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Babylon Babies by Maurice G. Dantec
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Babylon Babies (original 1999; edition 2008)

by Maurice G. Dantec

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Set in the hidden ?flesh and Chip? breeding grounds of the first cyborg communities and peopled by Siberian Mafiosi, Babylon Babies has as its hero a hard-boiled leatherneck veteran of Sarajevo named Toorop. His latest assignment is to escort a young woman named Marie Zorn for Russia to Canada. But when Toorop is offered an even higher fee by another organization, he realizes Marie is no ordinary girl. A schizophrenic and a possible carrier of a new artificial virus, Marie is bearing a mutant embryo created by an American cult, the Cosmic Church of the New Resurrection. They dream of producing a genetically modified messiah, which will end all human life as we know it. Inspired by Philip K. Dick, William S. Burroughs, Gilles Deleuze, and other extrapolationists of the future, Babylon Babies unfolds at breakneck speed as Thoorop risks his life to save Marie, whose brain -- linking to the neuromatrix -- loses all limits and becomes the universe itself. Exploring the symbiosis between organic matter and computer power to spin new forms of consciousness, Maurice Dantec rides Nietzsche's prophecy: "Man is something to be overcome."… (more)
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Title:Babylon Babies
Authors:Maurice G. Dantec
Info:Del Rey (2008), Mass Market Paperback, 544 pages
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Tags:speculative fiction, science fiction

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Babylon Babies by Maurice G. Dantec (1999)

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I saw the movie for this (staring Vin Diesel) before I read the book. Suspect I may regret that. It had been on my to buy and add to my TBR pile, but I'm glad I got it from the library instead.

I got the Translated version, which I think I knew. The phrasing is ... interesting. It amplifies the translated feel.

I'm having all sorts of problems with this book. The beginning is a LOT of exposition, info dump syndrome. Stating outright, I realize this is supposed to be a Dystopian world and all things are crap, but really, if Canada and the US exist, don't cross the border with their various agencies. That takes very little research. Cut back on the exposition that really isn't needed. Reading all the news articles when you only need one headline of the group, just half a chapter later.

Six hours into the 20 hour audio book, I bailed. Just couldn't stomach the bad writing any more ( )
  gilroy | Jun 18, 2019 |
Che botta! Visionario e schizoide, peccato per alcune parti piuttosto noiose. L'idea di base è affascinante, diramata come un filamento di DNA. Lo stile è a tratti magnificamente psichedelico e si fa perdonare alcune cadute degne di una spy-story di serie B. Nonostante tutto è un ottimo romanzo. ( )
  Spell.bound | Apr 3, 2013 |
There were so many things about this book I wanted to like, and yet I couldn't even finish reading it. The writing was a mess of metaphors, clunky and hard to read sentences, characters that were only marginally interesting, and convoluted story lines. I trudged through almost three hundred pages before I realized I wasn't even interested in seeing how things ended. ( )
  pinprick | Jun 17, 2010 |
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[W]hat makes the novel... so haunting is its vision of a near future in which society has fractured along every possible national, tribal and sectarian fault line.
 
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Vivre était donc une expérience incroyable, où le plus beau jour de votre existence pouvait s'avérer le dernier, où coucher avec la mort vous garantissait de voir le matin suivant, et où quelque règles d'or s'imposaient avec constance : ne jamais marcher dans le sens du vent, ne jamais tourner le dos à une fenêtre, ne jamais dormir deux fois de suite au même endroit, rester toujours dans l'axe du soleil, n'avoir confiance en rien ni en personne, suspendre son souffle avec la perfection du mort vivant à l'instant de libérer le métal salvateur.
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