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The Edge of Reason

by Melinda Snodgrass

      The Edge of Reason is a novel of the ongoing battle of science to dispel the darkness of superstition. In this story, all of science is regarded as good, despite the fact that some science is harmful. Religion and its practitioners are evil, and God does not exist. Jesus is a homeless schizophrenic who lives in a cardboard box behind Lumisnia Enterprises. That business is run by a man named Kinntnes, whom we also know as Lucifer or Satan. The forces of darkness are led by a man name Mark Grenier. He also heads the World Wide Christian Alliance.

Whoa! The thing that makes fiction work is the author's ability to suspend disbelief for the readers. Ms Snodgrass didn't quite succeed in doing that for the reader. Of course, I am a firm believer in God and Jesus. But I am also quite well versed in science. However, I don't have the ability to buy this plot. I guess the author hasn't been rescued from as many bad situations as God has saved me from. Well, I've said my piece so back to the story.

Kinntnesí only hope to win the battle is a sword he has created. However, he cannot use it himself. The sword must be wielded by someone who possesses no magic whatever. This is a rarity among humans. Kinntnes has found one human who is utterly devoid of magic. He is a beat cop in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His name is Richard.

Richard begins by rescuing Rhiana, a girl who possesses an abundance of magical power. Kinntnes summons him to offer him a job.

Content aside, the story was well-crafted. Incomplete sentences occasionally break up the smooth flow of the story. The profanity and sex scene were unnecessary to advance the story. Beyond this, the story is a page-turner. Read The Edge of Reason and decide for yourself.

The Book

Tom Doherty Associates / TOR
May 13, 2008
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NOTE: contains violence, profanity, sex

The Reviewer

Jo Rogers
Reviewed 2008
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