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The Sparrow

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

A Diamond in the Rough

This book, one of hundreds that I own, is by far the most grubby, beat up, and torn on my shelves! Russell has crafted a truly compelling and moral tale of love, faith, and humanity. And even with all of the deep material contained within its pages, The Sparrow is als...
This book, one of hundreds that I own, is by far the most grubby, beat up, and torn on my shelves! Russell has crafted a truly compelling and moral tale of love, faith, and humanity. And even with all of the deep material contained within its pages, The Sparrow is also a fantastic thriller; one to keep a reader gripping its covers too tightly while reading on a rainy day. The characters are superb; very relatable and real. The situations, though some are outside of our current reality, also seem realistic, and I found myself wondering how I myself would deal. A emotionally stunning read, one I recommend highly.

posted by SydneyH on February 18, 2009

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3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Um, I don't think so.

I'm sorry...but am I supposed to engage in a theological argument after a priest is raped and sodomized by aliens in Alpha Centauri? There was absolutely no need to torture/maim/rape the main character in order to make readers think about God, which was supposed to be t...
I'm sorry...but am I supposed to engage in a theological argument after a priest is raped and sodomized by aliens in Alpha Centauri? There was absolutely no need to torture/maim/rape the main character in order to make readers think about God, which was supposed to be the author's main idea. There are other ways, less disturbing ways, less outrageous ways to write a science fiction story. Also, I can't believe the book's editor: Over half the Spanish is wrong! I'm a native Spanish speaker and to see Spanish that was grammatically incorrect was very irritating (the author confuses the verbs 'ser' and 'estar'...an embarrassing beginner's error). Third of all, let's all travel on an asteroid (what?) to a nearby planet. Yes, that seems like a very good idea. There is no science basis to this idea to qualify this book under science fiction. More like science nonsense. Can't we at least get a space shuttle, spaceship, something that's more science fiction? Finally, a lot is said about the author's religious studies in the last few pages. Yet, the book doesn't distill any sensitivity and profundity that you would associate with such an author's background. On the contrary, we get a furry alien poet (with a tail!) raping a Jesuit priest...later this alien poet will write songs about the excitement of raping the priest with his fellow alien poets and these songs will reach Earth through radio waves! I'm sorry, but no. NO.

posted by Anonymous on July 30, 2005

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