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Dont think i wrote this review because i wanted to
on May 8, 2004
Hmmm... Now what can I say about this Nancy Farmer novel "The Ear, The Eye, and The Arm." Well, for starters, its a book. A science Fiction Book. Yep, nice summary there. But youre not here for the summary, you want my opinion. And if you dont, I dont care, just keep scrolling down.
Well, truth be told, reading is not my passion, and to go through a three hundred plus page book isnt my personal idea of fun, but this book wasnt half bad. So you've got your three rich children in the future who dont get out much, so they want to go to the city, alright, why not. But that wasn't why I decided to read it, how many times do you find a book set in the future thats not placed in New York City. I mean c'mon, seriously now you know its true. At least N.Farmer decided to put it in Zimbabwe, Africa in 2194. And how about those detectives, mutants, and not some guy in a trenchcoat. Sounds good already, doesn't it? But sadly, besides those points and a few others, this book follows the line of kids runaway, kids get kidnapped, kids miss mommy, daddy sends for help, hero saves the day. We're living in the future now for goodness sake, couldnt the kids at least have been abducted by aliens or something?
But don't think that it gets so much better after that. This book ran on, and on, and well, on. And I'm not just saying that because im too lazy to read an entire book or something along those lines. Read the book for yourself and youll see what I mean, the kids get so close to home, but darn, something just pops up out of nowhere and messes it up all over. Sure, you call them "super, duper, exciting twists and turns!", but alas, I can only take so much.
I must admit, there are the good details and ideas, a couple funny lines, and a talking monkey. So maybe I was being to Harsh on the General Matsika's little kiddies, but maybe I'm to harsh on everything. I really didn't mind the length all that much, but It did take awhile for the action to get going. But a slow beginning doesn't stop most people from continuing, so don't let it get to you. There will be plenty of mutants, robots, and plastic mines ahead. So be patient Young Grasshopper. Of Course, the settings and characters stand out too. Waste dumps to mansions, this book takes you there. Not to mention those character designs, although I thought if you were born with a huge disfiguring ear it would just get in the way, but no! Use it to solve mysteries! I was referring to The Ear, The Eye, and The Arm obviously, the title and our detectives, my kind of mutants.
So should you read this? The real question is, are you that bored? Just kidding, I'd call this a prime candidate for book report material and good catch for just something to read (if you're in to that sort of thing, that is.) Now sit back, pop open a cold one, and let the reading begin.