The Philosopher’s Apprentice, by James Morrow (12 May − 25 May)

I read this book in 15-minute intervals on the train to and from work, and it was actually the perfect book for it. Just engaging enough to make me want to keep reading it, but not so much that I couldn’t put it down. Even when I had the weekend to finish it up, I was reading it in small doses.

This book is one of those with three “books” in it — three stories taking place at different points in the characters’ lives. It begins with a philosophy Ph.D candidate walking out on his dissertation defense. As he drowns his sorrows in a pub, he is offered a job — creating a conscience in a girl who has lost hers to amnesia. This, of course, is not the real reason for the lack of conscience, and the book takes you through all sorts of ethical dilemmas in attempting to account for this girl’s life and the lives of a heck of a lot of people. Highlights include a cloning experiment, an army of fetuses (feti?), and a trip on the Titanic Redux.

Rating: 8/10

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