©2007 Joe Haldeman (P)2008 Recorded Books
Hard science fiction that brought back memories of when I lived in Bahston. Just plain fun - a good yard to listen to with some elements here and there to make you think for a "gray minute" (listen to the book for that now obvious meaning). Probably one of the better ways I've spent 8 hours recently. Not polished enough for five stars but a page turner or enough to have you sitting out in the car waiting for a good place to turn the MP3 player off.
This book has me going back and considering Mr. Halderman's other selection.
Not the best time travel story, but not the worst. The Time Traveler's Wife, for instance, is much better. The First 15 Lives of Harry August was better.
I have no idea how this book ended up in my library. I have no recollection of buying it, and I had never heard of it before. Out of curiosity, I started listening to it, and I ended up hooked. A great time traveling story, with a new take on an old idea. However it ended up being in my collection, I'm glad it did.
It has been sometime since I have read such a curiously entertaining science fiction book. This novel represents a clever interpretation of how time functions. Going into the future and back into the past has never been more entertaining. The characters are not complex, which makes for a fun read. If you're looking for serious prose, look elsewhere. This book caters to the weekend reader as opposed to the serious academic.
A personal story that ends happy and the characters develop as the story goes. Hopefully humanity goes on as long as the storyline tells
I find it ironic hat the author chooses Christianity as the religion that basically destroys society in his science fiction story . A more realistic version would have had Mohammad appear in the White House & the religion that sets humanity back hundreds of years would much more likely be Islam. Unfortunately the author wants to infer that Christianity would run amok in the future if given enough power , which is ridiculous. Sharia Law speaks for itself .
I picked up this book as a freebie in an Audible buy one get one free sale, and I didn't have high expectations for it, but I ended up enjoying it a lot more than the other book that I paid for in the sale.
I'd say the only downside to the book is that the writing and narration are both a bit amateurish, but once you get past that, the book is quite enjoyable. What unique about the time traveler in this book is that he has no idea how his time machine works, and he can't really control the points in time that he travels to, but through experimentation, he's able to predict where in time he will end up.
If you have the opportunity to pick up this book on sale (or as a freebie like I did), I would definitely recommend doing so.
I was very surprised how interesting and dynamic book it was. It was fun to listen to. I liked the most how the author ridiculed religion. I was laughing a lot!. Highly recommended.
Enjoyable book. I grabbed it by chance but am glad I did. If you have read and studied time travel the are lots of fun nods to most of the genre. The end is satisfying with a small laugh.
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