The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Is this a wholly urban fantasy? Or is it a light sci-fi adventure? Is it Office Space meets Star Trek Trills? Is it a self-fulfillment fantasy for overweight and undermotivated readers who dream of getting the ultimate lifestyle overhaul into becoming the ultimate ninja?
Yes. Yes, it is.
And for any of you that aren't already hooked into reading the first of this trilogy? The writing is crisp and clear and it flows like ice down a mountain. We've got some pretty decent fight scenes, an obligatory love triangle (sorry for you poor readers who are already sick of such), and life forms that have been living on the earth since the dinosaurs. Contiguously. What's not to love about such an idea? (What? Plot holes? Who cares. This is a pretty damn fun novel that works seamlessly as a satire. (If you care to read it as such.) I don't mind, either way, and it was fun either way.)
There's nothing wrong with light-hearted sci-fi. It doesn't challenge, but it is a delight to read.
Some might successfully argue that this is what makes it superior. I suppose that depends mostly an your mood or the current setting on your snob-knob.
I'm pretty flexible. I can easily recommend this to anyone.
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