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My mini review/feedback to Mr. Bakker-minor ending spoilers posted 06 August 2008 in NeuropathMy mini review/feedback to Mr. Bakker-minor ending spoilers by Callan S., Auditor

I dunno. I don't read alot of thrillers, so I was comparing the structure to the VI Washowski books by Sara Paretski. In those often solid blocks are devoted to either contemplating the killers motives, VI's past or some other characters past. In neuropath, the arguement is both motive, the protagonists past and the antagonists past.

However, it's not really put into practical terms for the characters (and thus, it isn't put directly into practical terms for the reader). Indeed, I thought the conversations were unrealistic in how people would just sit and listen to Bible, for the most part. People don't - and it's in their protestations of "What the hell has that got to do with me?", etc that an author can mix in the practical low down of how it affects characters, and thus we, the readers, can see those boilerplates blend in. Scott once said he'd been 'institutionalised', as in being too used to being in an institution. I think he's a bit too used to people sitting quietly and putting effort into making some practical sense of what he says, rather than speaking and having to make his arguement earn its supper, so to speak, right from the very first words and all the way through to the end.

But even so, I think they were intrinsic to the story - they aren't disconnected philosophical trivia, they are the motive itself - even the modus operandi, to an extent. Scott could have blended them in better, but the science exposition would still be there - it'd just blend in more. The science exposition isn't a fault, IMO, it's the blending that faultered. But frankly in just about all authors I usually see a fault I forgive, in order to better grasp what their getting at. But that may be my own preferance, as the authors communication is in the end, most important with me. So as long as that communication happens, a few lumps and bumps along the way are forgiven (like you might forgive my spelling! <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> ). view post


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