I just finished my 9th book of 2004--The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester. I loved it, but was confused by the ending. I was OK through the burning man jaunte through elsewhen--I could not figure out how they were going to explain that burning man that kept appearing, so the explanation was great. And I loved his coming to understand how pointless his revenge had been and what he deserved because of it. But the final trip back to Nomad? That part I couldn't figure. Will he become a prophet? A teacher? A holy man? Or will he stay locked in his contemplation? I know there's probably not an ANSWER for these questions, but what did you think?
Anyway, the rest of the book was a trip! So cool how the rich became less "technologically" adept because it became status to actually have the old means of transportation around. Great thoughts on how the ability to jaunte would change EVERYTHING. We forget how tied together things are.
I don't even really know why I HAD this book--I had gotten it at 1/2 Price
Books for Zteen, probably. My allergies have been wreaking havoc on my sleeping ability, so I was wandering the house and happened upon the book--just after the character Gully Foyle was an answer to last week's Friday Five. I read it in 2 days. It is interesting. I've never considered myself a Sci-Fi fan--about the only SF I have read is the Ender series by Orson Scott Card, and I think that series is genius. Maybe I'll have to try a little more SF?