Posted by : February 16, 1999
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God’s Fires by Patricia Anthony
Seven members attended this discussion, and one person sent her comments by e-mail. God’s Fires is a “secret history” about an alien encounter in historic Portugal during the Inquisition. Characters meeting the aliens include villagers, a local priest, several representatives of the Inquisition, and Portugal’s mentally challenged king.
We found this book both intriguing and disturbing. Since the Inquisition is a major factor in the plot, it has tragic elements. All of the characters were well developed, and their personalities ranged from caring to belligerent to (in the
Posted by : February 2, 1999
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In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker
Nine people attended the discussion of Kage Baker’s first novel, which has a fascinating premise. Scientists in the future, working for Dr. Zeus Inc., develop the technology for time travel. They discover that they can neither alter recorded history nor bring anything other than themselves back to the future. Desiring to rescue lost works of art and extinct species, they recruit people from the past to help them. These recruits hide treasures from harm, and leave messages so that they can be found in the future. As payment, the recruits are made immortal. This novel involves a group of people trying to save several endangered species of plants in England between the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.
We all liked the premise of the book. We felt that the first 50 or so pages, which set up Dr. Zeus Inc. and describe the recruitment of a young girl rescued from