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  • The characters are cardboard cut-outs, not even interesting enough to be caricatures

    • by Diane H

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      Okay, now I’m really annoyed at Orson Scott Card.

      Orson Scott Card is an extremely well-known and *good* science fiction writer. He did not write this book.

      Invasive Procedures is a novel based on a screenplay by Aaron Johnston which was based on a short story that Card wrote in 1977. It’s barely science fiction — basically it’s a medical thriller.

      Not that that, by

      itself, is a bad thing. I like medical thrillers. I just don’t like this one.

      It’s set in the near future (I guess), and there are unofficial medical people called Healers running around healing people. Some of them are bad people. The medical stuff involves organ transplants, retroviruses, gene manipulation, all of which are real things, and “brain downloading”, which is not. At least, not yet, and this book gives absolutely no clue as to how it might ever be possible. So, think of this book as science fiction without the science part.

      Well, all novels don’t have to be science fiction, right? There is such a thing as character development and absorbing plots, right? Not in this book. The characters are cardboard cut-outs, not even interesting enough to be caricatures. The ...

      • Invasive Procedures by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston
      plot is completely predictable — well, except for the places where you expect something to happen in order to make it *not* predictable. And, just so you won’t forget it in a hurry, the book goes on for 20 pages after the plot is over.

      What really irks me is that Orson Scott Card is not only a good writer himself, but he recognizes good writing

      in others. He’s an author who has done a great deal to help and encourage fledgling authors, and he clearly knows what good writing is. Yet, either out of greed, or because of a legal commitment he couldn’t get out of, he’s allowed his name to be placed prominently on the cover of the garbage. It will be a long time before I take another new Orson Scott Card off the shelves.

ben braker says :

do you think there could be a movie on Invasive procedure?
Opalina143 says :

Wow. I like Orson Scott Card, but this sounds awful. I can’t believe he agreed to have his name used that way. I hate it when famous authors put their names on books written by other people. It’s one of the reasons I totally stopped reading James Patterson
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