Many of Foster's works have a strong element to them, often with an twist. This is a serial so while the end is somewhat complete for this story the reader is left with a sense there is a lot more to come and we'll have to check those out to find the rest of the story. Powerful forces have been searching for Whispr since he acquired the mysterious thread, and Jiminy has vanished. For fans of Westworld, Ex Machina, Ann Leckie's Imperial Raadch series, or Iain M. If I I am very glad that I got this book from the library as I would be very upset w myself if I had paid any amount of cash for it. Desperately, Walker searches for explanations, only to realize he's trapped in a horrifying nightmare that is all too real.
He delights in using words he's almost certain you'll never have read or heard before, and when you look up a word in your best dictionary you'll see that if it has four possible meanings, he's used it in a way to make the best use of all four. She loved him, fed him, taught him everything she knew - even let him keep the deadly flying snake he called Pip. Criminals are punished through genetic engineering and bodily manipulation - which poses profound questions about what it means to be human. While the characters and even the larger storyline are not entirely gripping elements in themselves, the landscape and society created by the author does intrigue me. While the characters and even the larger storyline are not entirely gripping elements in themselves, the landscape and society created by the author does intrigue me. The characters are also charming in their own way. On the run for his life, he is determined to find out what exactly he is holding and how he can make money off it to save his skin.
Bestselling science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in 1946, but raised mainly in California. That is my fairly major problem with this novel. While I did like Whispr, I wanted him to be more assertive. If you want to read this series, and I suggest you do, wait until all three are available on audio and then get them. Foster began his career as an author when a letter he sent to Arkham Collection was purchased by the editor and published in the magazine in 1968. The Human Blend is a science fiction adventure centered around a group of thieves living in a future where physical alterations and enhancements are an everyday common occurrence.
They plan to sell the hand. To assess the potential of the threat a high-powered team is dispatched to investigate. Seastrom, a very upstanding citizen. So, the writing was bad, the plot pitiful, the characters barely one-dimensional and he's no China Miéville. At this point I was questioning why I had picked up this book and the second book in the trilogy.
Foster's pen is as deft as ever, his worlds larger than life, and his characters multi-layered, fascinating and even amusing. Jiminy is killed leaving Whispr to fend for himself. The world Forster created is interesting but many things have not been explained because this book is the start of a series. I give it a 4½. Chance later deposits a wounded Whispr at the clinic of Dr. For a doctor who worked in this world you would have thought she would have been a little more used to crazy things happening. One of them, Whispr, named for his surgically engineered preternatural thinness, discovers an interesting artifact on their victim - a metallic silver thread that appears to be some kind of storage medium.
Clients can become exact duplicates of movie stars, athletes or anything else they can dream up. We later discover that Dr. In this interesting new world the direst predictions about global warming have come true. The next part of the novel is the cinematic influenced dance with death and destiny that brings Whispr through one desperate situation after another until he reaches the doorstep of the Dr Seastrom. This is advertised as the first in a trilogy.
This one won't get there. So begins a unique partnership. Now, I really like Alan Dean Foster. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. The decriptions continue like this throughout the book including a page long rant by one character describing how his name is pronounced Moh-Lay and not Mole. At first, that's a distraction but, once I became used to it, I actually found myself enjoying Foster's style here. It's kinda like a Borg spy novel.
In a dark alley in Savannah, Whispr and Jiminy murder what they take to be a random tourist in order to amputate and then fence his sophisticated artificial hand. The Human Blend is a science fiction adventure centered around a group of thieves living in a future where physical alterations and enhancements are an everyday common occurrence. Murder and mayhem now follow at a slight bit slower pace; the possible excuse for that being that the two together make a better team against those in pursuit. It's like Foster gave up somewhere or had to turn in an unfinished book to meet a deadline with the publisher. What Whispr holds in his possession could change things as they know it.
Foster doesn't establish why she has decided it's so important to solve this mystery, to such a degree that she leaves her comfortable civilian practice to follow a criminal around getting shot at. To view it, Spoiler alert! For years the old woman was his only family. The mystery was well plotted, the main characters nicely fleshed out, and the world so weird and full of life and beyond what I expected when I picked up the book. Also, while I know the readers are supposed to be rooting for Whisper and Ingrid to become a couple, Whisper's actions toward Ingrid are so creepy and inappropriate putting the patch on her, kissing her without her showing any sign that she had any kind of interest and then making repeated comments about how she looks and how much he is attracted to her after she's told him she has no interest that I want anything but that to happen. All Whispr wants to do is sell the thread, and when he offers to split the profits with Ingrid, she makes an astonishing discovery.