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am 27. November 1998
This book is wonderful. it's about a monkey who is tied (figuer of speech) to his owner. It's the future. All the greatest people, and some of the not so great, have witness. Witness are animals who have been "enhanced". People somewhere haveput computer chips into them so they can understand and react to human speech. They are made to record their owners actions. They have pretty much a photographic memory, only with computer chips. they can download images onto a computer where they are saved for future generations to look at. That way people in the future can better understand and rember people of the past. The witness have one problem though. they are made to love their masters. When they finally get over that though (many years after they are enhanced) they are obviously mad. Who wouldn't be after realizing that your intire life was a fix. Back to the story, Lovelock is the monkey. His owner is going to go on a trip to a new world. They are a group of professional people who are going to try to colonize a new planet. Their family has a problem though. The husban is a adulter, his mother is so amazingly bitchy that durring the book I actully shouted at her. The husbands father is weak and wont stand up against his wife. They also have two little kids that are very prissy. Durring the book Lovelock starts realizing how he has been held pretty much in captivity. This book is about his incounters with mean, and nice people. It is also about the family he lives with. It is very well written with wonderfull ideas and charecters (you're going to want to hit the mother). OSC's style is wonderful to. A great read.
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am 14. August 1997
A thought provoking look at slavery and small town life on a colony ship. It has a appealing narrator, Lovelock, a sentient capuchin monkey, who acts as a prominent scientist's "witness". He has an unique prospective that keeps you interested.
The major flaw is the portrayal of life on a spaceship. So many of the supporting characters are unsympathetic and unlikable busybodies. It seems more like life in a small town in the 1940's, before television, when all there was to do was gossip. I would think that there would be a level of sophistication that is lacking in the supporting cast.
I understand that Ms. Kidd doesn't usually write science-fiction, but writes stories about small town life. It shows.
I had no problem with the open-endedness of the novel, that the professional reviewer did. After all, it says "Book 1 of the Mayflower Trilogy right on the cover! No one criticized "Fellowship of the Ring" for being open-ended.
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am 27. Oktober 1997
"Lovelock" tells a fairly mundane tale of an interplanetary "ark" from the point of view of an intellectually enhanced capuchin monkey. The monkey angle clearly works, and allows for an interesting examination of the line that we use to differentiate humanity, the soul, and the distinction between companion animals and slavery. With current advances in genetic engineering, the premise may not be that far removed from future reality. The small town aspect probably due to Kidd adds to Card's characterization, although two of the children of the colony, Peter and Diana are clearly reminiscent of Ender's brother and sister, and are likely Card's creation, and will surely play a more prominent role in the sequel. Indeed, the reason I came to amazon.com was to see if the sequel was published yet, and I am disappointed that it has not yet been.
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am 19. November 1998
This book is great. It incorporates todays life with a new world. I like that the SF part of the book isn't stressed. It focus's more on the people aspect (which I can relate to better). The ideas are still there though. this book keeps you thinking long after you put it down. It was wonderfully narrated and soem parts, though a little on the sick side, could not be left out and definetly helped the story. the plot is good, and ther is one. The realness of the story is very compeling. I've read all OSC's books many times, and this one is definetly in his top 3. You can check out more of his books at the Hatrack site. If you want to get there look up Orson Scott Card.
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am 26. März 1998
Orson Scott Card and Kathryn Kidd did a wonderful job of life from the view of a monkey named Lovelock. Though Lovelock is truly the 'hero' of the story, the human characters are a necessity. Lovelock seems to be the... person... we all want to be. Everybody thinks what Lovelock thinks, and how he feels. This is a very good book, I suggest and OSC fan reads it. I can't await the sequel. I've read the other critiques, and I noticed that not many (if any) people gave credit to Kathrynn Kidd. Remember, Card didn't do it himself, and if he did I believe the book would have been very different.
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am 2. Januar 1997
The collaborative effort by Orson Scott Card and Kathryn Kidd
produced a fun and imaginative book. Written from the unusual point
of view as a story in the fist person of one of the characters.
Card's style of character development and is quite evident. Although
some of the characters remind me a bit too much like characters
in an earlier novel. The humor of Lovelock's point of view is obviously
created by Kathryn Kidd. I feel that this is a strong collaborative
effort and the framwork is picked up by other authors.
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am 17. Dezember 1998
First, mea culpa, I buy everything by Card. I read this one and finished it wondering if I really wanted to read the rest of the trilogy. It was well written, the plot well developed, but all the characters were people (including Lovelock the monkey) I just prefer not to know or spend time with. Lovelock is very plausable. But his nature and his environment combine to drive him to become what I can only describe as a Charlie Manson character. I wonder how much of this book is Card and how much is Kidd.
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am 13. Januar 2000
I really like Orson Scott Card, and all his other stuff ranges from good to great. However, this is one of the two or three exceptions.
The book is essentially about a super-intelligent monkey who is trying to get laid. That's it. There really isn't anything more to this book than a monkey and his quest for sex (in outer space).
I mean, I've read books that are worse, but not a whole lot of them. Save your money for something entertaining, like anything from the Ender's series. =-)
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am 19. November 1996
I found this book to be entertaining and poignant. Normally a collaboration is somewhat less than either author is capable of; in this case, the book has become one of my favorites.
The fictional universe, created by Card and Kidd, provides an excellent framework for the story to develop. My favorite books inevitably leave me questioning some deep-seated belief or assumption I hold about life, the world around me, and my place in it.
This book left me questioning my humanity.
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am 8. November 1997
Lovelock was excellent, the collaboration has given OSC additional insight into what it's like to be a minority-species sentient among cheerfully biased majority-species sentients. I and several of my friends are becoming really annoyed at the spate of books that have been emerging from OSC's "garret," with no sequel to Lovelock! We have been left dangling. Rating goes down one point for each additional year of delay.
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