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Posted December 27, 2012
I loved this book! It was a fast read and it left me wanting more. Looking through the eyes of an aging woman who has had every procedure technology had to offer, she is given a whole new lease on life with an amazing procedure that puts her into a body of a teenager. With this new body she false victim to the desires that come with a budding teen.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 20, 2012
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A woman gets a new lease on life through the miracle of modern science, and ends up looking/feeling much younger than she really is. She ends up as a fugitive because she doesn't want to fulfill the contract that gave her this new youth. I loved the premise and Sterling was able to pull it off pretty well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 9, 2003
While the concept of this tales is intriguing there is little in this story to get heated up about. Mia Ziemann, an elderly 94 year old aristocrat, flees those who have given her one final chance at being young once again all because she would be force to be a bird in a guilded cage; but here's where the tale falls apart. While we are told she is being pursued by the medical police for having fled once the painful procedure that brought back her youth we, the readers, are left with an acute lack of tension as those who are chasing her remain unseen and unheard from for much of the tale. We are only given the perspective of the tale from one point of view, that being Mia. This quickly becomes slow and somewhat tiring as she reduntly and often speaks of her sense of wandering and drinking of various tinctures. The thrill of the chase was never established. Readers are in the dark as to any urgency on the part of those who are chasing Mia ... no glimpses into their efforts to bring her back to justice are ever explained or shown. While Holy Fire does pose the interesting questions as to what prices a person would pay for eternal youth and what would be done with this youth once it is obtained is quite interesting it does not truly go far enough to make an exciting tale of out of this story. Bruce Sterling exhibits excellent ideas which shine most noticeably in his short storied but his full-legnth novels are often left wanting for lack of proper build up of expectation and excitement.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.