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Billy and the Cloneasaurus

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Etsy’s 100% renewable electricity commitment includes the electricity used by the data centers that host Etsy. Due to a freak set of circumstances, William 790-6 (57th iteration) survives while the 58th iteration is recycled. A range of t-shirts sold by independent artists featuring a huge variety of original designs in sizes XS-5XL; availability depending on style. Initially I was put off by the title, but I had already been introduced to Kozeniewski's writing talent and the blurb intrigued me.

And yet, somehow, the narrative is engaging, interesting and exciting as Billy begins to answer some of the burning questions I, as a reader, wanted answered. I listened to the audiobook of this one and the narration by Steve Rimpici was perfect for the book. This is not a criticism of the author, their skill or the book - but in a difficult enough real world a little fictional hope goes along way. Are we all just socio-cultural clones going through the motions and serving the powers that be all the time on a doomed train ride to personal and societal oblivion?

Usually I come out of a book like this feeling relieved to be back in the real world where it's safer, but I'm looking around at all the pointless crap I've bought with a lingering sense of dread, and I'm never eating a beef sandwich again! Each city in this world is neatly organized with 3,650 duplicates of the same middle-aged man who fit into their role within the society for their term of 365 days at which point they are slurried (yes, it means what you would probably guess) and they are simply replaced by another identical Will. While I feel the concept of the clones conveyed messages I assume the author wanted the reader to receive, I also feel that it left a couple of holes for me. While we attempt to keep our posts PG-13, the material reviewed and discussed is intended for adults (18 years and older).

What I discovered is that the inside of Steven Kozeniewski’s mind in an incredibly interesting place to be.Therefore 790 found himself with an extra day of life since it is close to quitting time and Williams do not do overtime.

Some parts of the book were difficult for me to follow, not because all the characters had the same name, but because sometimes the passage of time wasn’t all that clear. Employees are often worked to extreme levels—suffering stress, sleep deprivation, family separation, etc. Any goods, services, or technology from DNR and LNR with the exception of qualifying informational materials, and agricultural commodities such as food for humans, seeds for food crops, or fertilizers. One of the bigger set pieces that is used is a scene written in the original book is set in a giant bird cage, where Pteranodon’s are waiting for their next meal.Critics of dystopian fiction always bemoan the genre's inherent "preachiness" and bitch far too much about the potential for pretentiousness on the authors' part. When an accident saves William 790 from this fate, he begins to think about the meaning of his life, and so his adventure begins. Jurassic Park III” could’ve been terrible, thankfully it isn’t, and the material plays better thanks to the performance of the cast. This causes a cascading effect, because the next version of William 790 has already been “decanted” (or born). It was only after reading that I considered how boring this book should have been since all the characters are essentially the same.

While there is not much in common with Kozeniewski's other books, the same sharp writing style and easy flow is evident. It never quite seemed to hit a big dramatic 3rd act the way I usually like, but there was something so… right about how this book played out. In Stephen Kozeniewski’s transcendental allegory Billy And The Cloneasaurus, the Platonic Cave like Williamsport-6 provides an apt setting for Billy’s story as his lighthearted quest for individual enlightenment eventually leads to deeper, more poignant revelations about western society in general and it’s obsession with consumerism and capitalism in particular. I’m a big fan of Dystopian stories, some of my favorite books in my middle school/early high school years were the standards of the genre. It shows you the alien way of this future’s culture and sets the foundation for the aberrations to follow.Personalised advertising may be considered a “sale” or “sharing” of information under California and other state privacy laws, and you may have a right to opt out.

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