Review: A Miracle of Rare Design

I’ve finished 3 books in 4 days. Interesting. Anyways: I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect with this. It’s a sci-fi work by Mike Resnick – this is the first work of his I’ve read. I got this for a buck along with 10 other books at a library sale, and considering that, it was worth it.

A Miracle of Rare Design: A Tragedy of Transcendence by Mike Resnick

Pretty much, it’s about Xavier Lennox, who discovers worlds and cultures far different than those of humankind. This was a fun read, somewhat short, and probably should have been shorter, or in a collection of short stories, which it effectively is. I found the beginning half the most enjoyable, and the rest a different work, best put as interesting. It felt a lot like pulp sci-fi, and so it was a good read to kill a bit of time. It was fun; I can understand why it stopped in each section and why, though leaves a bit to be desired.

It shows Lennox’s attitudes change as he encounters more cultures, but it’s so contrary to his beginning personality that the main character’s impression gets muddled. And he talks less, thus making him difficult to fully understand, though that may be the point. It was fun, for a 2 or 3 hour read, total. 3/5, for the sci-fi crowd. It’s not bad, not by a long-shot. Just likable.

236 words I could have used in a novel.

About James Ashman

I write books of the fantasy, heroic, and adventure types. So far. I'm an author who loves fantastic stories.
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3 Responses to Review: A Miracle of Rare Design

  1. Mike Resnick says:

    Haen’t thought about that book in years. Just for the record, Xavier Lennox is a science-fictional analog of Sir Richard Burton, the Victorian scholar and explorer who kept visiting remote locations in Africa and Arabia, living like a native, and being less and less the Victorian gentleman each time he returned home. He ended his career (and life) as the governor of an almost-unpopulated island in the Carribean, where he spent his time translating esoteric texts that almost no one wanted to read.

    — Mike Resnick

  2. James Ashman says:

    Thanks for the information! I was actually wondering, though didn’t write, why it seemed that Lennox was doing something I considered realistic, I.E. moving on to other endeavors so quickly, instead of sticking with one story/race for longer than it did. Now it all fits, for me personally. I enjoyed it! Thanks again!

  3. Mike Resnick says:

    Glad you liked it. I had a smiliar book (well, similar in approach, not content) called A Hunger In The Soul, which did for Stanley and Livingstone what this one did for Burton.

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