Although set in the future, this book is more like high fantasy than sci-fi and technology is basically treated like magic. There are also strong mystical overtones throughout. I do like high fantasy, but that genre has to walk a fine line between earnestness and just pure silliness. I think this book is more of the latter than the former. The book is also told from the point of view of a single character and with 900 pages to get through the single reference point gets old fast, or at least it did for me.
Also, when reading this book I kept remembering David Brin’s brilliant polemic against elitism in Star Wars and our myths in general. I think a similar charge could be leveled at The Broken God.
A devastating account of the war on drugs in the US. If you think the current approach to the war on drugs is basically correct, you need to read this book. And if you don’t, this book will confirm your suspicions.
A good sci-fi adventure with interesting and well-drawn characters. The book leans more towards plot and character development than technological speculation.
A riveting account of United States history from the point of view of those not in power. A nice antidote to traditional histories that focus on politics, wars, and “great men”.
I love reading about the theory of evolution. Darwin’s first book which set the theory of evolution on its feet is still good reading after almost 150 years. The prose is more verbose than modern readers are used to, but the arguments and explanations presented are still clear and compelling.
Wilson effectively, and entertainingly, attacks “Natural Law” and other Absolute metaphysical systems of morality.
A well-written exposition of driver development under Linux, this book also makes a nice general introduction to the kernel.