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  1. says:

    After a while, quantum mechanics starts to affect your worldview What does this mean Theresearch I did, the less I believed In quantum mechanics No, I said In the world Eric Argus is one of those brilliant minds that burn bright and then burn out He is crippled with thoughts of depression He usually is two fisting it, but not in the way that most of us think of it He has a bottle of Jack Daniels in one hand and his father s pistol in the other Which one he lifts to his f After a while, quantum mechanics starts to affect your worldview What does this mean Theresearch I did, the less I believed In quantum mechanics No, I said In the world Eric Argus is one of those brilliant minds that burn bright and then burn out He is crippled with thoughts of depression He usually is two fisting it, but not in the way that most of us think of it He has a bottle of Jack Daniels in one hand and his father s pistol in the other Which one he lifts to his face is something that has to be determined every time he wants to take a drink or eat a bullet His father killed himself with that same pistol His mother lost the hard edges of her mind She is adrift in a space of her own making but is still trying to make se...


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    There were some very interesting ideas at play here, and the story moved along at a good clip Howeverthis had some pretty blatant plot problems Villains who inexplicably choose to Villainously Monologue just long enough for Our Hero to escape Repeatedly view spoiler Andokay, so the Flicker Men kidnap Satvik, hold him for two weeks, then grab Eric who was far easier to find, yet gets grabbed second, but I digress then kill off Satvik, but not Eric, even though they want E There were some very interesting ideas at play here, and the story moved along at a good clip Howeverthis had some pretty blatant plot problems Villains who inexplicably choose to Villainously Monologue just long enough for Our Hero to escape Repeatedly view spoiler Andokay, so the Flicker Men kidnap Satvik, hold him for two weeks, then grab Eric who was far easier to find, yet gets grabbed second, but I digress then kill off Satvik, but not Eric, even though they want Eric dead too, and he s totally within their power I m justwhat kind of blithering idiot does any of that Why didn t they just shoot Satvik immediately It s not like they needed him alive to draw Eric out It s not like they needed to draw Eric out at all, since they could ve just grabbed him at his motel at literally any point in time Why bother holding Satvik for two weeks Why not shoot Eric immediately Why bother shooting Satvik but leaving Eric alive, even though they obviously wanted Eric dead too It s justthe stu...


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    Eric Argus is a morose, suicidal alcoholic with a gun in one hand and a liquor bottle in the other, both literally and metaphorically He is a discredited physicist with a history of instability An old friend gives him the opportunity to get back into research Most of the scientific explanations in this book were way over my head, but the bottom line is that Eric appears to have discovered a phenomenon with light waves that occurs only when observed by human beings It doesn t occur if unobser Eric Argus is a morose, suicidal alcoholic with a gun in one hand and a liquor bottle in the other, both literally and metaphorically He is a discredited physicist with a history of instability An old friend gives him the opportunity to get back into research Most of the scientific explanations in this book were way over my head, but the bottom line is that Eric appears to have discovered a phenomenon with light waves that occurs only when observed by human beings It doesn t occur if unobserved, or if observed by other species Some attribute this unique quality of human beings to consciousness while others believe it is evidence of the existence of a human soul An evangelist wants to use Eric s device to test when consciousness begins in fetuses There are lots of philosophical implications of this discovery t...


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    This book was very fast paced, honestly I think you could finish this one in one day The premise of the book is very promising and up to certain point, the book delivers it What i liked the science, the premise that our main character had discovered something he shouldn t have and now he has to fight for his life against supernatural forces, The idea behind the plot that science is key to open our understanding of the world but that at the same time we are not yet ready to understand all of This book was very ...


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    This almost felt like two books The first half was immensely enjoyable and interesting so much so that I was willing to ignore how thinly drawn some characters were, with the notable exception of Satvik, and how weird the style was at times with the short staccato sentences I loved the science and the idea behind the story, and I was expecting to see the consequences of the findings in the first half unfurl.But all of a sudden I was reading a completely different book The vague, shadowy bad This almost felt like two books The first half was immensely enjoyable and interesting so much so that I was willing to ignore how thinly drawn some characters were, with the notable exception of Satvik, and how weird the style was at times with the short staccato sentences I loved the science and the idea behind the story, and I was expecting to see the consequences of the findings in the first half unfurl.But all of a sudden I was reading a completely different book The vague, shadowy bad guys yawn , the chase and escape scenes that I ended up skimming over , the hero surviving seemingly...


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    Every once in a while, you come across a novel that makes your brain want to explode The Flicker Men is one of those novels There is so a lot of sciencing going on, but the story is so much deeper than quantum physics and theories with life altering outcomes But, I will say, I did have to put the book down a few times in order to perform some research of my own not saying you have to do that, but I always like to learn about what I m reading Ted has ...


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    I found Ted Kosmatka s stories a few years back Prophet of Bones, The Games, and N Word along with a slew of other ingenious short stories tucked about in the better SF magazines Someone whose opinion I had come to appreciate in such matters told me You got to read this Kasmatka guy He writes like a boss They were correct When I got wind of Ted Kasmatka s latest, The Flicker Men, I finagled a way to get my hands on a pre published copy That s how much I wanted to read it I had an ide I found Ted Kosmatka s stories a few years back Prophet of Bones, The Games, and N Word along with a slew of other ingenious short stories tucked about in the better SF magazines Someone whose opinion I had come to appreciate in such matters told me You got to read this Kasmatka guy He writes like a boss They were correct When I got wind of Ted Kasmatka s latest, The Flicker Men, I finagled a way to get my hands on a pre published copy That s how much I wanted to read it I had an idea it might be good I didn t know it was going to be this good One early review suggests The Flicker Men is akin to Stephen King and Stephen Hawking writing a book together I cannot stress enough how this claim is not an exaggeration Imagine King and Hawking spending a year together pounding out the best science fiction thriller in their power Imagine too that the keen and lively spirit of another Stephen, noted evolutionary biologist, Stephen Jay Gould was in the room with them, cheerfully offering his...


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    A quantum physics thriller the first half is easy to follow, the second becomes a bit of a mind fuck which is fine by me but I wish the final resolutions had been clearer, I really have questions about the ending, which was supposed to be clearer.


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    Such an exciting and compelling SF thriller But while I d award the first half five stars, I d have to give the second three stars My enjoyment in the novel never floundered but I would have appreciated it evenif the science hadn t flown completely over my head I understood the gist of it and loved the premise but during the second half there were sections when I didn t have a clue what was going on Quantum physics, especially when it goes awry, isn t the easiest of subjects for a Such an exciting and compelling SF thriller But while I d award the first half five stars, I d have to give the second three stars My enjoyment in the novel never floundered but I would have a...


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.The Flicker Men starts with a great premise A physicist, somewhat wrecked by his past research which has made him doubt the nature of reality recreates an experiment which shows that light changes from wave to particle depending on how it is observed This is interesting enough in itself, but then he think about testing what exactly constitutes an observer Do animals have the self awareness to count I don t want I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.The Flicker Men starts with a great premise A physicist, somewhat wrecked by his past research which has made him doubt the nature of reality recreates an experiment which shows that light changes from wave to particle depending on how it is observed This is interesting enough in itself, but then he think about testing what exactly constitutes an observer Do animals have the self awareness to count I don t want to say muchabout this part of the plot, but it gave me some chills and made me think about just how alone we could be in our self awareness It also made me wonder if anything like this idea has actually been tested The science was interesting and plausible It s actually one of thescientific science fiction books I ve read recently, and I quite enjoye...


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The Flicker Men A Quantum Physicist Shocks The World With A Startling Experiment, Igniting A Struggle Between Science And Theology, Free Will And Fate, And Antagonizing Forces Not Known To Exist.Eric Argus Is A Washout His Prodigious Early Work Clouded His Reputation And Strained His Sanity But An Old Friend Gives Him Another Chance, An Opportunity To Step Back Into The Light.With Three Months To Produce New Research, Eric Replicates The Paradoxical Double Slit Experiment To See For Himself The Mysterious Dual Nature Of Light And Matter A Simple But Unprecedented Inference Blooms Into A Staggering Discovery About Human Consciousness And The Structure Of The Universe.His Findings Are Celebrated And Condemned In Equal Measure But No One Can Predict Where The Truth Will Lead And As Eric Seeks To Understand The Unfolding Revelations, He Must Evade Shadowy Pursuers Who Believe He Knows Entirely Too Much Already.