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The Truth of Rain

The Truth of Rain

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by Jason Lee Smith
     
 

It is a time of violence and upheaval. After years of tyrannical rule that enforced clean living for the "good of society," there has come a time of liberation, both politically and sexually. Hedonism reigns, and new technology has pushed the limits of humanity. Those comforted by the conformity of the old rule find themselves unable to cope with the changes in

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It is a time of violence and upheaval. After years of tyrannical rule that enforced clean living for the "good of society," there has come a time of liberation, both politically and sexually. Hedonism reigns, and new technology has pushed the limits of humanity. Those comforted by the conformity of the old rule find themselves unable to cope with the changes in society and seek retribution through violence and terror. Injured by war, his faith destroyed by his family, Thomas Kerrigan finds himself in the heart of class war as his disintegrating life forces him deeper into the vice district. Among these pleasure sellers is a new breed of people: mixers. Genetically altered people, some no longer recognizably human, populate the brothels and clubs. For normal society, they epitomize human decadence; for Kerrigan they may rekindle his lost humanity, if he can survive the waves of terror heading their way.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604748611
Publisher:
Publish America
Publication date:
09/30/2008
Pages:
210
Sales rank:
1,210,402
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

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4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
readingaddict More than 1 year ago
The main character, Thomas Kerrigan finds himself in the heart of class war as his putrid life forces him deeper into the "vice district". Among these pleasure sellers is a new breed of people: mixers. Genetically altered people, some no longer recognizably human, populate the brothels and clubs. For normal society, they characterize human self-indulgence; for Kerrigan they rekindle his lost humanity. Awesome book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Honestly I knew right when I opened the book that I would love it, but have to admit I could not even imagine that I would get as hooked as I did. Just take my advice and hit it up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most thought provoking and intersting books I've read in a while, not to mention just plain moody. If you like noir mystery novels or speculative fiction this is for you
HinDC More than 1 year ago
The book was really good. I would recommend it to anyone. I usually fall asleep when I read, but with this book I had trouble putting it down to go to sleep.
Sara82 More than 1 year ago
Best book I've read in awhile. I don't usual enjoy the fantasy genre, but this one grabbed me and made me think. I've recommended it to all my friends. It's worth a look.
solocasino More than 1 year ago
Bizarre and noir it reminds me of the way old detective storries were written. THere's something about this storyh that makes me want a cup of coffee and a cigarette. I found myself picturing the story in shades of gray and blue, and laughing at the way the charecters play back and forth with their dialogue while bad things still happen.
literatigirl-42 More than 1 year ago
When my friend first told me about this i was skeptical. I don't normally like sci fi but she kept at me to read it and lent me her copy. I now own my own. That should tell you soemthing right there. It's sci fi in that it is in the future, but it really is about how people treat eachother and how people can self destruct if they don't 'know' themselves. I was only skeptical up until the first few pages then I couldn't put it down. my only complain is that there wasn't more of it, I want to hang out with those charecters some more.
BinaryDreamer More than 1 year ago
The book's setting (a near-future where human genetic enhancements aren't uncommon and where traditional vices such as drug use, prostitution, and the like are legalized) serves as an excellent framing for a discussion of the actual harm--and merit--inherent in these practices. The discussion of these topics alone in such a unique framing device alone make this a fascinating book for discussion. Unfortunately, I felt this was the only portion the author really shined in. Not to disparage the rest of the book, but beyond the afore-mentioned discussion, I would describe the book as merely adequate: the character interactions are fluid, but mundane; the pacing is par the course; the tone is satisfactory; the sub-plots are interesting, but not intriguing. With the exception of the central topic (and one particular character I'll get to in a bit), I would say this is a perfect example of an "average" book, if such a thing could be universally stated. Unfortunately, it doesn't take long to realize that the primary female protagonist (I would hesitate to refer to her as anything less, despite the author's intention) is a Mary-Sue/Author Avatar figure, existing less as an individual and more as a vocal piece for the author to explain exactly how he wants the reader to respond. She is depicted as particularly attractive, what few flaws she expresses are presented as positive traits, and the plot seems to revolve around her, with the intended protagonist simply along for the ride. This clear author-insertion is even more jarring, given the degree of realism and humanity every other character in the book presents. From my perspective, this heavily tarnished a great deal of the emotional impact of the book's romantic angle, as well. It also bears mention that the book climaxes at in an unusual, abrupt change of genre, which I found to be jarring and not in keeping with the rest of the book's style. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but simply not my cup of tea. Ultimately, I would recommend this book. Though the prevalence of the female lead does irritate me to no end, I find the book's open discussion of topics normally brushed to society's dark corners to be both insightful and entertaining. Certainly an excellent book to recommend to the philosopher who isn't put off by the book's science fiction element.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago