Quality crossover fiction worth a visit for non-SF devotees,
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This review is from: The Last Seminarian (Kindle Edition)
I was sent what on the face of it was a standard science fiction title to review. I don't normally review genre fiction but decided to give it a go as it looked reasonable, and I am very pleased that I did. Within a couple of pages I realised that I was reading a novel written by an experienced writer (but see caveat below), though in the absence of any other traceable fictional works, I presume that it must be in some other domain.
Set in an imaginary future, virtuoso computer programmer Bill has written his friends from the past into a virtual world where they are able to revisit and re-experience events, both joyous and painful, inside their Catholic seminary in the early 1970's. Most of the novel takes place there and is an irreverent look at the shenanigans of the young seminaries, few of whom have any real religious conviction. Mixed in with the fun and the irresponsibility of youth the friends argue about matters both existential and spiritual, and there are some (very intelligent) discussions about the existence of God. The writing is slick, the characters well-drawn, the technology believable and the narrative pace steady over a relatively long work.
On the down side, the text is littered with typos, the penalty of employing a spellcheck rather than a proof-reader. However, all are relatively minor and do not interrupt the flow.
The Last Seminarian is quality crossover fiction which is worth a visit for non-SF devotees. I wish, though, that the author would come out of the shadows and provide us with a potted biography, a paperback version and a follow up title.
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Initial post: 4 Nov 2013 18:23:50 GMT
Robert Damato says:
As of 10/17/2013, the novel has been reformatted and edited for errors. Thank you.
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