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Alton Bock enjoys telling stories about courageous people. He has long been inspired by people of principle, people who always choose the right course over the easy course. Alton's writing may delve into different genres of fiction and may explore themes of regret, loss-of-faith, and struggle against impossible odds, but at its core his work is always to highlight the benefits of being courageous and principled in all we do.
In addition to crafting stories, he enjoys gardening, playing piano, game development, and cycling. He lives in New Jersey with his adoring wife and four hilarious sons.
on Dec. 19, 2012 :
Genesis is a thought provoking time travel tale which explores the subject from several angles and character view points as the story goes on.
There are some good observations and interesting ideas in this book and you will likely find yourself wondering what you might want to go back and change given the chances these characters are given!
The characters of Jadzia and James were very well written and I found myself sympathising with them on several occasions. I couldn't quite take to Genesis herself, I thought she had a sort of alien quality to her that made her seem less human, though this was perhaps intentional.
All in all this is an enjoyable read and I agree with a previous reviewer that without taking away the impact of the darker content, there is actually nothing overtly offensive in this book, which is pretty impressive in itself.
(review of free book)
on May 23, 2012 :
If you like time travel stories focused on the ethics of time travel and how time traveling would affect reality, "Genesis" by Alton Bock is worth checking out—unless you can't stand reading about the Holocaust, because that's when a lot of the story takes place. I enjoyed the story despite not caring for the title character (Genesis).
The objectionable content is limited without producing a whitewashed story. (The sample pages give a good feel for what the book's like. Pretty much, if you object to a story acknowledging the fact that people do bad things, you won't like it. If you just don't want to see bad things explicitly described in graphic detail, there's nothing that I can recall in "Genesis" that'll bother you.)
Disclaimer: I read an earlier edition of this book. It's my understanding no significant changes were made between the edition I read and this one.
(reviewed the day of purchase)