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Don't Buy It!
on October 2, 2001
I HATE it when characters do stupid things and act out-of-character just to advance the plot. And that was both the main character and his ally telepath, over and over through the first part of the book. I wanted to reach in, grab them by the lapels, and scream some sense into them both.
Books are good illustrations of the society in which they were written. Verne's and Well's characters were stuffy and victorian, Heinlein's were all navy men (even the women), etc. Reading TDM I was appalled at the portrait of 50's America he painted. I couldn't recognize any common thread to today, or figure out how the country could have gotten to the twisted state he portrayed, or how we got where we are now if America was really like that in the 50's. I hate to say this, but I almost think Ayn Rand had some points if that's really how men treated women in our parents' generation.
While his use of non-traditional puntuation and typesetting for the mind games, music et al. were vaguely interesting (maybe only vaguely because it's been done since then and better), the lyrics and games were all annoyingly insipid, nerdy, and not credible.
So no, I can't say I much cared for the book.