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Marilee J. Layman

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06:25 pm: Brain Plague by Joan Slonczewski
The basis for this book is that a tiny (requires microscope) people have been discovered and if you let them live in your brain, they'll help you. A starving artist wants the money from the experiment and chooses to have the micros put in her brain and doesn't ask enough questions. Things go wrong, then worse, then really bad. I found the micros very believable, a reasonable extrapolation from current science, as might be expected from Slonczewski. However, just about everything else in the book was not very believable, from the society to the government to how the micros were handled. I was uneasy through most of the book because things were so unlikely and then at the end, one of the characters suddenly finds out that the guy she's been in love with is [gasp] in love with her. Nothing like ending with a Harlequin. I think I might have enjoyed this story more if it had been written from the micro viewpoint.

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From:wild_patience
Date:December 3rd, 2006 01:10 am (UTC)
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Sort of like Horton Hears a Who for grown-ups?
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 3rd, 2006 01:22 am (UTC)
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Sort of. Other people believe in the micros because your eyes flash when you have them, but there are also micros that believe in a dictatorial communistic government and cause their hosts to be slaves (the brain plague of the title). So while the carriers with the good micros are in danger from others, so are the slaves with the bad micros.
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