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  • Posted August 30, 2013

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    The Curios­ity by Stephen P. Kier­nan is a first novel by this a

    The Curios­ity by Stephen P. Kier­nan is a first novel by this award win­ning jour­nal­ist. Mr. Kier­nan has pre­vi­ously writ­ten two non-fiction books.

    On an Arc­tic expe­di­tion, Dr. Kate Philo dis­cov­ers the body of a man who was flash frozen deep in ice. In what could only be con­sid­ered excep­tional sci­ence with a bit of luck, the man, Judge Jere­miah Rice was brought back to life after being dead for more than a century.

    Dr. Kate joins Judge Rice as he learns more about this new soci­ety, while the project’s direc­tor Dr. Eras­tus Carthage tries to exploit the Lazarus Project and Judge Rice for as long as he can.
    And time is run­ning out quickly.

    The Curios­ity by Stephen P. Kier­nan is a social com­men­tary at its core. The eth­i­cal dilem­mas (or lack there of) which rais­ing the dead brings with it are enor­mous, the fab­u­lous sci­ence, out­right hatred, skep­ti­cism and look­ing at soci­ety through new eyes are dis­cussed with­out prej­u­dice, let­ting the reader digest the material.

    The book does not present any answers ques­tions, as dif­fi­cult as they may be. Since the book doesn’t present many answers, I believe it would make an excel­lent choice for a book club. The book exam­ines our media dri­ven cul­ture, ethics, reli­gion and where med­ical & busi­ness inter­cede, the dilem­mas behind such a union and other themes.

    The book is an excit­ing and engag­ing read from start to fin­ish. There are clues at the start which one has to keep in mind while read­ing the book and at the end which, in my opin­ion, make the story more engag­ing. I also loved the way the story is told through mul­ti­ple points of view, Dr. Kate Philo – a sci­en­tist and human­i­tar­ian, Eras­tus Carthage– head of the project, Dixon — a reporter, and Judge Jere­miah Rice – the man brought back to life.

    The char­ac­ter of Eras­tus Carthage stood out for me; he was just much fun to read through. Dr. Carthage is an ego­tis­ti­cal, self-centered ass who is a gen­uine genius through and through. The chap­ters told through his eyes are both hilar­i­ous and dis­turb­ing, the inner thoughts of a man who knows he is the smartest man in the room and views every­one else as men­tal midgets (includ­ing other geniuses) are funny and con­de­scend­ing. The reader also gets a look into Carthage’s mind when he is out­played by oth­ers which leads to inter­est­ing insights and dis­cus­sion points.

    As a fan of his­tory, my only dis­ap­point­ment was the lack of his­to­ri­ans flock­ing Judge Rice when he was awaken. I’m sure his­to­ri­ans would have been stand­ing in line to get a first­hand account of the late 1800’s, and how soci­ety viewed itself then as opposed to being judged by today’s stan­dards. How we are judged by the stan­dards of yore we get through the obser­va­tions of Rice.

    The Curios­ity is a very enjoy­able and inter­est­ing novel. There is a lot going on, in and for this book start­ing at the premise and end­ing at the storytelling.

    Dis­claimer: I got this book for free

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    Posted July 20, 2013

    A decent read


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