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The Perfection of Fish

by J. S. Morrison

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"Something about this novel piqued my interest, and I’m really glad that I requested it! Once I initially started this and got into it, I couldn’t put it down. The world building was done beautifully, and the narrative suckered me in! A precautionary tale about genetic engineering that was executed perfectly. If this interests you in the slightest, read it!"
added by J.S.Morrison | editNetGalley, Justine Frye (Jun 17, 2020)
 
“Provocative themes are conveyed in this highly imaginative, entertaining, and satirical work of speculative fiction.”
added by J.S.Morrison | editSublime Book Review, SBR (Jun 17, 2020)
 
"This has a cool premise and it's executed quite effectively via interesting characters and an imaginative plot, along with clever aspects and humor. I admire the author's creativity and writing skills and look forward to his next book."
added by J.S.Morrison | editNetGalley, Paul V. (Jun 16, 2020)
 
"Morrison has written a cautionary tale about genetic engineering. The story flowed smoothly. I enjoyed Morrison's sense of irony. It's a non-stop read."
added by J.S.Morrison | editNetGalley, Anthony Philo (Jun 16, 2020)
 
"The tantalizing twisted tale entangles many more unforgettable characters in a fishnet like plot that trawls for scientific theory and educated guesses. Chimera and Cherokee legend ensnare Berky, Cantor, Nadia's twin sister Diana, Marcy, and others in a traumatic web of deceit, murder, and subterfuge while trying to evade immigration agents, the mob and an AI system."
 
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Everything you can imagine is real.
-- Pablo Picasso
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For Patricia, the love of my life.
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Once upon a time, before fish could talk and before the Canons of Cantor became more popular that the Bible, the Koran, or the Torah, there was a town nestled n the curl of a river where science and superstition blended as seamlessly as blue sky and the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains.
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What exactly happened depends on who you ask. When the possibilities intertwine like a hundred people having sex with a herd of goats, we call it a "barblefarb."
-- Canduka Cantor
At an abstract level, war is like sex. It's all about positioning.
-- Canduka Cantor
Reality is a dipsy doodle dancer.
-- Canduka Cantor
There was never a Lady Luck. It was always a man.
-- Canduka Cantor
Lies become reality if we believe them. Truth isn't truth.
-- Canduka Cantor
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In 2042 America, an agoraphobic woman in an Appalachian ghost town fights misogynistic delusional men bent on destroying women’s rise to power by releasing a genetic virus that makes all females subservient slaves.
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