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Albeit a brilliant and inventive engineer, she does little more than fix toilets, at least for starters. That, and sleep with boys from various other galaxies, almost simultaneously, given the fairly frequent frenzied pace of this novel. She is, in fact, more assiduous with sex than she is with work. Although humor and satire inhabit the work, there is a bit of heavy-handedness in the way this author handles some topics. The numerous chapters on sex, if fun at moments, get repetitious and unnecessary.
Some more relevant subjects, such as aforementioned slavery, or racism, could have been addressed in a far more incisive way. Same thing with characters like liberator Ahmad.
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I would have enjoyed more of his presence. Others characters are as colorless as a bunch of worms on damp soil and should have been given to the birds way before this went into print. There is much pruning to do in this book. It could have been cut in half and ended being a much more powerful, meaningful work. A good editor is pretty much the fairy godmother and is able to transform potential into something shinier, even delightful.
Of the delightful this book has moments. Particularly at the beginning. But Lewis spoils this by adding, adding, adding. So save money and use that editor. Without one, an Indie author cannot compete with the rest of the market. For the rest of the market uses editors. With one of these, overindulgence and overabundance will be smashed, and good riddance!
I have been there. I have sworn at and insulted my own editors when I was by myself , only to bless them and kiss them later on also when I was by myself. With this book, the editor would have killed, say, the awkwardly divided chapters and the skipping from one topic to the next with basically no transition. All in all, it is not a bad novel. His pace is by and large correct.
Fine tuning, shortening, and removing a good deal of these chapters will help. Lewis is also quite good at creating names for planets and people. But a gardening attitude trim-trim-prune , as mentioned, is necessary. The whip of the editor is beating up my words but, in the end, it feels s-o-o-o g-o-o-o-o-d!
Jul 18, Jill Blake rated it really liked it Shelves: Edge of God is a very ambitious book. It clocks in at a whopping pages, which is a monumental undertaking in a world often reduced to character bites.
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In part because it tackles some pretty big issues. While it's billed as a romance, it is actually more of a sci-fi Bildungsroman with elements of romance, religion, political and social commentary thrown in. The story follows the adventures of Iyemo as she takes the scenic route toward self-discovery. In the beginning, she is Edge of God is a very ambitious book. In the beginning, she is quite unsympathetic, and takes out her anger over a failed romance and difficult relationship with her mother by doing lots of drugs and having sex with multiple partners along the way.
Lewis does a good job of fleshing out her character over time. Lewis introduces multiple warring worlds, with different social orders and customs, and this takes both time and skill. When woven into the action, it works well. Unfortunately, in many places through the book, the world-building is inserted as an aside, told directly to the reader, and this gets in the way of the narrative flow. This is a very crowded book.
Not all were essential to the story, and sometimes it was hard to keep track of who was who. All of this made reading difficult, and often pulled me out of the story. Likewise it's not always clear who's speaking, so I found myself having to go back and reread entire passages to figure it out.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nov 12, Bargain Book Reviews rated it it was ok. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm just going to jump into my review here and start with the big problems. I did not like the character at all. Iyemo is spoiled, entitled, and whiny. Instead of trying to make the best of her situation, she blows off her new job, parties and then complains when she gets in trouble. The "why me" song and dance gets old, especially after doing stupid stuff, like posing naked for one of her boyfriends, yes, I said boyfriends a man I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The "why me" song and dance gets old, especially after doing stupid stuff, like posing naked for one of her boyfriends, yes, I said boyfriends a man she hardly knows, and then whines when she breaks it off and he sells said pictures to the tabloids. She also has a drug problem, which the author does portray well, but by the time she tries to get her life together, I'm so fed up with her that I don't care if she succeeds or not.
The one good thing she does, helping Gomi, hardly redeems her in my eyes, and she definitely does not deserve his friendship or support. I did like Gomi as a character, as well as Leuwa, but they just weren't enough to help me through this book. I also found the writing style to be distracting. In the very beginning of the book, the author jumps from present to past multiple times with no transitory warning, and it throws the reader out of the story.
The narrator of the book is also extremely active, and addresses the reader often. I never really got used to it, and didn't find the way it was done appealing. Had the author explained what he was doing through the narrator in the beginning, it would have made the transition much easier from story to narrator.
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Also as a side note, the plot of this book is basically a really, really long coming of age story set in space. There's a war threatening, but it ends up being nothing more than a plot device that's solved in a few sentences, and not by Iyemo. If that's not your cup of tea, I don't recommend this book for you.
Aug 31, Love Indie Romance rated it liked it. Annie Arcane Actual Rating: A lengthy sci-fi novel with a large cast. Attempts to address much more than just romance. This book was extremely ambitious.
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The author tried to accomplish a great deal and I must commend the effort he put forth. Lewis went so far as to create an entirely foreign language.
That is an impressive feat, in and of itself. While I wasn't personally fond of Iyemo, she was well-developed Reviewed by: While I wasn't personally fond of Iyemo, she was well-developed throughout the story and her journey of self-discovery a believable one. Gomi was my favorite character by far and I honestly wish there was more of him. What left me wanting: Did I mention this book was extremely ambitious? The cast was huge.
The sheer number of characters was daunting, especially those irrelevant to the story. The book itself was huge. Clocking in at over pages, I have to admit it was a challenge for me to finish. Don't get me wrong. I love an epic read of lengthy proportions but I often found myself wanting to skim over the extraneous content. I never actually skimmed.
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But I really wanted to at times. The transitions - both from past-to-present and character-to-narrator - were a bit jarring and difficult to follow. There definitely was an interesting story hidden in this book. But in trying to accomplish so much, the main plot was diluted and got lost in the mix. Had this book been strategically cut in half, I believe it would have been much more compelling.
While not my personal taste, if you're looking for a longer read with strong elements of religion and politics, this might just work for you. Nov 18, D. Wolf rated it really liked it Shelves: Edge of God is a sometimes snarky, sometimes emotional, romantic and humorous romp through the universe. Edge of God is also a story of redemption. The story follows the very promiscuous Kozi Iyemo and her exploits as a rebellious young woman born into a wealthy and politically powerful family. Highly intelligent, with a degree in Astronautical Engineering, Iyemo struggles with her personal demons while those demons are exploited and publicly enlarged due to her high-profile family ties.
Finding it Edge of God is a sometimes snarky, sometimes emotional, romantic and humorous romp through the universe. Finding it difficult to live on her home planet, Iyemo, confused and emotionally alone believes that distance and isolation will solve her problems. She soon learns that her inner struggle may need the help of others, including a higher power.
Other characters are also well defined, adding humor, humility, sadness, deceit, and true friendship. There are moments where I laughed out loud and moments I became teary-eyed. Michael Lewis introduced a new world with varying people and languages. This is tough to pull off, and there were common and current colloquial expressions that felt out of place.
The novel could have been shorter and still get the story across to the readers. A simple interjection of thought tossed in. Some of this could be construed as some of the charm, but at times, I had to reread sections to be sure I understood who was talking. It was dark and scary. I had experienced depression years ago and God had helped me then, so I reasoned He could help me again. With stubborn faith, I clung to Him and His Word like never before. I put my trust in Him and as I took steps of faith to recover; He graciously restored me.
After this painful trial, I experienced many new opportunities to serve Him in various ministries. As difficult as the experience was, I know that God used this time of suffering to produce Spiritual fruit in my life and in the lives of others. In the Christian life, we will go through many experiences where our faith is challenged and tested. Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt. It can be scary to trust God and take a step of faith; and we may be reluctant. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain. God tests us for our good, but He will never tempt us to sin.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.
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But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. There is usually some level of risk involved with leaving our comfort zone and entering unknown territory. Taking steps of faith may require us to leave what is familiar to accept the unfamiliar, and sometimes uncomfortable. In fact, we may experience greater temptation and opposition when we step out in faith.
But, faith is necessary to please God as Hebrews Our decisions to step out in faith should be prayerfully considered and confirmed by the Bible. We can also seek wise counsel from our pastor and other mature Christians. God will catch us if we stumble and fall as Psalm He lifts us up when we are stuck in the difficulties of life and puts us on solid ground.