September 22, 2005


Jacky Treehorn


Excellent review. I have not read the work yet but I have read Saunder's previous stuff and it pointed in the deus ex machina direction. Maybe because he does not have answer but feels he has to offer one?

Very American.

Jacky Treehorn

Ray Barker

I thought this was a fair and accurate review. I have read the book and found something lacking, some quality that seemed in evidence in Saunders's previous works. Was it because, as the reviewer suggests, there wasn't a main character to like/relate to? A surface examination of the story finds language that, if not forced, at least seems uncomfortable. I wanted the language to be more playful and fun, instead of stuck in the cardboard phrasings of fable-ese. I eagerly await the Saunders short story collection scheduled for publication in May 2006: The Red Bow.

Brittany P.

I don't feel he is trying to give an answer, just pointing out the flaws at an exaggerated level so we get the message, as well as giving a pretty simple suggestion that would otherwise be obvious, except to leaders of the fighting countries. He doesn't want us to connect but observe through the different angles, and the see the absurd reasoning of a mad robot thing that brought his rampage, sort of like that of most tyrants.

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