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Book Note: Kate Wilhelm, Death Qualified

I read this book about 4-Feb-2005. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1991. This note was last modified Thursday, 10-Feb-2005 08:38:28 PST.

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I never cared for her SF much. Judging from the list in the front of this book, she switched to mystery rather than giving up writing entirely. On the other hand, the biography in the back mentions entirely SF-related awards and connections.

Unfortunately, this book has many of the same unpleasant overtones as her SF -- a focus on psychological weirdness, roughly. And a terribly slow pace. On p. 51 we apparently haven't even met the woman who's going to be the main character of the book (so far we've been setting Lucas up to be the main character, everything is about him so far). Well, we'll see.

Oh my god! It's a chaos book! Chaos is magic, and since it has something to do with advanced science probably gives us a look into other worlds just like quantum mechanics! ICK!

Some of the courtroom scenes are very good though, and I did like a lot of the developing relationship between the lawyer and the mathematician.

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