In the Books featuring The Jennifer Project by Larry Enright

Good morning and welcome to In the Books, featuring The Jennifer Project by Larry Enright.

First, I have to admit I’m an idiot. I thought I had already reviewed this and few other books in 2016, but they were buried in my to-do pile, so, for that, I apologize. I hope to have them all reviewed in the coming weeks.

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About the Book: In 2096, Deever MacClendon creates Jennifer, the first proto-conscious cybernetic processor. It is hyper-intelligent, aware, and evolving. Deever wants to use his creation for the good of all, to help fix a broken world, but knowing what a powerful weapon it could be in the wrong hands, he hides it. When his secret is uncovered, he is forced to plunge into a high-tech morass of deception and treachery to avoid catastrophe and save a world where humans are no longer the most intelligent species.

My Review: This is the first book by the author that I’ve read, and it won’t be the last. As a hugs Sci-Fi fan, I loved the layers throughout the story. We’re thrown into a futuristic world where a single company controls most of the world through their various enterprises. In many ways, it’s already a dystopian world, but there’s more to come.

As we’re introduced to Deever, a 1960s hippie throwback, we have the joy of watching one of the most intelligent people alive as well as probably the loosest cannon. While he wants nothing but the best for humanity, Deever continually outthinks himself or underestimates those wishing to own his newest creation: Jennifer.

Jennifer, an AI (Artificial Intelligence) created by Deever, is a unique combination of a highly intelligent creation (being?) with the understanding of a child about the world around her. It helped to add a comic undertone to the storyline and acted as a counterweight to Deever.

As the story progresses, we’re taken from one dystopian society to another, giving our hero the chance to shine despite his string of errors. That alone made the story for me as Deever is very flawed, despite all his intellectual gifts. While there were times I wanted to reach into the book and smack him, he was a lovable character, much like a goofy friend, that was the humanity within the story.

Overall, I think this is a great addition to any Sci-Fi fan’s library, whether they’re a hardcore fan or a casual reader.

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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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