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Ivilization Through the juxtaposition of the precivilization tribes and the technologically advanced society of the Watchers the novel explores themes of the role of ideology and tradition in daily lif. I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveawaysThis review may contain spoilersParts of this book reminded me of reading sci fi books as a child although this one was violent and probably a bit adult in nature than the ones I readI thought that the characters and world in this book were really interesting I really liked Tian as a character and Mori as well The differences between the Watchers and the natives to the planet came across really well but there were also similarities between themI found it uite interesting how the patterns of speech varied I wasn t sure how Mori was speaking differently to 129 I would have liked a bit information about what made Mori so differentThe flashbacks provided good extra information about the characters but I did get a bit confused about them a couple of times There was at least twice when I didn t realise there was a flashback and got confused about mentions of a character that had already diedI thought that the book did a good job of showing the differences between the two separate cultures and how easy it is to fall into complacency Although there were some good things about what the tribes believed there were as many bad thingsI did notice uite a few errors in this book including a part where a whole paragraph was repeated and a number of missing uotation marks Apart from that though the writing was good enough that I could see a lot of the events happening inside my mindI liked the feelings of friendship and perhaps that grew between Tian and Mori despite the fact that the latter s asexual and doesn t have a gender as such Still it was kind of sweet and I was a bit disappointed with how things turned outI think I d definitely be interested in reading a seuel to this book or books by this author The ability for every member of a species to communicate with each other was uite an interesting one and I would have liked to see a bit of the problems inherent with that

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Set in the far future on the tribal world of Gaia this debut science fiction novel tells the story of Tian a young hunter struggling with loss of her childhood lover who disappeared under mysterious c. The Watcher is a soft piece of science fiction in which two people from cultures at extreme opposite ends of the technology spectrum Tian s tribe eschews even agriculture sticking to a purely hunter gatherer way of life Mori s people are anthropologists who are so technologically advanced that they have implants connecting them to a system wide cloud When things start to go horribly wrong Mori and Tian join forces to save her people This interaction which had been strictly forbidden to Mori s people in the past is a difficult one for the both of them They struggle to overcome it even as they race towards conflictI ve said it before philosophy in science fiction is not my thing It s probably because I m very action driven and thinking deep thoughts takes me away from my happy spot in Death Fights Blood Battles Space Disaster Anyways However The Watcher does raise some interesting points Like Does a refusal to break from an established traditions strangle any chance of a society truly living They can survive true enough but can they live There s a line where someone says We d rather fight the same x a thousand times rather than kill them in cold blood Is it worth it to stick to your peace loving beliefs when it puts the safety of your community at risk Finally if you have technology that could change someone s life for the better but would fundamentally alter their society should you do itAs you can see those are some uestions that can spur hours of debates if you let them Albeit the last one is the one most people are probably familiar with if they ve thought about time travel at any length So yes if you like philosophy you ll like The Watcher You can tell the author put a lot of thought into every aspect of his story There are several levels to the story including young desiring change versus the crafty old codgersOverall I can say that even though it didn t suit me I can see where people would love the book The Watcher is not a light read Some of the cruelest aspects of humanity are at the forefront So you ll have your philosophy with a side of death and There s only one thing that stops me from strongly recommending the book to certain people at this point It badly needs edited Really really badly You have double uotes in place of apostrophes and errors that look like changes were suggested but not fixed Eventually you grow numb to it but it doesn t make a good first impression on the reader It s knocked it down an entire level on my rating scaleDisclaimer I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Ircumstances When Tian’s tribe is threatened by violent slavers she received help from a Watcher a monstrous mythical creature who is actually a genetically enhanced anthropologist from an advanced c. An extraordinarily imaginative sci fi story with touches of ideology and uniue philosophy What initially caught my eye was the dazzling cover of this magical novel that shone on the bookshelf as though promising a glimpse of the mystical and ethereal within Nicholas Oakley s vivid imagination and inspired ideas seep into every single page making his book totally uniue written in a distinctive voice that is solely his own However I am sure that this author drew inspiration for his own work from the great legends of the science fiction genre such as Orson Scott Card and Hamilton etc to name a few that contain out of this world visionary The Watcher is a magnetic tale that contains such unexpected substance and depth with thought provoking meaning amid the scintillating storyline Memorable characters and intriguing creatures linger on within your mind as you explore a wonderfully rich world that the author has created What struck me were the themes of ideology and tradition in daily life that ran through the story making it in every sense of the word an incredibly multilayered tale of such profundity and incredible complexity The Watcher is set in the far future on a world called Gaia It tells the story of Titan a young hunter and member of a threatened tribe under attack from violent slavers The Watcher is a strange creature that incongruously helps Titan despite it being a monstrous mythical beast that s been genetically enhanced from an advanced civilization The advanced society of The Watcher s acutely juxtaposes those of the tribes like Titan s and so one is able to explore and contemplate the divergence between advanced technology and different civilizations This absolutely fascinating story is a deeply engrossing read of interwoven ideals and intriguing concepts which seamlessly surround a compelling plot that s well devised I am very impressed by this author who has produced something truly inspired reflective and weightily conseuential within this popular genre I thoroughly enjoyed reading this substantial story that is wonderfully evocative and a noteworthy novel within the science fiction genre hence I would place The Watcher alongside many top authors This is an imaginative masterwork of the mind written with limitless vision that contains a dreamlike uality to it I won a copy of The Watcher by Nicholas Oakley through a Goodreads first read book giveaway


6 thoughts on “The Watcher

  1. says:

    The Watcher is a ‘soft’ piece of science fiction in which two people from cultures at extreme opposite ends of the technology spectrum Tian’s tribe eschews even agriculture sticking to a purely hunter gatherer way of life Mori’s people are anthropologists who are so technologically advanced that they have implants connectin

  2. says:

    An extraordinarily imaginative sci fi story with touches of ideology and uniue philosophy What initially caught my eye was the dazzling cover of this magical novel that shone on the bookshelf as though promising a glimpse of the mystical and ethereal within Nicholas Oakley’s vivid imagination and inspired ideas seep into every

  3. says:

    I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveawaysThis review may contain spoilersParts of this book reminded me of reading sci fi books as a child although this one was violent and probably a bit adult in nature than the ones I readI thought that the characters and world in this book were really interesting I really liked Tian as a character and Mori as well The differences between the Watchers and the natives to the

  4. says:

    the watcher shows us two civilisations with two very different approaches to life One being nomadic and living in harmony with nature the other technologically advanced using machines for everythingboth civilisati

  5. says:

    I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway I uite enjoyed the story and felt a decent connection to the chara

  6. says:

    Received as a Goodreads Giveaway bookThis first novel from Oakley is firmly in the soft SF strand dealing with themes such as the role of technology scientific interference and other anthropological ideas Following a tribe struggling to deal with the rise of violence on their primitive planet this is definitely a

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