The Gift of Fire / On the Head of a Pin by Walter Mosley

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Mosley gives a fresh voice to these ideas of a messiah and a tap into global memories.
-Denver Post

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New York Times bestselling author Walter Mosley delivers two speculative tales, in one volume, of everyday people exposed to life-altering truths. The Gift of Fire In ancient mythology, the Titan Prometheus was punished by the gods for bringing man the gift of fire—an event that set humankind on its course of knowledge. As punishment for making man as powerful as gods, Prometheus was bound to a rock; every day his immortal body was devoured by a giant eagle. But in The Gift of Fire, those chains cease to be, and the great champion of man walks from that immortal prison into present-day South Central Los Angeles.
On the Head of a Pin Joshua Winterland and Ana Fried are working at Jennings-Tremont Enterprises when they make the most important discovery in the history of this world—or possibly the next. JTE is developing advanced animatronics editing techniques to create high-end movies indistinguishable from live-action. Long dead stars can now share the screen with today’s A-list. But one night Joshua and Ana discover something lingering in the rendered footage…an entity that will lead them into a new age beyond the reality they have come to know.

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About Walter Mosley

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WALTER MOSLEY is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America today. A New York Times –bestselling author, his work has been translated into more than twenty-one languages. Mosley, the winner of an O. Henry Award, a Grammy, and PEN America's Lifetime Achievement Award, lives in New York City.
 
Published May 8, 2012 by Tor Books. 304 pages
Genres: Other, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Gift of Fire / On the Head of a Pin
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Kirkus

Below average
Jun 01 2012

Ingenious and mystical, although readers familiar with fantasy and science fiction will find little new or provocative here.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Walter Mosley on Jun 03 2012

And while he doesn't lack for original ideas and vibrant writing, the characters and story ultimately lack the depth necessary to satisfactorily convey the messages he's trying to get across.

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Denver Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Fred Cleaver on May 27 2012

Mosley gives a fresh voice to these ideas of a messiah and a tap into global memories.

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The Agony Column

Excellent
Reviewed by Rick Kleffel on May 16 2012

The prose is superb, the characters have depth and the ideas are excitingly handled.

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Thinking About Books

Below average
Reviewed by David Marshall on Jun 27 2012

Both novellas suffer from the same facile moralism. Walter Mosely is promoting the view that coming together across all divides, the art of compromise no matter how repugnant that may be, is the path to enlightenment. Neither story is successful, whether as no doubt well-intentioned moralising or as science fiction/fantasy.

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Bookgasm

Good
Reviewed by Alan Cranis on Jun 15 2012

The rewards are well worth the effort, and Mosley has again secured his position as one of most worthy — and now varied — contemporary American authors.

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Backlisted

Below average
Reviewed by Andrew Wilmot on May 02 2012

...The Gift of Fire and On the Head of a Pin just don’t reach far enough.

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Read All Day

Good
Reviewed by Nina Sankovitch on Jul 16 2012

Great reading, and great understanding, through the works of Walter Mosley.

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