbingly, a plot that could end the human race as we know it.
The ending kept you wondering.....almost like the end of a horror movie.

Highly recommend!
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By Susan Robbins on October 26, 2013
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I have to say I found the ending rather shocking. I shouldn't have. The time line was there. It was an interesting read albeit rather scary. My biggest criticism is for the editing as it was a little difficult to look past the typo's.
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The basic idea is excellent: a genius creates a genetic computer simulator that accurately carries out simulations of molecular interactions, predicting illnesses and death...and discovers a terrible fate secretly awaiting the human race. While clearly science fiction, none of the technologies described clearly violate physics or maths, so it's plausible. 5+ stars!

However the actual writing of this great idea is much less. Much of the problem, I think, is a mediocre translation from Hebrew to English. Another problem is using Instant Messaging and email as the main writing style, and almost randomly changing pseudonyms like some Russian novel, and switching back and forth between that and normal prose, and the unexplained trips to NYC. It all detracts tremendously from what should have been a great sci-fi novel, and is a slog to read through.
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I had read another of Liron Fine's books, and I was anxious to see if this one packed the same punch. It certainly delivered! The structure of the book is unusual in that most of the narrative is done through emails and chat messages. The author is approached electronically by Zomy, who wants him to write his story as a novel. Turns out that Zomy is trying to crack the human genome. As you read, you can't help but wonder if the events in the book could ever happen in real life. There are discussions involving politics, religion, and science - the book goes beyond just story-telling. The plot is an intriguing concept presented in an interesting format, and there are several twists and turns along the way that I won't spoil for anyone. Overall, this is a great read!
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What if we would be given access to all the manuscript versions and inspiration topics for all the books we read ? Would that make them more interesting or less so ? I have no clue about that but I do know that exploring a sci-fi novel in this way was really a great and unexpected experience. I was expecting to find within "Tree of Death" an end of the world kind of setting, as the book description promised but the way the book is actually written and story is built is totally unexpected. Having the first hand access to the written email and chat confessions of someone that experienced directly what happens in a secret biological laboratory and what kind of threats could that incur for humanity is what "Tree of Death" really provides as unique feature to its readers and I must admit that it makes the story more exciting and engaging than expected.
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I was very disappointed with this book. I really wonder if the fact it is a translation caused many of the issues. There were many spelling and grammar errors. Occasionally it was necessary to stop and figure out what word was really meant in order for the sentence to make sense. The initial plot line had so much potential but went nowhere, a rehashing of plots put forth in the past, nothing new. This reader would begin to get into the story and then that part of the story rambled off somewhere else, leaving the reader wondering if finishing the story would be of any enjoyment value, not really. The fact that newer formats like email, chatrooms, etc., was used could have fun but...
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