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The Human Blend (Tipping Point Series #1)

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  • Posted December 11, 2010

    Don't waste your time yet. Or money. It's not a full book.

    A book has an ending. Not this book, but all OTHER books in the world. A trilogy consists of 3 parts of a continuous story. The author always (as far as I know until NOW), has a mini wrap up ending to the individual books while still leaving the story open for the next one. Not here. I just finished The Human Blend and spent a good 20 minutes first yelling that I thought the book was defective and missing pages, then infuriated that I'd wasted my time getting into a story that's not done, then looking online to see if anyone else has this problem. I mean, it JUST ENDS. And the author, on his website, says he MEANT TO DO THAT.

    I quote, "It's always difficult when a trilogy is written as a single continuous narrative and the first and second books are not written with individual endings. "

    Yeah, because THAT'S NOT HOW YOU DO IT! I mean, if the first and second book have no individual endings, all you have is an incomplete book that somehow you managed to get published. Like, 'oh, I could use some money but I can't wait to FINISH this book, I'll just publish the first bit, say it will be a trilogy, write no ending, and collect a paycheck.'

    So, in short, if you MUST read this, wait till all three are out unless you're a glutton for abrupt and terrible non-end endings.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2010

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    A great new series if the first book is any indication

    Mankind bickered over whether climate change was voodoo until it became too late to stop the catastrophes that placed major port cities under the sea. In this new world order that includes Mars and Titan, still dependent on personal finances, humans choose between remaining a "natural" unmodified person and a "meld" altered with natural or mechanical augmentations.

    Two thieves work with a body parts dealer by killing victims and harvesting parts for resale on the black market. Their latest kill looks worth a fortune as the victim had an expensive prosthetic hand and a metallic thread attached to a data port. However, the cops interrupt their dealing, which leads to the two thugs fleeing separately; one with the hand and the other the thread.

    Dr. Ingrid Seastrom remains a natural whose career is thriving. She also performs the government mandated house calls where she treats a teenage girl with a bad meld; however, during her fixing the botched job Ingrid finds a miniature device implanted in the teen. She begins to study the gizmo that her patient did not know was inside her when she meets a patient Whispr the thief who has Police micro-tracking units and a thread inside him. The odd couple teams up on an investigation to learn the truth while also eluding the cops who are coming for them.

    The first Tipping Point futuristic science fiction mystery provides a strong world view, but that proves a two edged sword as Alan Dean Foster's vision is incredibly deep reaching literally to the bone marrow, but in turn it takes up more than half the book before accelerating. Whispr and Ingrid are a fascinating pairing, but so far obviously are not Pip and Flinx. Still in spite of the slow early pace, readers who prefer a fully developed setting will want to join the doctor and the thief as they investigate what is going on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2012

    Fun, topical near-future Sci-Fi read!

    Alan Dean Foster hits the mark yet again with "Human Blend", proving why he's been a NY Times best selling author. The story line plays off modern fears of Global Warming, genetic manipulation and the ever-present journalistic theme of "big bad corporations". ADF's writing style lends itself to an enjoyable, rather "easy' reading experience ... although the multiple global location settings sometimes result in quite a lot of characters to keep track of. Overall, I really liked this book. Rushed to read #2 in the "Tipping Point Trilogy" (Body, Inc.) and can't wait to read book #3 "The Sum of Her Parts" when it's released next year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Good read.

    The premise is awesome, the story line is good. I am glad I did not pick up the first book until a couple weeks ago. It will become a three volume single story. Book 2 does not hold up by itself as a single story. Even with it all I can hardly wait for book 3 to come out. I hope this story line closes out, I also hope there is a book 4, 5 and more, each a separate plot fitting into the whole. I

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    Great world building

    In what essentially is an unfinished mystery novel, Alan Dean Foster creates an intricate and fascinating world where body augmentation, both functional and aesthetic, is accepted. The book does not end in a tidy manner, but as it is billed as the first of a series, this could be expected. Looking forward to #2.

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