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The Gaia War Paperback – Nov 1995

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mm) (November 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380778734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380778737
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f1243a8) out of 5 stars better and more original than the 5th element Oct. 25 1999
By Leo W.J. Bentvelzen ( - Published on
As I suggest in the title: the theme is comparable to the film "the fifth element": a beautiful woman is synthesized out of energy and some organics and she is there to save the world. But the book is writen very humoristic, and the writer has excellent creative ideas about how the world (and the rest) is built. The next book: Mind surfing, should be the next book to read. The book is writen in a way that a movie must be made from it, and in my mind i've already seen it. Beautiful!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f1247b0) out of 5 stars Irritating character, irritating footnotes Jan. 20 2013
By Douglas A Linger - Published on
The Earth is in trouble. But Alan Fain has a cure, or so he says. He has some goop left over from the last book, Mind-Surfer, that has some weird pro-life qualities. He intends to use it... somehow, to do... something. And he wants Lew to help.

Almost the first thing I noticed about this book is that it uses footnotes. I hate footnotes. They simply do not belong in fiction, unless they are used for humor like Terry Pratchett does so well. These are definitely not done for humor. Indeed, most of them are used to plug the previous book. "For more details, read Mind-Surfer," type of plugs. Why not just give us a paragraph here? Are you really that desperate for royalties?

But, like I said, that was only almost the first thing I noticed. The very first thing was that Alan was pretty far gone. The opening conversation, page one, showed him pretty clearly as a nutball trying very hard to be deep. But he's deep in a tenth-grade kind of way. "Life and death are the same coin! Just opposite sides! Wow!" Oh, yeah, sing it! You're a genius, Alan. The conversation a few pages later in the burrito joint only reinforces that impression. The basic image I have of Alan is of a street-corner preacher: loud, singleminded, obnoxious. Now imagine that preacher was shouting not Christian values but new-age ones and the Gaia theory, and you can see why I found him annoying.

I did not get far into this book. I just found the character to be too damn annoying. If I ever met him in real life and he started in on that crap, I'd do my best to change the subject and never return to it. If I couldn't do that, I'd avoid him. Since I can't change the subject of a book that's already written, I'm left with the latter option, which I took. Somewhere around page twenty, I closed the book for good.
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HASH(0x9f124828) out of 5 stars Disappointing March 22 2002
By Paul Guinnessy - Published on
After reading a review of this book I bought it in the expectation it would be a similar mixture to the fifth element. Instead its full of mystic mumbo jumbo that's not even interesting to read. The style of the writing is very simplestic, with heavy references to early books by the same author. Other readers seeking well written books on similar topics will be better off reading Greg Egan.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f124bb8) out of 5 stars Not Free SF Readernot free sf reader,n Sept. 3 2007
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A quite poor attempt at a story that has been done before.

A woman ends up being created to save the world due to an obsession, but is that what she is really up to?

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