The discussion on this book was great, since we were able to talk about the world in general as well as the story.  There were lots of discussions on the characters and the writing style.  The disparate beginnings confused everyone, but we all agreed it came together well in the end.  The Anderson character was interesting, in that you start out being able to identify with him, and he might be a little mean.  In the end he ends up being a monster that gets his just deserves.  We also talked about the manipulation of animals and people.  I thought it wasn’t feasible for the changes to be such a step function.  I would expect some people to have smaller improvements, and not fully reworked genomes.  I look forward to the next discussion as well, and I’m a little surprised that people agreed to read the books on religion.