©2007 Joe Haldeman (P)2008 Recorded Books
This isn't the deepest or most insightful science fiction out there, and to be honest it felt a bit too similar to The Forever War (a man stuck in multiple far-out futures that seem alien to him). But the main character was pretty likable and I still enjoyed it. The pacing's good and the author does a good job of keeping you interested in what's coming next.
I'd recommend it if you're looking for a light read, but if you haven't read "The Forever War" I recommend you check that out instead.
This story doesn't drag its heels, but it leaves some holes in the story that you wish the author had closed. Still a good listen for science fiction fans though.
I would rewrite the second half or so of the book to build on the strong beginning. It's almost as if this book is a combination of two efforts, the strong first-half effort and the weak, silly second-half effort.
I'd be willing to give him another chance. The first half of the book reveals him to be a very good author.
I would not. I think the movie would be all special effects to try to capture the second half, and to me a plot is more important than effects.
I was really excited about this book when I started reading, as I'm now into a phase in my science-fiction-reading career where time travel intrigues me. But the silly second half of the book made me want to just finish the thing so I could at least find out how it ends, then move on. I also don't like authors mixing religion and science fiction. Too many authors these days use their books as platforms to expound on their negative view of religion. If there were such a thing as Christian science fiction, I would not read it either; when I pick up a sci fi book, I want the sci fi, not a sermon, no matter what the author's religious views might be.
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Not too much to say - I find Time Travel stories pretty interesting and thought-provoking in general, and this one was no exception. I’d recommend it if you like the genre.
The ability to listen while I drive :-) It was a very good book to have read to me.
No but when the commercial breaks (times I wasn't in my car) became to long I wanted to go out and drive just so I could find out what happened next in the story.
This story is about as long as one part of others. Interestingly it takes you on a journey that is unimaginable before you get there.
Interesting inclusion of real science and theory in to a fictional story. I found myself wanting more but feeling satisfied that I had all I needed.
Amusing satirical view of the future, had some good laughs with this book. Worth a read especially if you are short on time.
Haldeman proves himself the master of the hard-SF novel. The protagonist is engaging and funny. When I thought the plot was going to follow a predictable path, Haldeman opened a new door.
I love science fiction. I love science. While I can suspend my disbelief as well as the best of them I totally love it when somebody writes a great story without bending my brain too badly.
This story is less about the science than it is about the situations the poor kid gets into because he is traveling through time. And he does get into some tough binds - as would anyone accidentally traveling through time.
I thought this story was pretty clever. I do not listen to much sci-fi anymore -- I seldom find it entertaining -- but the description appealed to me and the novel did not let me down.
No worries - this is NOT "hard" science fiction. There was no work in trying to follow the science to get through this one.
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