on May 4, 2012 :
Mozart in a bear suit is an appropriate allegory for this book, which itself is hampered by fuzzy linear progress, and whose "missing opposable thumb" would be editing.
The idea itself is intriguing: Would the development of true artificial intelligence be used for good or evil? However, it's hard to tell what the exact position is that is set forth here. Characters are vague and undefined, plot digressions such as the "Intermissions" add more confusion to a time setting which is difficult to determine, or, in the case of a pillow, come into the story and are dismissed with no explanation or seeming connection.
There are also places where, it seems, notes were left by the author for later insertion of text ("Song lyrics?") and never rectified.
That's in addition to a number of typographical errors which should have been caught on a read-through.
This doesn't quite add up to a novel, but cleaned up and edited, could form a good, thought-provoking short story.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on May 3, 2012 :
It was just OK. Honestly, I skipped the last couple chapters to see if the ending had anything and was not surprised. Fans of Philip K Dick may be interested, at least those who have read everything of his.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on April 28, 2012 :
The book is okay. I thought the characters were kind of flat and not terribly realistic. There weren't any characters I could identify with. We are told that the book was meant to take place in the future, but it was unclear when exactly, and the characters referred to movies from the 1990s and nothing about the time they were living seemed any different from the present (people still drove cars and had mobile phones). There were some neat ideas about artificial intelligence, but nothing was really developed and there were some odd word choices and confusing grammar. In the introduction, Josh says everything happens for a reason, but there were things that seemed to happen for no reason and things that appeared for no reason, like the pillow. It just confused things for me.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)