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Pixie Dust, by Henry Melton Book Review | SFReader.com
Pixie Dust, by Henry Melton Genre: Faith Based Science Fiction Publisher: Wire Rim Books Published: 2010 Review Posted: 7/10/2013 Reviewer Rating:
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Pixie Dust, by Henry Melton
Book Review by Paul Weiss
Have you read this book?
Sophomoric, soporific and downright silly!
Jenny Quinn is a young graduate student working towards an advanced
degree in experimental physics. But an unfortunate accident in the lab
leads to her professor's death in a subsequent fall and infects her body
with what she is calling "dark matter". The trouble is that the
quantity of dark matter is increasing at an exponential rate and it is
causing Jenny to float uncontrollably.
A premise like this might have been interesting if it was approached a
little more sensibly and kept under control. But, sadly, PIXIE DUST is
little more than a nonsensical collection of cutting edge physics
concepts randomly tossed into a blender with no consideration given to
common sense or reality.
Dark matter repels real matter (but somehow
the atoms in Jenny Quinn's body manage to maintain their integrity); the
quantity of dark matter increases in time with no apparent reason (but
somehow Jenny manages to maintain her girlish figure and doesn't weigh
any more even when gravity is behaving normally!); magnetic fields
applied to the dark matter create a negative gravity field that allows
Jenny to float; in the presence of the dark matter, electric current can
be used to induce a magnetic field but there is no apparent draw in
power (can anyone say perpetual motion?) ... the list of
pseudo-scientific babbling is really quite appalling!
Somewhere around page 60, the book, which already held little of my
interest, also lost any remaining credibility when Jenny began to search
back issues of comic books for ideas to create a super-hero costume. Oh
Give me a break, Mr Melton. With so much stellar young adult fiction
around, I can't imagine giving this to teenage readers and expecting
them to be intelligently entertained any more than I was.
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