Official Review: Ten Directions by Samuel Winburn

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I can appreciate the difficulty of summarizing a complex sci-fi story. I can't even begin to imagine d' Jang's eleven heads. But at least I get "what the hell!"

Thanks for introducing a whole new world (oh, several of them!), ButterscotchCherrie!
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Miriam Molina wrote: 24 Jan 2018, 17:58 I can appreciate the difficulty of summarizing a complex sci-fi story. I can't even begin to imagine d' Jang's eleven heads. But at least I get "what the hell!"

Thanks for introducing a whole new world (oh, several of them!), ButterscotchCherrie!
That's right, there was so much in there that the review could easily have been twice as long. Thanks for your encouraging comment.
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I honestly looked at this book because it has a venerable monk who is meditating and I wondered what has that got to do with the book but the sense development is not a work of fiction though. Thanks for the details!
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Sahani Nimandra wrote: 25 Jan 2018, 23:23 I honestly looked at this book because it has a venerable monk who is meditating and I wondered what has that got to do with the book but the sense development is not a work of fiction though. Thanks for the details!
Yes, you're probably familiar with the Buddhist prayer that supplied the title. The monk is only one character, though Buddhist philosophy underpins the plot. Thanks for posting a reply!
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I like a good sci-fi bot not sure this one will make my ever growing list of books to read.
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Joy2thenations wrote: 28 Jan 2018, 01:25 I like a good sci-fi bot not sure this one will make my ever growing list of books to read.
This one's particularly good on the technical aspects, for example - but I know what you mean, so many books, so little time! Thanks for replying.
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ButterscotchCherrie wrote: 26 Jan 2018, 01:40
Sahani Nimandra wrote: 25 Jan 2018, 23:23 I honestly looked at this book because it has a venerable monk who is meditating and I wondered what has that got to do with the book but the sense development is not a work of fiction though. Thanks for the details!
Yes, you're probably familiar with the Buddhist prayer that supplied the title. The monk is only one character, though Buddhist philosophy underpins the plot. Thanks for posting a reply!
It would have been great if they had focus on the venerable monk! But the underpin of it does seem to make the book great.
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Sahani Nimandra wrote: 28 Jan 2018, 10:05
ButterscotchCherrie wrote: 26 Jan 2018, 01:40
Sahani Nimandra wrote: 25 Jan 2018, 23:23 I honestly looked at this book because it has a venerable monk who is meditating and I wondered what has that got to do with the book but the sense development is not a work of fiction though. Thanks for the details!
Yes, you're probably familiar with the Buddhist prayer that supplied the title. The monk is only one character, though Buddhist philosophy underpins the plot. Thanks for posting a reply!
It would have been great if they had focus on the venerable monk! But the underpin of it does seem to make the book great.
He is one of the characters - so he has different motivations from the others and no fear of death ...
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Sounds like a dystopian at its finest! Thanks for this thorough review!
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Amystl26 wrote: 31 Jan 2018, 10:21 Sounds like a dystopian at its finest! Thanks for this thorough review!
Yes, there is a lot of detail about the groups and systems on a degraded Earth. Thanks for your reply!
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A futuristic story with a Buddhist philosophy sounds original. I might like this book as I like science fiction and speculative fiction. Thanks for the review!
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Yolimari wrote: 04 Feb 2018, 13:26 A futuristic story with a Buddhist philosophy sounds original. I might like this book as I like science fiction and speculative fiction. Thanks for the review!
Yes, it's a good example of those genres. Thanks for your reply!
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I like reading science fiction and this book seems to bring a lot of new things to the table. I like the idea of a third eye in the forehead, like one the Hindu gods has. I'd like see what direction the story takes. Thank you for the review
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KamalK wrote: 06 Feb 2018, 03:33 I like reading science fiction and this book seems to bring a lot of new things to the table. I like the idea of a third eye in the forehead, like one the Hindu gods has. I'd like see what direction the story takes. Thank you for the review
The neurovisor is a device consisting of small wires that burrow into the wearer's brain. It is interesting that the author imagined this as being like the third eye - the mind's eye. It's a good story - enjoy!
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Thanks for the review whilst i liked the science fiction themes and concepts you mentioned the fact that this book has multiple protagonists and multiple perspectives does not fill me with confidence about the book. What makes it worse is your statement that the book should be condensed or trimmed as it seems like some parts are unnecessarily lengthy.

It is much easier to do multiple perspectives in film or television as the audience can see the settings of the multiple perspectives for themselves and do not have to rely on the author or character's interpretation.
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