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The Speed of Dark

av Elizabeth Moon

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Lou Arrendale is an autistic man who is offered a chance to try an experimental "cure" for his condition. Now Lou must decide if he should submit to a surgery that may change the way he views the world -- and the very essence of who he is.
  1. 110
    Blommor till Algy av Daniel Keyes (infiniteletters)
    infiniteletters: Charlie is definitely not like Lou, true. But their experiences and perspectives have the same mental effect on readers.
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    Den besynnerliga händelsen med hunden om natten av Mark Haddon (tortoise)
    tortoise: Both are well-written novels with a first-person autistic-spectrum narrator. The Curious Incident has a better-constructed plot (the villain in The Speed of Dark is a bit cartoonish), but The Speed of Dark is I think more interesting as a commentary on autism.… (mer)
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    Falling Free av Lois McMaster Bujold (LamontCranston)
    LamontCranston: Pathological corporate greed, manipulation of the disabled/differently abled, and both for space applications, but Falling Free has a much more proactive response to being exploited
  4. 10
    This Alien Shore av C. S. Friedman (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For the exploration of human intelligences and mental health.
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    The Island Keeper av Harry Mazer (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For not knowing enough yet.
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    A Wizard Alone av Diane Duane (2wonderY)
    2wonderY: One of the young wizard's is autistic. For comparison of viewpoint and choices.
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    The Multiplex Man av James P. Hogan (infiniteletters)
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    Too Late to Die Young: Nearly True Tales from a Life av Harriet McBryde Johnson (infiniteletters)
  9. 01
    Projekt Rosie av Graeme Simsion (hoddybook)
    hoddybook: A somewhat more lighthearted look...
  10. 01
    Min stroke av Jill Bolte Taylor (infiniteletters)
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I am a big fan of fantasy and science fiction novels especially if they are long and have several books in the series. I really enjoy a series of books that I can immerse myself in and I first picked up an Elizabeth Moon novel because it was long and part of a multi-novel series. I continue to read her books because I find them engrossing and highly enjoyable. ( )
  KateKat11 | Sep 24, 2021 |
Superb speculative fiction, given to me -- no, pressed on me -- by a friend who is a parent of someone with Asperger's. ( )
  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
Now on Amazon, you get a bunch of reviews about how this isn't science fiction and all... but the main characters in this book are about as alien as a human can get and still be more than just a plant or a rock or a blog of something.

A good read indeed ( )
  frfeni | Jan 31, 2021 |
The book cover called it a thriller. I call it drama or philosophy. For sure those parts can be combined, but the "thrillery" parts were too much a sub plot to really be considered. It would like calling a book where someone had a pointy hat for "Fantasy". They also call it science-fiction and I guess that is not all wrong, though all that plays a minor role. It's just enough into the future to allow the author to change some things in current society, otherwise it might as well have been today. And isn't that what science-fiction has always been about? The Present, presented through a fairy-tale filter that will remove some preconceptions from the readers mind? I remember reading a lot of eastern-European (soviet era) science fiction that was clearly about the present (see for instance [a:Stanislaw Lem|6568759|Stanislaw Lem|http://www.goodreads.com/assets/nophoto/nophoto-M-50x66-e07624dc012f2cce49c7d9aa6500c6c0.jpg]), or well, at the time I read them they were actually about the past.

But enough about the book cover. The book itself is about the drive to change and improve as a person. The ethical dilemmas, the religious ones, the social ones. The main character is a near-genius autistic man, Lou Arrendale, that is trying to interact with the "normal" people as well as possible.

I didn't expect that kind of book and I was looking for a little more action, simpler story, so in a way, being a "better" book made it worse for me. It also reminded me of [b:The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time|1618|The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time|Mark Haddon|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327882682s/1618.jpg|4259809] which is from a similar point of view but humoristic rather than philosophical.

edit: 1 year later and I still remember this book so I've increased the rating a little. It's good even if I didn't expect that kind of book when I read it. ( )
  bratell | Dec 25, 2020 |
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