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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Fun house

Reading Obedience is similar to walking through a fun house full of distorting mirrors and churning floors. The premise is a simple one. Professor Williams presents his logic class with a single assignment: to prevent a murder that will otherwise happen when the course ...
Reading Obedience is similar to walking through a fun house full of distorting mirrors and churning floors. The premise is a simple one. Professor Williams presents his logic class with a single assignment: to prevent a murder that will otherwise happen when the course ends. As the students begin to ponder the clues that Williams doles out piecemeal, they grow increasingly uncomfortable with the strangeness of the scenario, and little by little, their abilities to maintain a grasp on reality begin to shred. A few of the students become obsessed, and it is their experiences that form the nucleus of this complicated, sinuous mystery.

There are some contrivances in this plot, but basically, it holds together well, and the reader, if willing, can be easily drawn into the general aura of apprehension that permeates this tale. It's difficult to perceive what logic has to do with the puzzle, but ethics - or lack thereof - do play a prominent role. Obedience is a strong first novel, and I look forward to Lavender's next outing.

posted by katknit on July 19, 2009

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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What a thin, lifeless and airless work this is! The characters are arbitrary, inconsistent and shallow, manipulated throughout by the author to accommodate a plot too obviously impressed with it's own 'cleverness.' And it is a cleverness that exists only in the autho...
What a thin, lifeless and airless work this is! The characters are arbitrary, inconsistent and shallow, manipulated throughout by the author to accommodate a plot too obviously impressed with it's own 'cleverness.' And it is a cleverness that exists only in the author's mind. I persevered through this book only because, after reading a positive review in the NY Times, I was sure that there had to be a payoff. Alas, the end was as unsatisfying and unsuccessful as the begining and the endless middle!

posted by Anonymous on April 4, 2008

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  • Posted July 19, 2009

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    Fun house

    Reading Obedience is similar to walking through a fun house full of distorting mirrors and churning floors. The premise is a simple one. Professor Williams presents his logic class with a single assignment: to prevent a murder that will otherwise happen when the course ends. As the students begin to ponder the clues that Williams doles out piecemeal, they grow increasingly uncomfortable with the strangeness of the scenario, and little by little, their abilities to maintain a grasp on reality begin to shred. A few of the students become obsessed, and it is their experiences that form the nucleus of this complicated, sinuous mystery.

    There are some contrivances in this plot, but basically, it holds together well, and the reader, if willing, can be easily drawn into the general aura of apprehension that permeates this tale. It's difficult to perceive what logic has to do with the puzzle, but ethics - or lack thereof - do play a prominent role. Obedience is a strong first novel, and I look forward to Lavender's next outing.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    Interesting Book

    I enjoyed reading this book. I tend to find these book predictable but in this case I was wrong. I like the characters and I like the fact that I was wrong in my assumptions on what was going on. It held my interest.It is a good read for a rainy day or while on vacation.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

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    Ending is disappointing

    While I recommend this book for its multi-layered and suspenseful plot, the ending is a bit disappointing. Nevertheless, I think it is worth the read and I am looking forward to Lavender's next book! Read more of my mini reviews on twitter!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2009

    Excellent plot keeps you guessing!

    I was impressed by the book. I had never read anything by Will Lavender an d it's not typically the genre I would choose first, but the plot sounded interested.

    Throughout the book you are kept guessing as to what is going to happen next. I read the whole book in one day because I really wanted to know. And although I thought I had figured it all out, I was totally shocked by the ending. I never, ever expected it to end as it did.

    Obedience is thrilling, thought provoking, dramatic, and keeps you guessing. I'd highly recommend it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2008

    Definite Page Turner

    I thought this book was great. Definitely a page turner and worth reading. The twists and turns are amazing and kept me guessing up until the end. I will definitely be watching for his next novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2011

    Edge of the Seat Reader!

    You will not be able to put this book down. It is one book that you will not be able to figure out the ending until the actual end!!! So many good and exciting twist and turns! Can't wait until Lavender's next book is released July 5th!

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