Official Review: Ten Directions by Samuel Winburn

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Re: Official Review: Ten Directions by Samuel Winburn

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I'm not really a fan of science fiction but i would love to give it a try

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This book really sounds fascinating. I would love to start reading it. Thanks for the review

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A book combining Buddhist ideas with the far-flung depths of space sounds like it has the potential to absorb me and give me inspiration. Thank you for this review. I will be putting this book on my to read shelf!

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I like science fiction as well as spiritual books. This one seems to address both themes, with a protagonist that has a Buddhist outlook. It's a pity there are punctuation, spelling, and grammatical errors. Those really put me off. Anyway, it seems as if I might enjoy this book. Thanks for the review!

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This piece of science fiction sounds very intricate. Technology can be very helpful at times, but eventually it reaches the fine like between helpful and detrimental. Taking place in space and being told from different perspectives make this book sound imaginative.

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This sounds really unique! I would love to dive right in!

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The impressive review of Ten Directions by Samuel Winburn provides not only a comprehensive summary of the book, but also a vivid description of the characters. Science fiction does not appeal to me, but I thought this book might be different. Its beautiful cover certainly attracted my attention, but turned out to be what I liked most about the book. It seemed as if too many characters were introduced too quickly into a setting I had difficulty understanding. The combination of advanced technology in a future world finally realizing the importance of ecology, plus a Buddhist monk will certainly attract science fiction fans.

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This sounds like an intense and captivating novel. I do love science fiction, especially when there is humor mixed in with it. This was a wonderful review!

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I don't enjoy science fiction much, but I think some topics touched in this book are important, such as ecological destruction, empathy, and meditation. I'm glad there are strong female characters, although a first-person perspective might have been interesting.
Thank you for your thorough review.

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Oh boy, following d'Jang's instructions could cause a black hole? Exploring the purpose of human life and whether progress toward visiting other planets has made people happy sounds like heavy topics to discuss. Being told in different perspectives can definitely be a great way to tell a story. Proximity Malaise Syndrome sounds like an interesting add-in to the story, and Calvin30 doesn't seem to one to trust as he takes away the black hole message. Glad you found the future technology in the book to be creative and that there were strong female characters. Too bad that you felt distant from the characters, that points were tiring to read, and that there were errors here. However, it's good to know that you found the writing to be done well. As I'm not a fan of science fiction and having a spiritually-evolved person in the text, I don't think this is for me. Glad you enjoyed it though and thanks for sharing!
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Just reading the review you can tell how imaginative this book is. Like what is this story?? My brain is going in ten directions just trying to absorb it. Sounds very unique. I would have never guessed all of this was going on behind the cover.

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I like the originality of science-fiction mixed with a Buddhist outlook!

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That's a lot of character. Good to know that there is humor sprinkled in this book I am not really a fan of dystopia so I'm not sure about this. Great review!

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This one sounds too long, too complex and far too much sci-fi for my taste. But if you are a fan of this genre it looks like the author has created a unique reading experience. I like the idea of Buddhist teachings incorporated into the story.

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It seems as though there is a lot going on in this book but the world is described in enough detail to make it all fit.

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