Devotion eBook ñ Hardcover

Devotion eBook ñ Hardcover In the near future, just after the death of Richard Dawkins, moves are afoot to reclassify religious fundamentalism as a form of mental illness In this climate, Dr Finlay Logan must assess the sanity of April Smith, a ninteen year old woman who has committed a religiously motivated act of mass murder Logan himself is struggling to come to terms with the death of his daughter Flora in a skydiving accident his grief is threatening to destroy his marriage, as his wife Flora s stepmother is inc In the near future, just after the death of Richard Dawkins, moves are afoot to reclassify religious fundamentalism as a form of mental illness In this climate, Dr Finlay Logan must assess the sanity of April Smith, a ninteen year old woman who has committed a religiously motivated act of mass murder Logan himself is struggling to come to terms with the death of his daughter Flora in a skydiving accident his grief is threatening to destroy his marriage, as his wife Flora s stepmother is increasingly stymied by his inability to communicate his pain Meanwhile, in the course of investigating April s condition, Logan comes across a charismatic researcher named Gabrielle Salmon, who offers both him and April the chance to undergo a procedure that, she claims, will allow them to experience direct contact with the divine The ideas in Devotion are in many wayscompelling than the characters whose actions are meant to express those ideas Logan is frustrating, selfish and self pitying, while the events that drove April to murder is at best predictable, at worst a reduction of female pain to an inevitable origin in sexual trauma I also, as someone who has spent large swathes of my time in church and found some of it profoundly moving, am uncertain about Barber s portrayal of religious faith it s not offensive, but she writes about it in a way that seems to see only three options crazed, God talks to me fundamentalism, pure atheism, and a kind of spiritual but not religious state that manifests in a vague, fuzzy feeling of one ness with all life There are many other ways of experiencing what is generally referred to as the divine, including ways that acknowledge a monotheistic God without assuming a deep personal connection with him it, and it would have been refreshing to see someacknowledgment of that it s still so rare in mainstream literary fiction Devotion is absolutely worth reading, though, even if it only goes halfway, and I m slightly surprised that it was never on the Clarke Award shortlist I found this book intriguing and disturbing to read I hated the protagonist and the way he used women and broke up relationships for his own gain and really wanted him to suffer I found the alternative endings strange until I realised what I was reading I also found the treatment of atheist and theists strange and I wasn t entirely sure what the author thought of religion, or lack of it, by the end A good read which made me contemplate the point of religion from several view points. Wow I only went and finished this after 3 years I need to think about my review though, this book was A Lot. This is one of those books that once you read it, you never can forget it And it will change your life and your perception of the world around you.This is a story of a criminal psychologist, Finlay Logan, who is struggling with mental issues of his own due to the death of his beloved daughter The book is written slightly in the future at a time when religious fanaticism is close to being determined to be a form of mental illness Finlay must decide whether April Smith, a young woman who blew u This is one of those books that once you read it, you never can forget it And it will change your life and your perception of the world around you.This is a story of a criminal psychologist, Finlay Logan, who is struggling with mental issues of his own due to the death of his beloved daughter The book is written slightly in the future at a time when religious fanaticism is close to being determined to be a form of mental illness Finlay must decide whether April Smith, a young woman who blew up a bus load of young atheists, is insane Helping in his endeavor is Gabrielle Salmon, a scientist who has discovered a process whereby a patient can have a direct experience with God, thereby eliminating all guilt, shame and sorrow Ms Salmon not only claims to be able to connect Finlay and his patient to God but she also tells Finlay that she is in contact with his dead daughter, Flora.This book raises so many questions about life and death and I think it gives a fascinating view of both Examined are theories of alternative universes and that words create our reality While the book is scientifically based, it is very readable and pulls you right into the story I loved these characters, yes, even Finlay although his history with women certainly wasn t the best You have to feel compassion for this very human man with all his faults There are two alternate endings to this book, which is just perfection due to the book s theme Even if you re not on a quest for spiritual enlightenment, this book is a delight just from a literary standpoint It s so beautifully written and I personally found it to be very uplifting and encouraging Highly recommended.This book was given to me by the publisher through LibraryThing in return for an honest review Review originally published in SFX magazine, issue 265 October 2015 1.5 stars Why do bad things happen The Marlowe Papers author Barber isn t the first to tackle this, and won t be the last That she does so through quantum theory and neuroscience might sound intriguing, but unfortunately the result ismessianic muddle than profound persuasion.After a busload of atheist students is bombed, psychologist Finlay has to assess the bomber, April The question isn t if she did it, but why m Review originally published in SFX magazine, issue 265 October 2015 1.5 stars Why do bad things happen The Marlowe Papers author Barber isn t the first to tackle this, and won t be the last That she does so through quantum theory and neuroscience might sound intriguing, but unfortunately the result ismessianic muddle than profound persuasion.After a busload of atheist students is bombed, psychologist Finlay has to assess the bomber, April The question isn t if she did it, but why many believe her case proves religious fervour should be reclassified as insanity Meanwhile, pseudo science research on shooting electrical currents through the brain is giving people spiritual experiences and leaving them happier versions of themselves possibly because it wipes half their memories.Ultimately, the novel seems to conclude, positive thinking is the key We shape the world with our thoughts, see, so if we think nice things and stop worrying, everything will be awesome And never mind the victims in all this, because we re all connected and death doesn t matter Think of the good done in the name of those who die early, April tells Finlay the charities and foundations that people set up Spectacular who cares about actual suffering, if it inspires those who witness it to be better people When I started reading devotion, I was afraid I m not going to like it but it had a very good beginning I got very excited about it The book is perfectly written, and the idea of faith and religion vs science and reason was very interesting but in the middle of the book, things start to get messy and the storyline started to go everywhere and doesn t stick to anything.A disappointment. Love, love, LOVE Ros Barber s writing So beautifully crafted, such a masterful wordsmith And a fascinating subject matter too. Thought provoking,heart rending,mind boggling. The new novel from the award winning author of The Marlowe PapersApril is angry Dr Finlay Logan is brokenOnly nineteen, April is an elective mute, accused of a religiously motivated atrocity Logan, a borderline suicidal criminal psychologist, must assess her sanity in a world where ten years after the death of Richard Dawkins moves have been made to classify religious fundamentalism as a form of mental illness Asking fundamental questions about the nature of reality, Barber skillfully explores the balance between the emotional and rational sides of human experienceTold in Ros Barber s trademark mesmerizing prose, Devotion is an extraordinary, provocative novel from one of the brightest rising stars in fiction April is angry Dr Finlay Logan is broken.Only nineteen, April is an elective mute, accused of a religiously motivated atrocity Logan, a borderline suicidal criminal psychologist, must assess her sanity in a world where ten years after the death of Richard Dawkins moves have been made to classify religious fundamentalism as a form of mental illness Asking fundamental questions about the nature of reality, Barber skillfully explores the balance between the emotional and rational sides of hu April is angry Dr Finlay Logan is broken.Only nineteen, April is an elective mute, accused of a religiously motivated atrocity Logan, a borderline suicidal criminal psychologist, must assess her sanity in a world where ten years after the death of Richard Dawkins moves have been made to classify religious fundamentalism as a form of mental illness Asking fundamental questions about the nature of reality, Barber skillfully explores the balance between the emotional and rational sides of human experience.The wonderful Oneworld Publications sent me this gorgeous looking book check them out, they have a fantastic range of books The story itself is certainly interesting, and the blurb pulled me in instantly as it was unlike anything I had read before It cleverly dances on the line between religion and faith and psychology and reasoning two arguments I find extremely interesting It plays with the ideas of destiny and chance, and how these can often shape how our lives play out.The book is split in to 6 parts, each with numerous sub chapters that relate to different parts of the story PrologueAtheists1 BiologyLeft Hole Salmon Reality Surface That Contract Lost Found Accident Lodger Trees Gone Beans Song2 PsychologyAlarm Scrambled Peace Panini Beastly Epiphany Acts Stalk Observation Static Interpretations Wisdoms Determined Noodles Compassion Professional Semi transparent3a ChemistryReflected Clinical Turkey Things Bonds Medication Without Off Frozen Floored Deer Perfume Mad Remembered Breakers3b PhysicsThrough Particular Peculiar Appreciation Presence April Meditation Revelations Headaches Ghost Alert Court AchillesEpilogueOpeningThe novel is set in the near future so pop culture references are still quite relevant to the reader , with London still in a state of fear over terrorism, but as the story plays out we realise that the fundamentalist Christians are really the ones to be fearful of We re pulled into a post Dawkins world, with many of his views and arguments being brought to the forefront of the story and challenging the reader continuously about what the real answer to life is.The story starts with Dr Finlay Logan, the novels main protagonist, and an insight to how he got to the position he is in now and also introduces the reader to how his daughter, Flora, came to be His daughter s conception was a thoughtless act Logan is a psychologist who is still struggling to come to terms with his daughters death Spoiler alert and who has been tasked with providing a witness testimony for the case of April Smith, a young woman who is connected to a religiously motivated mass murder of a bus of children chilling, I know.April is on a determined path, during her time in the asylum she resides in, to punish atheists and this is seen in her rantings and also in her scrawling on the wall of her room.We are introduced to Dr Gabrielle Salmon, a charming and warm scientist who has been working on some very interesting consciousness studies in which she describes God as being a feeling that can be induced.I won t give too muchaway as you should give it a read and find out for yourself On reaching the epilogue, I was initially confused as I felt I had read this part already, but interestingly, Ros has included the beginning of the story at the end to help round off the story and assist the reader in making sense of what has happened It s very cleverly done, and I found it brought a lot of things into perspective for me.I enjoyed this book and the various different psychological elements to it really sucked me in and left me with food for thought, that s for sure However, I did come away feeling like the novel overall wasn t as enlightening as I thought it might be, it actually left me feeling a little disheartened at the thought of a near future world that we could find ourselves in for this reason, my review rating might be seen as a little unfair, I understand There were some really fantastic points in the book, but for me I feel it could have pushed itself just a little further to have been a really incredible story.That being said, I still enjoyed reading it, and would certainly recommend it if you re after something a littlethought provoking on your commute to work

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