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The prolific Mosley, who made his name with mysteries, has also written science fiction, a graphic novel, and film scripts. This is the third installment in his visionary flipbook series. Like the previous two titles (The Gift of Fire/The Head of a Pin; Merge/Disciple), it combines sf elements with an apocalyptic view of planet Earth. In Stepping Stone, a man everyone assumes is retarded sees a woman whom no one else can see. By the end of the story, he's leading a rearguard action against a race of "intergalactic social spiders." In Love Machine, a woman submits to a cyberexperiment that results in her joining a "Co-mind." Mosley's strength has always been getting readers inside the skins of people different from themselves, but that element is unfortunately missing in these overheated semiparables. They're abstract, hyperbolic, and padded with cliches and fuzzy language. VERDICT This double book will probably sell because Mosley has many admirers, but it's not very good.--David Keymer, Modesto, CA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Mosley's Crosstown to Oblivion series (each volume of which features two short novels packaged back-to-back in the manner of the old Ace Doubles) continues with this third installment. In Love Machine, a scientist has created a device that allows human minds to share thoughts and emotions. The scientist dreams of a collective human mind shared by all of humanity, but is he a groundbreaking researcher, an evil genius, or a self-appointed god? In Stepping Stone, a man begins to imagine that he's encountering a mysterious woman only he can see. Slowly his life begins to change his dreams taking him to other places, his nightmares showing him real events and eventually he discovers that he might be humanity's savior, but also its destroyer. Both stories are well written and imaginative, although Stepping Stone is a bit stronger, thanks to its compelling first-person narration. Astute readers will see where the plots are going early on (even the series title is a giveaway), but, even so, there is plenty here both style and story to satisfy readers of speculative fiction.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist