In the Books featuring Panoptemitry by Sarah Baethge

For this week I picked up a copy of Panoptemitry by Sarah Baethge. First, I’d like to apologize for the lack of a audio review this week due to technical difficulties. Have no fear, the audio will be back next week. 🙂

As you all know I’m a huge, I mean HUGE fan of science fiction so I had no problem reviewing this. The thing I love about Panoptemitry is the undertones of the age old struggle between science and religion. The priests of the Caytalan Church use prison planets to grow and harvest “sprites”, a substance that enables those with high quantities in their blood to communicate with one another and even a god named Caytal.

Science is represented by the galactic computer network S.Y.M.A.C. Using S.Y.M.A.C., humans learned to create artificial life or androids by studying the growing cells of their fellow man. A combination of biology and technology, the androids are designed with certain parameters to guide their interactions with humans, ie they won’t attack and can’t knowingly lie.

One android, Max, is sent to study ancient Cayatlan texts that result in the capture of his human controllers Ryan Mead and Emilija Lithuan by the Caytalan Church. The Caytalans inject Mead with their sprites while banishing Lithuan to a prison planet where she befriends a killer sent there to die.

Following Max’s rescue of the three of them, they’re confronted with the moral implications of their actions to one another as well as trying to determine whether they should trust the words of Caytal while the god attempt to use them to do his bidding.

Sounds exciting right? It is, but there were a couple of drawbacks. I never harp on editing or formatting, but there were times I was taken out of the story by a few glitches here and there. The story had such a great buildup that I expected more at the ending. This could just be me, but the ending seemed rushed as the loose ends were tied up faster than I would’ve liked.

If you’re like me and can’t get enough of sci-fi, then check it out. But read some of the free sample first to make sure it’s your cup of tea, so to speak.

About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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