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2.0 out of 5 stars
Religion? in the matrix, 23 Nov. 2004
Some of the scientific and philosophical essays were definitely worth a read. e.g. 'Are we living in the matrix' and how the kind of computing power required for the matrix is not so far away.
However the religious essays were total drivel. e.g. The Christian theme and how Neo is like Jesus. Give me a break. Did Jesus go around with big weapons? Or is Christianity a bit more complicated than that?
The link to the Matrix film was a bit tenuous in several of the essays, e.g. in one essay other science fiction is discussed but The matrix is only briefly mentioned.
I liked the matrix as a film but this book gives the impression that is a deep and meaningful film. It is not.
Overall I enjoyed a bit more than half the essays in the book. On the other hand a good proportion was such drivel that they don't deserve the paper they were printed on, so much so that I nearly abandoned the book halfway through. Other books can sustain a high level of quality throughout a selection of essays by different authors, so why not this one.
This book could have been improved greatly by a slightly rigorous editing or dare I say it commission some essays to fill the gaps where the quality was poor. In the end the book feels like a bit of a cash in on the enormous popularity of the Matrix.