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review 2016-06-23 00:00
The Johnson Project
The Johnson Project - Maggie Spence The Johnson Project - Maggie Spence The Johnson Project is a book to make you think. On the surface, it’s an engrossing look at a world that could have turned into a dystopia, but looks to go the opposite way. A utopia – all caused by a virus that renders every single woman in the world infertile. After the glut of dystopians flooding the market, a book that takes things in the opposite direction is a breath of fresh air. Interestingly enough, it’s set in a very near (possible) future. A future where Hillary Clinton is president.

When Dr. Ted Johnson finds a cure for the infertility, he – and the others in his association – do something unexpected. Instead of distributing the cure far and wide, they take a chance to cure a lot of the world’s problems. It’s called The Johnson Project. In addressing the question of who should be parents, they set some very easy to understand guidelines in place. Needless to say, lots of people get up in arms over their guidelines.

The author takes this chance to really take a close look at who should be parents, and to examine the objections that people inevitably raise. I found myself nodding as I read, making mental notes, and marking pages frequently. Approaching the question logically means trodding on lots of people’s toes, but… logical is the way to go.

Apart from deciding who should be parents, the author also addresses a few more key issues disturbing society today. Things like America’s crappy economics. The un-liveable wage. The bloated paychecks of CEOs. The seeming stranglehold that a few rich asshats and idiots have on power they should never have gained in the first place. The solution is a bit shocking and curious at first, but soon enough you see the logic behind it. Even if you can’t exactly buy into the fact that it would ever happen, it’s interesting to see how it would play out.

There’s a disturbing revelation that seems like it’s going to turn things upside down near the end of the book. Then you’re hit with pages and pages of disturbing facts that depress you and make you re-examine things yet again. The times that logic and emotion battle in this book will send your head into a spin.

Then there’s that ending. The last 8th or so of this book is a solid roller coaster of “what the…” that left me literally yelling at it. Then I put it aside. Then I picked it up, and gestured wildly with it at my partner and yelled about it. Then I put it aside. Then I yelled at it again and promptly told almost all my friends that they needed to read this book right now so that I’d have someone to talk about it with.

Is it a perfect book? No. Can I even truly say that I like it? No. I don’t think this is the type of book that you ‘like’. But it should be required reading. It takes theoretical questions and lays them out in an easy to understand format that make them easier to grasp. It brings questions that we -as a society-need to grapple with to the forefront and makes it impossible to look away. It’s not entirely realistic, but it is very good.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

For this and other science fiction and horror reviews, please visit Sci-Fi & Scary.
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review 2015-03-14 13:10
Vardin Village - Maggie Spence

Not with a ten foot pole:




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review 2015-03-04 01:56
Vardin Village by: Maggie Spence
Vardin Village - Maggie Spence

I enjoyed this story very much. Just reading it brought a sense of humanity.  Sixteen year old George and his sister had to fend for themselves because mom although she works so they thought, her spare time is spent at the bar.  I could feel his shame and his protectiveness for his family and their quaint cottage which they call home.  There's a story behind that cottage and a history that involves George's family.  I felt how his responsibilities overshadowed his own happiness of being a normal teen.  What I absolutely found that is heartwarming, the other characters.  A group of people who knew George's family and set out to right a wrong and to help the brother and sister to stay together.  Stability, yes George and his sister Eleanor desperately need, "stability."  One person I felt totally at ease with was Uncle Morris.   His love and commitment to George and Eleanor is duly noted, the wildest thing is Uncle Morris is not a blood relative.  Wonderful read and one that will capture your heart.  Easy to follow and writing style truly voiced.  I won this book on BOOKLIKES giveaway.  Thank you, Darlene Cruz

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text 2015-02-10 19:26
So, yeah....
Vardin Village - Maggie Spence


So, Maggie Spence says that she'd call someone at home again if they mention her kids again. 


So, Maggie can say she has kids, but if I mention that she does, am I going to get a call at home?   Perhaps if she doesn't want anyone saying anything about them, she shouldn't put their pictures up on her Facebook page, by the way.   And give us more information like that she owns a small business, making it easier to find.  Or describing the picture and the background to make it easier to pick that picture out. 


Logic.   Some meatbags just don't use it. 




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text 2015-02-03 20:56
Vardin Village - Maggie Spence

"The guys were going to Chipotle after work which sounded great to George but not an option."


But wasn't an option?   Because that reads that it sounded great and sounded like it wasn't an option.   


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