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Abel Baker Charley a novel by John R. Maxim

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1 review about Abel Baker Charley a novel by John R. Maxim

It's Both Good and Bad

  • May 13, 2009
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In this novel Maxim operates on the assumption that since the human brain is compartmentalized, each individual can become several personas sharing the same body. Therefore each is a totally separate individual. This is different than a split personality in which each personality is really a part of the total person.

The other assumption is that genes can inherit memories from ancestors and thus if someone in an individual's past was a concert pianist, the memory is there in the individual's genes. Thus that individual can become a concert pianist.

A doctor who specializes in creating new personalities for people, takes advantage of this theory and is able to transform individuals into totally new individuals.

These theories are very interesting and are the only thing that keeps this book together. The book itself is a mismosh of activities and events. The author's descriptions often lack clarity where it is very difficult to picture what is happening and it is very difficult to follow the supporting characters. Some seem to appear out of the blue and it seems that the author assumes you know something about them.

A lot of what happens is implausible and some of the ideas seem to be copied from the old tv series The Incredible Hulk. (meek David Banner would turn into a super strong monster when he was enraged).

Maxim wrote a much better book dealing with the mind called "Time Out of Mind."

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