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Smoke the toke that Jesus smoked ANGEL STICKS: Guaranteed noncarcinogenic
on 12 June 2014
This mostly light-hearted book begins with a woman being subjected to a rape and a beating in an effort to get information from her, but the tone taken makes it almost incidental. She is a courier for a large corporation and in fact is an AP (Artificial Person). Nothing bad can happen to her, however, because she is trained to withstand almost any kind of attack. Sister, perhaps to Lee Childs hero? Quite why we had to have a rape at this juncture soured the whole thing for me. No mention is made of any injuries, a quick visit to the corporation’s doctor, and she’s as good as new, in spite of having a nipple cut off. Okay, maybe Mr Heinlein has to get something off his mind. We are in the realm of fantasy edged with, when it comes to space travel, some nifty bits of techno-speak. But Friday, as she is called, isn’t real, so why should we invest our time in her?
There is a fairly interesting plot and a few escapades and I suppose it may enliven a dreary day, but I couldn’t get too interested in such a nebulous scenario. Let’s face it, if you have to have someone raped, the least you could try for might be a few doubts about the morality of the thing. The plot looks up a bit when Friday decides she will escape from almost certain death by losing herself on another planet. As far as I’m concerned she’s been on another planet all along.