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 Post subject: Gnosis, Book One, Spread - Amazon Kindle. Catholic Sci-Fi?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 9:16 pm 
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Hello all. New here and still exploring the the site.

Found this on Amazon Kindle. Strange book. I think the guy's a catholic. Seems to be reacting to polarised views on human origins and the whole God Vs Science thing. It's kind of Sci-fi/fantacy but using Genesis and the Fall as a springboard for playing with ideas. Definitely the first time I've read anything in the Science fiction genre that has characters discussing transubstantiation and the ontological argument!

It's a little different - would be interesting to see what anyone else thinks of it. There is some use of bad language in it (which I think could have been avoided) and it seems a little odd in the way it's paced at times but overall I found it interesting.


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 Post subject: Re: Gnosis, Book One, Spread - Amazon Kindle. Catholic Sci-F
PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:31 am 
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mmm... Doubt he's orthodox if Catholic.... looks like he's mixing belief systems....

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 Post subject: Re: Gnosis, Book One, Spread - Amazon Kindle. Catholic Sci-F
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mmm... Doubt he's orthodox if Catholic.... looks like he's mixing belief systems....


That's what I thought. But one of the main characters is actually orthodox theologically. He seems to be drawing a parallel between Gnosticism and modernity (in particular the belief in science as an exclusive route to truth) and older sects obsessed with hidden knowledge as a route to salvation. The fantasy element is barely developed but seems to be a device to explore sociological/moral implications of Genesis and the fall.


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 Post subject: Re: Gnosis, Book One, Spread - Amazon Kindle. Catholic Sci-F
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Downloaded the free sample.

I used to like the Sci Fi Catholic blog, seems to be unmaintained now :(

Did like some of the stories in a couple of anthologies called "Infinite Space, Infinite God". There was some unorthodox stuff, some silly stuff and a couple of gems.

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 Post subject: Re: Gnosis, Book One, Spread - Amazon Kindle. Catholic Sci-F
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Ech. First chapter put the nail in the coffin for me. If it were a story written by a 13 year old friend, I'd read more.

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Ech. First chapter put the nail in the coffin for me. If it were a story written by a 13 year old friend, I'd read more.


:laughhard It's no Dostoevsky I suppose. I enjoyed it though (that must say a lot about me!). What did you find so awful about it?


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Ech. First chapter put the nail in the coffin for me. If it were a story written by a 13 year old friend, I'd read more.


:laughhard It's no Dostoevsky I suppose. I enjoyed it though (that must say a lot about me!). What did you find so awful about it?


I've 13 year old friends who can out write the author. It was painful to read. I have so many books and so little time, cannot spend hours drudging through (this is from memory, so pardon me if I get it a bit wrong) "A brand new, off white, Mercedes S Class pulled into the station."

Kindle publishing is a double edged world, to mix a metaphor.

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 Post subject: Re: Gnosis, Book One, Spread - Amazon Kindle. Catholic Sci-F
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kage_ar wrote:
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kage_ar wrote:
Ech. First chapter put the nail in the coffin for me. If it were a story written by a 13 year old friend, I'd read more.


:laughhard It's no Dostoevsky I suppose. I enjoyed it though (that must say a lot about me!). What did you find so awful about it?


I've 13 year old friends who can out write the author. It was painful to read. I have so many books and so little time, cannot spend hours drudging through (this is from memory, so pardon me if I get it a bit wrong) "A brand new, off white, Mercedes S Class pulled into the station."

Kindle publishing is a double edged world, to mix a metaphor.



Yeah, I thought the same but I think Mercedes do sell the S Class in off white, on Continental Europe. :laughhard


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