[bksvol-discuss] Re: A Submission

  • From: "k4zq" <k4zq@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 02:31:41 -0400

You didn't start with the best, but I ain't sellin' King anyway.

As for reading the book, gotta do something to put me to sleep in this 
stressed-out world.

Peace,
Ernie
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Evan Reese 
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Friday, August 25, 2006 6:11 PM
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: A Submission


  If it put you to sleep, why are you going to read the book?

  As far as King goes, the two I read were Carrie, and The dead Zone.  Carrie 
was only okay, and since it was - I think - his first novel, I cut him some 
slack on that one.  But I was especially disappointed with The Dead Zone.  He 
didn't really do anything interesting with the precognition angle compared to 
what Frank Herbert or Mike resnick did with it.  Besides, evil is so banal 
anyway.

    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: k4zq 
    To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Friday, August 25, 2006 2:30 PM
    Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: A Submission


    The Synopsis put me to sleep.  'Bout as good as Cliff Notes.  However, I've 
read a couple of books before, although, not too many, so I think I  can muddle 
through.

    Be careful what you say to me.  I got that reject button, you know.

    Sorry about Steve, Evan.  Apt Pupil is just a good addition for education 
in the dark side.

    Peace,
    Ernie
      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: Evan Reese 
      To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
      Sent: Friday, August 25, 2006 11:57 AM
      Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: A Submission


      It was just the left half of the dust jacket!  What do you mean long?  It 
fit in the submission form, so maybe you aren't getting enough sleep.  I just 
read through it again in a minute or so.  If you're having this much trouble 
with a synopsis, you may not want to tackle a whole book just yet. <grin>

      I read to of King's works, and I wasn't impressed with his writing 
ability.

        ----- Original Message ----- 
        From: k4zq 
        To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
        Sent: Friday, August 25, 2006 8:00 AM
        Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: A Submission


        Evan!

        Was that synopsis the entire book?  Thought I'd never get through it.  

        I'll go see if somebody already has it, and if not, I'll get it, then I 
can consult with you on it if I need.

        Btw, If you Ain't familiar with "Apt Pupil," it's an excellent 
contribution to your development as purely evil.

        Peace,
        Ernie
          ----- Original Message ----- 
          From: Evan Reese 
          To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
          Sent: Thursday, August 24, 2006 10:25 PM
          Subject: [bksvol-discuss] A Submission


          Well, I finally got it up there.  The book is called Transcension by 
Damien Broderick.  It is Science Fiction.  I hope the validator reads the 
comments I put in the form.  All of the chapter headings, as well as the title 
and author on the title page, are in lower-case letters.  I hope whomever 
doesn't decide that they are errors and "fix" them.

          Ironically, after all the recent talk about validators reading 
through submissions, I hope whoever does this one does the minimum, unless they 
are familiar with the book.  There are a number of other peculiarities in the 
book which might be taken as errors if someone doesn't notice their 
consistency.  For example, the chapter headings with Arabic numbers are 
followed by a space, a colon, another space, and then the chapter name, whereas 
those chapters starting with roman numerals are followed by a colon without the 
space.  I really enjoyed the book, but it was a lot of work to get into shape.

          For any who are interested, here is the synopsis from the dust jacket:

          Damien Broderick has been a leading Australian SF writer since the 
seventies, winning numerous awards. His novel The Dreaming Dragons was named 
one of the 100 best SF novels. His recent nonfiction book, The Spike, is a 
mind-stretching look at the wonders of the high-tech future. Now in 
Transcension, he brings to life one of the high-tech futures he imagined in The 
Spike, a 22nd-century Utopia pervaded by nanotechnology and ruled by a benign 
but coldly objective AI. Transcension may be Broderick's best book yet.

          Amanda is a brilliant violinist, a mathematical genius, and a rebel. 
Impatient for the adult status her society only grants at age thirty, but 
determined to have a real adventure first, she has repeatedly gotten into 
trouble and found herself in the courtroom of Magistrate Mohammed Abdel-Malek, 
the sole resurrectee from among those who were frozen in the early 21st 
century, the man whose mind was the seed for Aleph, the AI that rules this 
Utopia.

          Mathewmark is a real adolescent, living in the last place where they 
still exist, the reservation known as the Valley of the God of One's Choice, 
where those who have chosen faith over technology are allowed to live out their 
simpler lives. When Amanda determines that access to the valley is the key to 
the daring stunt she plans, it is Mathewmark she will have to lead into 
temptation.

          But just as Amanda, Mathewmark. and Abdel-Malek are struggling to 
find themselves and achieve their potentials, so is Aleph, and the AI's success 
will be a challenge to them and all of humanity.





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