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the traveler

 
 
Reply Thu 20 May, 2010 07:06 pm
the traveler by john twelve hawks is a sort of sci-fi book that touches on freedom, free will vs determinism, social control, and other planes of existence. this book is where i learned about jeremy bentham's panopticon, the idea plays a huge role in the book. it's the first book in a trilogy, i've read all three and absolutely love all three books. the last book, the golden city talks about political ideas completely relevant to right now, about different parties that are really the same but give people the illusion of change or choice.

the story is interesting, the characters are interesting and i think well developed, the writing is executed well, and the ideas, while not gone into in-depth, are there enough to make you think about them. the books are pretty quick read, not bogged down in over descriptive detail, not tedious. if nothing else, it is a fun read that does make you think about the current world we live in.

i would definitely recommend this book (actually, i would recommend all three.)
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