Abraham Lincoln's Lie

Rated 3.33/5 based on 4 reviews
Splitting America into two countries seemed like a good idea at the time. While the blue states manage to form a liberal utopia, their red state neighbors slowly collapse into chaos. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781466112247
About Scott Haworth

Scott was born in the wagon of a traveling show. His Momma used to dance for the money they'd throw. Pappa would do whatever he could... Well, not really. That would have been a lot more interesting though. He was actually born in the suburbs of Cleveland.

After existing for several more decades, Scott graduated from college in 2004 with a degree in history and political science. Six months later he decided he wanted to be a writer, which made the degree largely worthless. Oops.

Scott has written many novels in genres ranging from science fiction to political satire. He tried combining the two genres once, but he didn't think anyone would be interested in a sex scandal involving the President of Blargon 7.

When not writing, he enjoys being asleep.

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Reviews

Review by: breezywriter on March 31, 2013 :
When I started to read this book, I knew nothing about it but the title so thought it would be an historical novel set in Lincoln's time. When I realized it was contemporary, I was surprised but not displeased. I enjoyed the satire and humor of the book in the beginning; but as the novel progressed, it became way too heavey-handed and one-sided for my taste. It soon became nothing more than a liberal diatribe. I suppose if I agreed with the viewpoint I would have enjoyed it more, but even then I think I would have preferred a more balanced story. The book could use some editing for spelling and misplaced adjectives that don't seem to go with their nouns (can attire be promiscious?) but still, it's an unusual book and a quick read. I would imagine liberal readers will love it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dominic Shum on March 29, 2013 :
This book will be viewed by some as insane and the others thought provoking. Sometimes, we need to realize the extreme so that we can settle on moderation. The premise of the story is not as far fetched as it seems though. Good read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Wendy Justice on March 29, 2013 : (no rating)
As the book description states, this is a fun book if you're a liberal; probably not so enjoyable if you're aren't. However, the author brings up some interesting scenarios of what it would be like if the USA split into two countries - the "red states" and the "blue states." The blue states, called the Progressive States of America, or PSA, took up a government based on progressive causes - same-sex marriages, legalized marijuana, right-to-die laws, enhanced science and research and so on, while the United States of Ronald Reagan, or USRR, outlawed abortion, gun control, education became based on the bible, labor rights and unions were abolished, etc.

One flaw in the story is that there was no middle-ground. You had to choose which side you were on - the far-left or the far-right. Of course, most people fall somewhere in the middle, though we do tend to lean towards one ideology or the other. In any case, it was a fun book to read. What if both sides could pursue their agendas without any political opposition? What would it be like in five, ten, twenty or forty years later?

The book could have benefited from a bit of editing, especially in the last 25% or so. But it was a relatively minor flaw - overall, it was well-written and held my attention though the end (which was a little bit creepy, but you'll have to read the book to find out why!)

If I could give a half star, I would rate this book as 4.5.

I won a copy of this book through LibraryThing in exchange for agreeing to write a fair and unbiased review. I have never met the author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: S Wallen on Aug. 28, 2012 :
Well written, thought provoking, and interesting. Saddening too, yet there is some humor so it was not entirely dark. A timely piece of speculative fiction. I enjoyed it.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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