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Tor, Jan 2002, 25.95, 365 pp.
ISBN: 076530337X

    College literature professor Daniel Glynn still grieves the loss of his spouse Julie. He also feels guilty that he is unable to offer solace to his son Sean, suffering from painful nightmares. At the same time in Los Angeles, Daniel's brother Michael, a TV ad director, struggles with the recent death of a loved one. Neither sibling can turn to the other for relief, as they detest one another.
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    As the two siblings separately cope with death, strange beings assault both of them in different but related incidents involving demands to hand over the “codes” or reveal the whereabouts of one another. These "crossovers" force Michael and Daniel to seek each other out or else die. As they close in on one other, each brother questions what the future will hold, but both predict with absolute certainty that death is inevitable and this may be their time.

    THE IMPOSSIBLE BIRD is an exciting science fiction thriller that provides a series of unbelievable subplots tied together by the Glynn brothers. The story line seemingly touches on every corner of the absurd and then some including hummingbirds as a key element to the wild plot. However, that hitting so much on full cylinders causes the reader to lose empathy with the lead couple as the wild plot overwhelms the audience with a what next attitude. Fans of a weird well written, but all over the place journey past a certain sign post will enjoy Patrick O'Leary's strange adventure.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   computer/database Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Family relations    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scholar


Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a fair amount of scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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