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Elizabeth Dougherty is a science writer, a runner, and a former engineer who likes to cook and loves to eat, especially when it involves food she's grown herself. She lives and writes in an old house in central Massachusetts. The Blind Pig is her first novel.
on May 04, 2010 :
Having read “The Blind Pig”, downloaded from Smash Words, I was asked for a review of the book. This was my first time reading an entire novel on my laptop and I found it so easy and convenient. This futuristic novel is a very fast read, highly descriptive with loads of suspense.
The main character, Angela Anselm is likeable from the beginning, so much so that I missed her as the book came to a close. As the novel is set in 2060 much has evolved but human nature remains the same. Looks like greed and power are still around as well as naiveté.
The author’s futuristic insight about genetics, pharmacy and food is backed up with great description. The need to feed the masses and keep them healthy after a cataclysmic event is the driving force for many of the innovations in this novel. The “singers” were most unusual, a little frightening, definitely making me wonder where any processed meat is coming from today. I also want one of those head sets that let you see things on a screen with one eye while the other eye does different tasks.
Dialog about food with the “Cheaters” made me want to eat and cook something. However I cannot say I would like to see or eat something the “NARc” stirred up for me and my genetic needs of the day. Many of the author’s futuristic concepts about where agriculture, pharmacy, and genetics will be in 2060 seemed very plausible, making me think about where things are going in today’s world. The author has come up with some very thought provoking concepts in this regard making me take pause as I reach for those “dusty orange snacks” we all love.
I especially enjoyed some of the flashbacks to childhood memories of food, almost forgotten by Angela, as something good to hold onto. If I were to find myself in this time warp I think I would like to be a “Cheater”…right now I have to be content to be a “Foodie” on occasion.
I highly recommend this book not only as a good read but for awareness about what could be our future daily bread if we are not paying attention.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)