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Fairly disappointing; poor pacing; not fun at all 1 de mayo de 2013
Por Big Bull - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Versión Kindle Compra verificada
This review is based on reading only half the book, 48% according to Kindle. So please take this with a hefty amount of salt. I'd like to think the book got better in the second half but I couldn't be arsed to continue.

One would think the book would work just on the premise alone: a future where America has been ravaged by a 2nd civil war; those on the battlefield are not humans but genetically crafted animal/human hybrids treated subhuman soldiering slaves to do mankind's bidding; technology has advanced to the point where cars run on autopilot; virtual worlds can be explored as near lifelike simulations; damaged or amputated limbs can be regrown, and scientists are attempting to properly transplant brains into complete cybernetic bodies. Now have one of those scientists have a horrible accident, but have his brain not placed into a robot body but instead that of a subhuman soldier who also happens to be on the opposite sex.

Halfway into this book and I feel like screaming to the author, "How do you screw that up?"

The focus and pacing of this book seems to be the culprit. Based on that description you'd think that this would a cerebral, gritty, somewhat bizarre and perhaps action-packed entry to the world of tomorrow. Instead why you're given are the methodical drama-ridden accounts of the main character's experiences in physical therapy all taking place the same nondescript scientific-medical facility.

Reading this, I understood the drama and pain such a situation would likely put someone into. The author clearly didn't think anyone would though, and thus felt the need to stretch it out for 10+ chapters (or possibly the whole story). I wouldn't be so naive to think that the main character would just drop all of their emotional baggage, but I wanted the main character to get up onto their feet and start exploring this world but can't so much the story is dedicated to them just learning how to walk.

"Which meant I couldn't do anything about neo rights, my marriage, or anything that really mattered. Add to that the fact that I was going a bit stir crazy, and my life really stank." (207)

Every so often you'll be given hints or small references to bigger things going on beyond the hospital. Again I'd like to think that eventually the book picks up but halfway through it really didn't seem like the author wasn't interested in really telling that type of story because doing so would make this drek actually entertaining.

This is the future? Because the future looks very boring.

The book is written in first person and does form of a memoir-like fashion which is fine, but due to the author's style, moments of introspection, example, and self reference come across as someone improperly breaking the 4th wall. The main character will speak to the reader(s) every so often but all this does is break the narrative flow. The pacing of events are far to drawn out the character lacks the style to truly create the mental picture of someone sitting down with you and telling you his story.

Typo's were a little too numerous for comfort but forgivable. I personally was more annoyed by the author's gratuitous overuse of the descriptor, 'thoughtful'.

Characters in this book range from somewhat flat to nearly non-existent. The main character of Todd and his therapist Shimada will have the same conversation again and again and again and again and again about his condition and how he needs to handle it. The expected sexual confusion and awkwardness of the main character's dilemma is either glossed over or reported in a dry uninteresting manner.

I will say the most attention-grabbing moments were those that directly related to the main characters issues with his wife. The author deserves credit for making me identify and even outrage alongside the characters based on that situation.

...and I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover but as someone who has experience 3d sculpting & modeling I have directly address the author of this book and tell him that your models and render look horrible. Head to Polycount, Gameartisans, CGSociety, or Deviant Art even and hire somebody. Please.

In summation, I was very disappointed by this book. A great premise seems to have been squandered by shoddy focus and bad execution. All of that interesting science fiction is boiled out and all that's left is something less worthy of a Lifetime Channel original movie.
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interspeiceis gender bender. 23 de noviembre de 2013
Por Joy F Friedberg - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Versión Kindle Compra verificada
Wow I just finished Face in the Mirror and can't wait to read the continuation. This is a fascinating story of human animal hybrids and one mans brain transplanted into a feline hybrid. Todd Hershal, after having his body mangled in a traffic accident is on life support. His wife ops for an experimental surgery to have his brain implanted in the head of a female cat hybrid solider, who was brain dead after a battle. Todd faces the daunting task of dealing with being a female and another species. His wife is repulsed by him, though she okay end the transplant. The story unfolds with the cruel treatment of the hybrids, their status as government property, no rights to their offspring, and lifetimes of servitude. Todd's unique situation will cause societal changes. This is a terrific imaginative sci fi. The story would make for a great discussion for a book group.
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I don't often re-read a book 12 de marzo de 2014
Por davewa - Publicado en Amazon.com
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So many books... so little time. So I must really like a book to re-read it. This is one of a very small number of eBooks on my Kindle (less than 2% of the total) that I have marked "save for re-reading". Of those, this is one of only half a dozen that I actually have re-read. I'd give it ten stars if I could. Well, except for the annoying transposition of "they're" <-> "their", "you're" <-> "your" and use of plural for possessive. But I can forgive the author for that to some extent because the story is beautifully done. Another reviewer complained about the pacing; I must disagree -- for me, the point of the story is entirely the exploration of what it means to be who you are. Is it morphology? Gender? Sexual orientation? Memories? All of the above? Or something else?

I love that kind of story. [Aside: I reviewed Bernard Doove's "Transformation", which has a similar theme.] Justin Leiber's "Beyond Humanity" was the first book I read -- three decades ago! -- that dealt with this theme and ever since I've been looking for another story that examined the topic to the degree of detail it deserves. This book emphatically does. The author has created a situation in which almost nothing of his protagonist remains the same and then asks "Is this a different person and if so by how much? And if the difference is significant, is this person still human?" -- and that's just an amazingly great concept for a science fiction novel.

When the story is told well the result is a book I will sing the praises of. This is such a book.
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Awkward....But hits on a lot of interesting things. 30 de octubre de 2013
Por BobBoberson - Publicado en Amazon.com
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Well first off being a guy I figured this might be a really really weird book to read, but one day I said what the heck why not and tried it out. Honestly I didn't want to set the book down once I got into it. Some parts of it are well beyond awkward, but having your body let alone gender changed on you without your knowing would make anything a bit awkward.

I suggest it. But be wary of possible overload of thoughts about this sort of thing in real life.
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Not bad 21 de octubre de 2012
Por DaggertheFox - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Versión Kindle Compra verificada
Aside from a few typos here and there, this appeared to be a professionally written work. The story is a fascinating take on what it means to be a person, done in a fashion similar to what I have written myself. I await Part 2 to with high hopes.

-DtF