A Review of Imago

Imago (Xenogenesis, #3)Imago by Octavia E. Butler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Impressive but somehow unsatisfying.

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A Review of Now, The Physics of Time

Now - The Physics of TimeNow – The Physics of Time by Richard A. Muller

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A wonderfully written book about deep subjects. Muller offers an explanation of time that I found feasible. The author does not prove his case, but that lack of hard physical proof is part of his argument. The explanatory power of physics is powerful but not total. There are things, important and real, that physics cannot address. Just as there are mathematical statements that may be true but cannot be proven with conventional mathematical methods.

Muller suggests that our perception of time is one of these true but not fully explainable experiences. The uncertainty principle makes it impossible to fully predict the future and thus gives us free will.

I cannot say that I understood everything in the book. I never do with this kind of book. But I understood more at the end of the book than at the beginning, and that is the point.

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Review: Soleri

Soleri
Soleri by Michael Johnston
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a good, but not a great read. All of the elements of epic fantasy are present, but the whole is not greater than than the sum of the parts. The story is well constructed, but the seams are quite visible. Nothing surprised me. The characters seem to go through the motions rather than come alive. The plot twists are interesting but not earth shattering. The language does not soar. This could have been much more than it was.

This is obviously the first of a series and I will probably read the follow-on books. I hope that the quality goes up. There are open questions that will draw me in.

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