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Darwin’s Paradox Reviewed by Tricia M Foster

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The Victor Frankl quote at the front of the book, “What is to give light must endure burning,” is the first indication of the numerous paradoxical references you’ll find throughout the book, as Munteanu sets the stage for a story on the verge of transcending its genre…

Blurring the line between good and evil, Munteanu creates characters as paradoxical as the storyline itself…

Darwin’s Paradox also boasts a cast of exceptionally strong and complex women whose relationships intertwine and evolve like the deadly virus that binds them together. From the chair of the governing body, to Julie’s daughter, each of these characters serve pivotal roles throughout the book…

To give it depth, Munteanu has built her eco-thriller on a solid foundation of natural philosophy and symbolic allusions that meld pulp fiction with literary sensibilities. In doing so, Darwin’s Paradox delivers a story that is both entertaining and metaphoric, creating a layered effect that will engage even finicky readers…

Allusions to the French utopian movement founded by Etienne Cabet and the 19th century anti-industrial movement in Great Britian, underscore the conflict between nature and technology, while references to cooperative rather than competitive evolution hints at possible resolution…

Munteanu’s vision of the future is both frightening and inspiring, embracing the dark/light dichotomy dominating Darwin’s Paradox. Icaria’s vee-set wearing society, with their mechanical movements and vacant stares, resembles the disconnected iPod population of today. The contrast between the sterile environments of glass towers and the rubble of the inner city mirrors our own growing economic tensions. But just as Prometheus stole fire from Zeus and gave it to mortal man, Julia Crane carries the key that can transform civilization as we know it…

Darwin’s Paradox is a fascinating look into the future where man ceases his attempt to subjugate nature, while embracing its ability to adapt…

Darwin’s Paradox is on sale now at leading bookstores and at amazon.com.

Read the whole review at Tricia M Foster: Mythmaker and Creative Writer.


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The whole world is evolving! Look who’s reading Darwin…Rick LeBlanc

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Rick reads Darwin in his favorite place

People from all over the world are evolving with Darwin’s Paradox…. Artists, construction workers, teachers, students, healers, entrepreneurs, councilors, and shop-keepers … all journeying together toward the singularity. Look who’s reading Darwin today:

Rick LeBlanc is an Account Manager and Senior Customer Service Trainer in computer software with a company in Alberta, Canada. I met Rick several years ago at a science fiction convention; he was carrying a nice camera over his shoulder and knew how to use it.

Rick LeBlanc’s Twitter page says he’s “just a photography, gardening, builder kinda guy, science fiction reader. Well, I guess that’s why he’s reading Darwin’s Paradox.

Rick has been using photography to play since he first picked up an Instamatic at 14. Some of his favourites can be found at http://rickacadie.imagekind.com.  He also likes to build things, like garages, workshops & sheds. His plans to build a Grand Banks dory are slowly working their way to fruition. He’s been reading science fiction from the age of nine when he came across Robert A. Heinlein’s ‘The Puppet Masters’. Thousands of SF novels later, he had to build an 1150 square foot addition to have a proper bookshelf for his collection.

 

 

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If you are a Darwin reader and wish to share your favorite place to read Darwin, email me your shot of you reading the book and I’ll feature you with the book. Include a little about you and what you’d like to promote (yourself, a group, an event or place, world peace…) and a link. Email me at: nina.sfgirl@gmail.com (message line: Look who’s reading Darwin).


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The Whole World is Evolving: Look Who’s Reading Darwin–JP McLean

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JP McLean reads Darwin’s Paradox in the Gulf Islands, BC

People from all over the world are evolving with Darwin’s Paradox…Artists, construction workers, teachers, students, healers, entrepreneurs, councillors, and shop keepers…all journeying together toward the singularity. Look who’s here today:

jp mclean darwins paradox03 300x225 The Whole World is Evolving: Look Whos Reading Darwin  JP McLeanWhen she isn’t writing her own trilogy, working out in the gym or walking her wheaten terriers where she lives on one of the scenic northern Gulf Islands off the coast of BC’s Vancouver Island, Jo-Anne McLean, author of The Gift, is reading Darwin’s Paradox:

“What do you get when a scientific mind

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collides with a wild imagination and great prose?” she asks. She’s talking about me (big grin) “A fast-paced thrill ride through a futuristic landscape that’s as eerily familiar as it is alarming,” McLean answers. “Munteanu’s passion for story telling with a thoughtful twist is evident throughout Darwin’s Paradox. It will leave you thinking, and that’s a good thing.”

Jo-Anne (JP) McLean has been neglecting the vacuum, the dogs’ leashes and the kitchen sink ever since she started writing her Gift Trilogy.  The first book of the urban fantasy thriller, The Gift: Awakening, was published by FriesenPress in September, 2012.  The second book, The Gift: Revelation, will be available in June, 2013 and the brazen conclusion is expected by Christmas 2013.  Within those pages, young protagonist, Emelynn Taylor, tests the theory that what doesn’t break you makes you stronger.

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Dragon Page Recommends Darwin’s Paradox

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“I easily recommend [Darwin's Paradox] to anyone who enjoys a nice mix of science fiction, political intrigue and some big scientific concepts. Go pick it up!”

Brian Brown of “Dragon Page” read Darwin’s Paradox a while ago and liked it… a lot! Here’s an excerpt of the coolest things he said:

Julie Crane has a lot of skeletons in her closet. She had the unleashed the Darwin virus on the world, murdered a government official, and then ran away from all the chaos she had created.

That is what the history books say, but often history is changed, twisted and confused from what really happened.

Julie fled into the wilderness outside of the cities with her husband. Outside of the influence of everyone and everything Julie learned to live in this wilderness. She gives birth to her daughter Angel and looks forward to living a life with nature.

All of this is shattered when Julie discovers that she is being hunted again. She makes a journey back to the city, alone. Julie’s daughter convinces her father to go after Julie and they too make their way to the city.

Back in the city Julie is confronted with the political intrigue, societal differences, and the mass of humanity she left behind. It’ss up to Julie, her family and new friends to unravel what is true and what is false and set things right for the future

…This is a book of heavy, heady concepts in this book, chaos theory, human neurophysiology, ecosystems and sustainability, viruses, AI’s and more. It really gives some oomph behind the story of Julie and the other characters. The vision of the future is well done and I’m a sucker for near future stories that have all of the elements of political intrigue, cybernetics, rebels against the system, AI’s going wonky, and a glimpse at future life…

…Nina Munteanu weaves a good story that has some large concepts peppered through it. The story does have warts but they are easy enough to gloss over and dig into the main story. There are some nice twists and turns and rabbit holes to follow the tale down…

I easily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a nice mix of science fiction, political intrigue and some big scientific concepts. Go pick it up!

You can read the entire review on the Dragon Page page.


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The Whole World is Evolving: Look Who’s Reading Darwin — Anne Moody

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Anne Moody reading Darwin in Monument Valley, Utah

People from all over the world are evolving with Darwin’s Paradox…. Artists, construction workers, teachers, students, healers, entrepreneurs, councillors, and shop-keepers … all journeying together toward the singularity. Look who’s here today:

“It was amazing scenery, but I JUST COULDN’T PUT NINA’S BOOK DOWN!” says Anne Moody, plant ecologist working as senior reclamation scientist for the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas in Victoria, British Columbia.

Besides her work as a plant ecologist, Anne is an accomplished fine artist. She has been drawing and painting since childhood and won her first award at a “Painting in the Parks Program” when she was nine.

I met Anne years ago while we both worked as environmental scientists for a west coast firm in Vancouver. NaturalSelection frontHR1 197x300 The Whole World is Evolving: Look Whos Reading Darwin    Anne MoodyWe went our separate ways and years later found ourselves collaborating again on cool projects; this time as artists. Anne created the evocative images for two of my books, “Natural Selection” and “The Journal Writer: Finding Your Voice”, both due spring/summer of 2013.

Anne is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA), Canada’s oldest artistic organization. The Federation of Canadian Artists is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and professional development of artists, and services for art collectors. Leaders of the organization have included Group of Seven painter, Lawren Harris. The FCA, established in 1941, is dedicated to raising artistic standards by stimulating participants to greater heights of achievement via juried exhibitions and art education programs.

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Study the science of art and the art of science” –Leonardo da Vinci

 

 

 

 

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If you are a Darwin reader and wish to share your favorite place to read Darwin, email me your shot of you reading the book and I’ll feature you. Include a little about you and what you’d like to promote (yourself, a group, an event or place, world peace…) and a link. Email me at: nina.sfgirl@gmail.com (message line: Look who’s reading Darwin).


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