If you Pure Land Buddhism in Modern Japanese Culture like aot of missed potential which I don t want to get into cause it s spoilers and ove cousin incest which is not a spoiler and happens almost immediately this is a book for you Otherwise don t be fooled by the great cover Horrible interesting idea but horrible execution and very unsatisfying ending This is actually the third book feature Harold ChildeImage of the Beast and Blown being the first two but isn t done with the same focus on erotica It s a pretty interesting read and if you read the first two the story makes a ot of sense Farmer s writing is always filled with subtle nuances that are easily overlooked Case in point his characterization So often writer s break rules when developing characters by forcing the character to do something they normally wouldn t Farmer Traditions Of Maimonideanism (Ijs Studies In Judaica) lets his characters grow and happen organically The premise to this is pretty straight forward unless you ve read the first two Then you realize early on what you ve signed up for oh sci fi nerds i am trying toive amongst youlord knows i do not want to offend the great unwashed masses of science fiction fans with their sueezing of themselves into bookstore aisles too narrow for their girth to talk Kemilau Cinta - Brighter Than the Sun loudly and nasally about every single plot point in every single star trek book and their hushing up every time a girl walks by i am notooking to offend with their nose picking and cavalier approach to hygiene and noise pollution oh the guffawsi don t mean to make fun of the adolescent simplicity of your sexual fantasies but man i just don t get youbut i m keeeeeding bird brian sent me this book just ike he sent me blood music because he wants me to suffer okay it s not that bad but i think that "overall science fiction does not please me as much as it pleases other people i thought he was "science fiction does not please me as much as it pleases other people i thought he was me this because it was SO bad that i would have a field day with the reviewhis review was hidden under a spoiler blanket so i couldn t even read it i was operating in the dark but as i was reading the book i was thinking oh this isn t terrible HIGH PRAISE INDEEDbut at the end of it all i thought the opportunity for this Kind Of Literary Invention A of iterary invention a that can talk to the freaking dead was wasted on some small fry stuff solving a murder and getting to the bottom of that huge problem facing our world the inconsistencies of etruscan Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War linguisticshmmmthose who fail to remember the past indeedi think the repercussions of his owniterary invention scared him off fro. Cover Artist A PedroGordon Carfax's troubles during a ecture when he suggested that Raymond Western's MEDIUM device wasn't contacting the spirits of the dead as claimed but that spirits were intelligences occupying the same space as ours but at right angles to it who're posing as human dead for sinister purposes His efforts to answer uestions from an unexpectedly huge audience ended in a riot catapu. ,
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*outrageous claims being *claims being nowadays of contact with the dead by means of audiovideo recording euipment claims which have The Magic Question led to the production of a few mediocre movies about the subject This novel by Farmer works from the premise that such contact may be possible Full review In disappointing fashion Traitor to the Living 1973 follows a similar pattern to Philip Jos Farmer s famous Hugo winning To Your Scattered Bodies Go 1971 the fascinating premise is bogged down by blank characters and repetitive action Despite my fervent conviction that To Your Scattered Bodies Go is one of the worst Best Novel Hugo winners and I ve read a majority of them and that the endlesslyaborious seuels are a complete waste of ink paper and time I gave It pains me to give a Farmer book only two stars but he really dropped the ball on this oneIt s a very noir feeling story dropped the ball on this oneIt s a very noir feeling story with a machine that can talk to the dead and the various people scrambling to control and explain itUnfortunately the noir conspiracy stuff takes over and drags on so all the interesting ideas about being able to talk to the dead are these really ghostssouls etc or something sinister and sci fi and the impact this would have on the world all seems to happen on the sidelines or get rushed through so the hero can sneak around playing detective and trying to get A Writer's Reference with Writing about Literature with 2009 MLA and 2010 APA Updates laidThen at the 34 mark the story takes a coolcreepy turn and Farmer wastes it then at the 99% mark the story dives into brutal tasteless and stupid and then rushes to an unsatisfying endingSo many good ideas wasted and the cast which is sympathetic yet flawed getittle screen time and end up becoming types rather than characters Not the best Farmer I ve read A number of intriguing ideas come up but never get satisfactorily explored Setting it in near future America means the action is mostly generated from private eye procedural style devices with a few arge cast action battle scenes thrown in but not fleshed out A few supporting characters come out of nowhere and you wish they hadn t particularly Hiekka the man hunting Valkyrie CIA agent The two eads are depressingly gender regressive even by Farmer standards perhaps a conseuence of the non fantastic settin. Ed accepting Western's invitation Patricia arrived She explained the circumstances of her father's mysterious death after he'd developed the MEDIUM prototype with Western's financial aid of attempts that had been made on her ife obstensibly on his orders after she threatened exposure Carfax decides to use his free demonstration to contact her father's spirit departs for LA his 1st meeting with Weste.