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Coffee2words

I write, read and review, I blog frequently and love anything to do with books and writing, including editing. I am a Book Nerd and I wear that badge with pride.  http://coffee2words.wordpress.com

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What Tomorrow May Bring
Deborah Rix, Shelbi Wescott, Joseph A. Turkot, David J. Normoyle, Cary Caffrey, Samantha Durante, Megan Thomason, Jenni Merritt, David Estes, Susan Kaye Quinn, Tony Bertauski
SPOILER ALERT!

This book fails to deliver

Desexed. - Benjamin Tariri

Desexed is one of those books that has a fantastic idea. It spawns a whole bevy of ideas when you think about the idea. What would it be like if all our thoughts on death and heaven were wrong? What if our thoughts on how we interact with people are all wrong? What if we're only as basic as our animal instincts?

Alas, this book fails to deliver.

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What started me thinking, ended up just pissing me off so much. The blatant disreguard for delicate social interactions, faith, religion, sexual orientation... it came across as a preechy sermon from some hack priest... for science.

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Now, don't get me wrong. I am fully in support of people having their own religions, their own beliefs in science, the easter bunny, Santa Claus or whatever their heart desires.

But I do have an issue with other people's thoughts and beliefs being trodden on in the name of fiction.

I would like you to tell me... If you had the genes responsible for sexual desire removed how a creepy homeless guy would be any less creepy and homeless? How does that even compute? Is the argument that because the creepy homeless guy no longer finds you a sexual being the answer? I'm sorry but no!

The over-simplification coupled with the blown out of proportion ideas of what would happen if we were 'desexed' is, at best, underwhelming, and, at worst, offensive.

I did not enjoy this book. I would recommend reading it with some hard liquor beside you and taking a shot everytime something pisses you off or offends you. The result:

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This book also needs an edit. A few things I noticed:

Pg5 - On(e) thing is constant...
Pg26 - When you (were) born on Earth....
...telling me that you('re) a walking, talking...
Pg92 - That was s (delete s) when he was...
Pg97 - ...their heart beat(s) a hundred times...
...than by (delete by) women.
Pg105 - ...do know how we arrived at (delete at) looking like...
Pg108 - ...don't say, i('m) so many years...

**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of this book in return for an honest review**