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antedeluvian
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antedeluvian   5/2/2014 11:17:25 AM
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Max

I don't read much science fiction. In the ones that I have read, I find that even if you suspend disbelief there is always something that seems just plain ridiculous. The SF last book I read was "Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art" by Christopher Moore and was about the use of a particular shade of blue in artwork. Since you have some leanings to art you may appreciate the book more than I did- it interweave the story with some of the well known artists like Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Manet, Monet etc. In the end I was left with the feeling that the whole premise was implausible- the foundation of the story did not hold water.

I read your comments on Dream London with some interest, but with so much to read I am afraid that even with your reccomendation, I am not sure I will ever get to it.

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Max The Magnificent   5/2/2014 11:17:23 AM
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@Duane: This blog article has me quite intrigued, though...

I'll tell you one thing ... you will never again take a trip to the monkey house in a zoo without seeing things from a completely different perspective that will make your eyes water (said Max, cryptically, his eyes watering as he recalls a particular scene that shall remain unspoken)

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Duane Benson   5/2/2014 11:11:53 AM
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I haven't read this book, nor heard of Tony Ballantyne. This blog article has me quite intrigued, though, and I may buy it to put on my already-too-long reading list.

Your attempt at describing it without telling the story prompted a few thoughts. The "alien presence invades mind and takes over body" or "takes over electronic or mechanical device" premise has been used many, many times. However, I don't recall ever reading watching, or hearing about an alien intelligence taking over a completely inanimate and immobile object - like a building.

Not just taking it over and controlling the elevators; but essentially turning it into, by some perspectives, a living, breathing, sentient being. Concrete and steel don't think, move and grow, but what if, in a somewhat overlapping dimension/reality, those materials are the building blocks of life?

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