Friday, March 23, 2012

The Canker Death: Review

From Goodreads:
When the reclusive, cynical systems administrator, Petor Fidelistro, discovers that one of his own servers has been cracked late one night, he makes it his personal business to track down the perpetrator. What his search uncovers thrusts him, unaware, into a mad shifting between worlds, time and alien minds. 

Fighting to keep his grip on reality, and forcing him to cope with his past, Petor finds himself uncontrollably transitioning between sentient minds that range from semi-conscious to dominant, from beings whose bodies and identities he can control, to those who control him so fully as to be unaware of his presence. As the story unfolds, Petor gathers clues in a twisting mystery that sends him shifting between the mourning child Nanzicwital; the golem giant Faskin; the lascivious, female ambassador Desidia; and Nokinis, an insane prisoner with whom Petor battles for mastery of his own memories. As he struggles to make sense of what is happening to him, Petor finds himself embroiled in the tumultuous upheaval of a ubiquitous society that transcends life, itself.

My Review:
This was a freaking weird book to read! And complicated, first with the computer jargon, to all the rest of the book, this book was just weird and complicated, and it was a pretty hard book for me to get into.

Yeah, the characters had some pretty weird names! But Peter is pulled into alien heads, so I guess that's to be expected. And the whole idea of that is pretty crazy and weird, I enjoyed reading about it, once I got through some things.

There almost seemed to be a conversation between the author and the reader, not in the normal sense, what with the conversations that Peter, or his bodies, had with him there, and they were questioning and deep, and yeah, that was what it was.

This was a really weird, but pretty OK book. If you like movies like that one, the space one, I think 2001, then this book would be fore you, I believe!

Author: James R. Bottino
Read: March 22nd, 2012
Source: Pump Up Your Book Virtual Tour Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded interesting!
Publisher: Septimus Press
Published: August 17th 2011
4/5 Hearts
3/5 Books
2.5/5 Stars

James R. Bottino is a self-admitted computer geek and a creative writing teacher rolled into one. He earned a BS in English Education from Illinois State University and taught high school English in a suburb of Chicago for several years. After teaching all day, he studied creative writing in graduate school at Northern Illinois University. All the while, though, in the deep corners of the night, when no one was looking, he led a double life hacking and building computers and networks. Eventually, unbeknownst to him, word of his activities leaked out, and employment offers started coming in. In the end, he switched his hobby with his profession and became a senior computer / networking administrator for a scientific research laboratory. Just six months into this position, however, tragedy struck when, at the age of 31, James was diagnosed with cancer. Given ten to one odds of living out the year and knowing that his infant daughter would never remember him if he died, he began the fight of his life, enduring massive doses of chemotherapy that killed the cancer but nearly killed him as well. After years of struggle, he survived, but only after enduring systemic nerve damage from the treatments that left him permanently photophobic, phonophobic and with frequent difficulty in using his hands. These events focused his efforts and helped him to prevail in his dual goals: being a father to his daughter and completing his first novel, The Canker Death. James currently lives in a suburb of Chicago, with his wife, daughter, two Australian cattle dogs and far, far too many books and abstruse computers.

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