I first read this book in 9th grade, checked out from the public library. It was my first step into a brauder Sci Fi pallet. This was also the book that taught me to greatly dislike checed out books. (they have to be returned) Over the years I have searched for it to re-read and been unable to find it. What a joy it was to enjoy it in audiobook format. It may be just a little bit dated, but as a person who came into her own in the 1990's it was fun to read this alternate "future"
I don't think I have ever read so much physics in a fiction but the story was fun overall. Enders game is a little lighter reading. This is hard core science fiction.
I was a bit skeptical when I got this book since I've found "classic" sci fi to be rather hit or miss. But I took the chance, and I'm glad I did.
I'm very glad I knew going in that the book is the author's take on Vietnam since knowing that makes the book make more sense. The book would be enjoyable without knowing that, but the parallels are obvious when you know to look for them.
The story is very well done and well paced. About the time it starts to drag, something happens to pick things back up. It is well written and very emotional.
The reader does a very good job. Characters are individually voiced, including little foibles (such as the subtle lisp for the gay man). The reader adds emotion to the book, and I almost felt like William Mandella was the speaker.
And very excited. At first I didn't like this book - thought it was a bit too slow and antiquated by modern Scifi standards - sure it is dated at times often discussing issues that likely wouldn't be discussed if it was written today. Or maybe just wouldn't focus as much on sexuality.
But it doesn't matter. On the whole it's a 1000 year story and it's not always the most exciting but it is engaging and interesting throughout. Glad I stuck with it. At first I almost stopped listening because it was so slow and stuck in training for a while. Excited to see what an adaptation could do as this could use a well handled modern refresh.
Would read more!
Tell me about hard sci fi books!
Yes! I think it is a great work of sci-fi, with a powerful undertone of war.
Mandella - he is the protagonist
His performance didn't blow me away, but I didn't have any problems with it.
Yes, I couldn't stop after the first chapter.
Great story. Interesting take on relativistic travel and war. First rate narration. If you enjoy sci-fi by audiobook then I couldn't recommend this any more.
I would, mostly because I like how it starts out very single celled and unravels itself into this very deep book.
The Journey through times, and watching perspectives change due to cause & effect.
Beer for calories.