when I roll my eyes
say, "but that isn't how it is today."
Second, I should have a bit more confidence in my favorite
authors. hey, I am learning . Catherine has
given me many hours (she
has multiple books ) of reading and escape to other
worlds. Her science is so strong it makes me go look things
up! That is a compliment, by the way!
Third, it was definitely about the clash of cultures -- in
romance, life, and ways of thinking. That strikes very
close to my reality. Marrying a person whose parents were 1-
Catholic and 2 - Puerto Rican while mine were 1- Mennonite
and 2 - Swiss-German, has made for an interesting if not
painful clash over the years. Did I want to read about
others living through the same conflicts? Not necessarily,
least not at a holiday time when those memories and
emotions are closer to the surface.
Fourth, the heroine appears sort of stupid (don't know
another word to use for her :-) that comes quickly to my
mind especially after expressing out loud, 'can she get any
stupider?') and the hero isn't really my cup of tea, so
talking about his physical characteristics (yuck) and his
close-minded ideas makes for a bit of rough going in the
HOWEVER -- and this is the important part -- this is a good
read! Overall, THE VEILED WEB is a book that
to keep reading even through adverse conditions -- the
phone kept ringing, the defrag went berserk , I was
given work to do (sheesh). And I loved Zaki, the AI
(artificial intelligence) avatar (graphical
representation). Through Zaki I learned to accept, along
with Lucia, Rashid. I want Zaki on my computers!
My fears of the harem were put to rest. This wasn't a make-
believe harem with dancing girls, but a sort of life,
having worked professionally with technical professionals
is familiar. Roles I would not accept but
ones that I have seen in practice. Plus, I know
people who practice Islam and have respected their
observance of Ramadan. Also, I read this during Ramadan so
it broadens my
understanding a bit, which is always good in my opinion.
This background for the novel fascinated me as Lucia
learned about it and in turn 'educated' me .
The science was NOT dated. It was so real to life, after
all, I use my Bonzai Buddy at home all the time to travel
around the web. And I have studied and use neural networks
in my business life. I liked reading about the
interpretation of it on the WWW. Good stuff -- I had to go
look up some things.
And last but not least, I am humbled that once more an
author has managed to make me go past my prejudices and
stereotypes to find a new intriguing world to discover and
meditate upon. This book will be sticking with me a bit
longer than most. Excellent work!
Reviewed by S J Reyes
Posted August 29, 2001