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my amazon reviews for "alex and me" and "a crack in space"

2012-04-04 - 10:20 a.m.

I have decided that if I'm going to sell on Amazon, I need to be a little more active there, so I have posted a couple of reviews. Despite being famous for giving a critical review, I'm not really interested in negging other people's work. I'd rather focus on helping people find the good stuff. So anyway, a couple of reviews I have written…

Alex and Me, by Irene Pepperberg:

Dr. Pepperberg has a warm, personal style where she shares the actual experience of living with these intelligent birds -- the joys, the discoveries, and the heartbreak. This book is the real deal. We've followed the science of the Alex research for years. Now we really feel like we know the people and parrots behind the science. You get some insider information about how tough it is to do science in a "soft" science area, with no defense applications and no way to hustle big technology for big money. I'm still haunted by how difficult it was for Dr. Pepperberg to get decent funding to support the study of a form of intelligent life right here on earth. Will we do better when we meet intelligent life elsewhere in the universe? It truly makes me wonder.

A Crack in Space, by Philip K. Dick:

I thought I'd read them all, so when I found a new-to-me PKD work in my public library the other day, I made an assumption that it wouldn't be quality. Now that I've read it, I'm surprised that the work was "lost," because it really does send a cold chill down your spine from the opening scene. The first line of dialogue: "Sir, we want to be put to sleep." It's an overcrowded world with no hope and no jobs, where darker-skinned people are pressured by economic reality to have themselves put to sleep, maybe for hundreds of years. And maybe forever, since there's a powerful transplant surgeon stealing the organs of the sleeping to allow old rich white people to live for over 100 years. Dick's empathy for his characters and the terrible choices they feel forced to make really shines through in this one. Black former "news clown" Jim Briskin is running for president -- and, in this reality, he would be the first black U.S. president, so he has to make some pretty heavy promises to get anywhere in this openly racist (and sexist) society. I don't know if the book is so much plotted, as you hop, skip, and jump from various snapshots of this society in transition. But Briskin's journey from idealism to pragmatism is in many ways the heart of the story.

This book would be five star just for the wild action and concepts if written by any other writer of the day, but since I do think you should read the true classics like "The Man in the High Castle" first, I'll rate it at four stars. Not as a knock on the book but just to help out people who have limited time and might want to read only a few of PKD's books, instead of trying to tackle them all.

Also, be aware that the book was written in the 1960s, so it uses the language of that day. Negro, Col (colored), etcetera. If you're really offended by old-fashioned language, then avoid this book. But I think if you read with an open mind and an awareness of when it was written, you'll see the compassion in these pages.

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