Friday, November 11, 2016

Injustice Book Review: Brother, Frank by Michael Bunker

Cower not, fierce reader! This fine day, we shall look at the sins contained within this tome from Amish Science Fiction author Michael Bunker. This case shall be brief, but the darkness of Injustice must expose this contrast to the light of SocJus!

First, this is another of Mr. Bunker's fine Amish SF stories. This of course, is a first order offense, as religion being portrayed as anything other than the domain of the foolish and stupid is unacceptable. Mr. Bunker portrays the Amish life here both from without and within,  the characters having their own appropriate opinions toward them.

Second, this tale has elements of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein without being a retelling. Some of the same points are made, especially about playing God with life and death. The metaphysics doesn't stop there, and there are many other points contemplating the nature of existence, life, and man's place with God.

Third, this book deals with autism, its treatment, and the development of the autistic mind. While the author meets the autistic where he is, the ultimate goal is to approach normal relational skillls. The idea of a standard of relational ability, is of course foreign to SocJus, as is true empathy for those with similar developmental problems like Down's Syndrome.

This book deals in life, death, and faith. There is confrontation with truth, redemption, damnation, and the gamut of human emotion. Action is certainly present, though only in the amounts the story needs. It is not an action book, but a book of humanity. 8 of 10 fell deeds.

When you play Social Justice, the world loses.

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