- Tapa blanda: 508 páginas
- Editor: Createspace; Edición: 1 (13 de marzo de 2013)
- Colección: Reflections
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1482635828
- ISBN-13: 978-1482635829
The Face in the Mirror: a transhuman identity crisis: Volume 1 (Reflections) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 13 mar 2013
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What does it mean to be human?
imagine you're in a tragic accident.
You expect to die!
Instead, you awaken in a body that is not yours.
Not even your own species.
Not even your own gender.
In a desperate attempt to save your life your brain has been transplanted into the only body available, the body of a genetically engineered slave.
Everyone is quick to assure you that you are still “legally human,” but you know that when any stranger sees you they see property or perhaps a Frankenstenian abomination.
It is a transformation that causes Todd Herschel to reevaluate his sense of self, his gender identity, her sexual orientation, and how humanity relates to its biological creations.
If your brain is in a new body, whose soul do you have?
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Born in Salt Lake City Utah in 1970, I have been writing for most of my life but prior to 2012 only had research papers and technical documents published. A cancer survivor, my day job, ironically, used to be as a biologist in a lab that looks for genetic markers for hereditary cancer. When not working or writing I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter, reading, gaming and going to the movies. So far, my only published novels are The Face in the Mirror: a transhuman identity crisis and Chained Reflections. The first two volumes of my Reflections series. The third volume Reflections of Hope should be released some time in mid 2014. I also blog regularly, you can find me at http://trbrownauthor.hubpages.com/ talking about the science fiction and fantasy genre in general and giving book and movie reviews. I also sound off about sci-fi and fantasy on twitter @trbrownauthor If you're curious about parts of the setting that didn't get elaborated on in the text, or would like updates on how long you need to wait for the next book you can check out http://www.facebook.com/TheFaceInTheMirror. Constructive criticism can also be directed to that site, I'm always looking for ways to improve my writing. You can also find me online at http://rkbrown1800.wix.com/trbrownauthor. If you did enjoy my book please rate it and let your friends know. Even better submit a review and let everyone know.
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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.
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.
I suggest it. But be wary of possible overload of thoughts about this sort of thing in real life.