Saturday, August 23, 2008

Review of Darwin's Paradox

Aaron Wilson, book and story reviewer at the Soulless Machine, recently did an in-depth review of my science fiction eco-thriller, Darwin's Paradox by Dragon Moon Press.

"Munteanu’s idea of how humanity will evolve to be able to communicate with machines is a deeply fascinating one," said Aaron. "Munteanu’s prose is tightly woven and written without apologies for the complex language and scientific terms that are bounced around, which is refreshing. She assumes a smart reader, a reader not afraid to pick up a dictionary, or at least flip to the back of the book to see she included it in her glossary of terms. I particularly enjoyed the in depth discussion of Chaos Theory and how it played out in the plot."
Aaron ends with, "if you are interested in the evolution of the Human and AI, then this is a must for your collection."

If you're interested, go here for his review in its entirety. And while you're at it, you might want to read his reviews of some of my short stories (Butterfly in Peking, Julia's Gift, and Virtually Yours) or check out his reviews of stories and books by other writers.

The Soulless Machine is a great site for reading well-written reviews of the story, whether long or short. As his mission statement attests, Aaron is dedicated keep the short story alive. For instance, his latest post reviews a collection of short stories by William R. Potter called Lighting the Dark Side. Aaron also posts a good list of online short story sites (mostly science fiction) and websites of interest, as well as a good selection of what he calls "bookish blogs".

There aren't too many sites that devote themselves with such dedication to reviewing the short story form; partly because this form, sadly, isn't as popular with readers. The irony is that this form is often the most interesting, unique and sharply compelling ... skating the edge of mainstream with new ideas, sometimes outrageous, always diverting. I thank Aaron on behalf of all short story authors for his attention to this form.

This is what Aaron Wilson says about himself: "I live in Minneapolis with my loving wife, 9 to 5 Poet, two cats (one good and one bad)." I had to like him right away for that admission.

For a look at his publications, go here.

Nina Munteanu is an ecologist and internationally published author of novels, short stories and essays. She coaches writers and teaches writing at George Brown College and the University of Toronto. For more about Nina’s coaching & workshops visit Visit for more about her writing.


Jean-Luc Picard said...

It must be such a buzz to have your own work reviewed, Nina.

sfgirl said...

LOL! It is, Jean-luc, especially when it's a favorable review. Thanks, Aaron!

Aaron M. Wilson said...

Wow. Thank you for your kind words about The Soulless Machine Review.

I have to say that the bad cat has been very bad lately. We had to keep him in our bedroom all day Sunday trying to get him to pee in a special bag. We need a urine sample from him to make sure that he is okay. We gave up about 1am this morning. However, my wife, in a fit of brilliance caught his pee in a cup as he went in his regular box. Wow, I think that was TMI.

Again, nice work with the novel. When are you expecting the next one?


sfgirl said...

LOL! Great story about your "bad" cat, Aaron. Dogs are so much more cooperative...Your wife saved the day with a fast hand, though! (okay, yup, TMI)...

You asked about my next novel(s)? Well, two are with publishers and I expect to hear from them soon. I'm also writing a screenplay on the prequel to Darwin (a suggestion by a filmmaker who had read Darwin). Meantime, I will soon be putting out a companion modular guide to my current lecture series on writing. The guide is geared for beginning writers but will be very useful to anyone interested in writing.