©2007 Joe Haldeman (P)2008 Recorded Books
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.
You will wish you had remained in 2008 rather than have wasted your time reading this science fiction piece of dribble. It is especially disappointing after Mr. Haldeman's entertaining book, The Forever War. This book is written with the imagination and care of a poorly educated American seventh grader. Your time will be better spent doing nothing.
I have had many wonderful experiences with audio books. This was not one of them. The writing was sophomoric. The plot and the characters were weak. The narrator was average (although he didn't have a lot to work with). The author borrowed some classic icons from other great works such as the monolith from 2001 A Space Odyssey, but even then wasn't able to use them with any literary impact. On the positive side, the book had a good title.
I love science fiction and time travel stories, but this was just dreadful. The lead character comes across like an imbecile. When he skips time he learns his mother has Alzheimer's and has absolutely no reaction to this news. In fact we never get any sense of what is going on in his head, except when Martha is about to get naked - which almost happens again and again. I loathed this miscreant of a character. And then there was Martha. From a religiously conservative background she apparently has no sexual desires or instincts. A bird is born knowing how to build a nest, Martha was born with no sexual instinct whatsoever according to this author.
There is also nothing at stake in this dull effort. One just doesn't give a damn if they live or die. Almost no character development. Avoid at all costs.
No character history or development for any of the characters.
Avoid at all costs.
This book simply lacks the characters or story quality that made Forever War and the World's Trilogy such great books. Even a so-so book could become a good one when framed in the kind of incredible prose Haldeman has demonstrated in his best books - but that quality too is lacking here.
Buying a Haldeman book has been a no-brainer for me in the past.. but I have grown increasingly disenchanted with his works over the past years.
I was looking at a couple of time travel titles and stumbled across this short yet witty time travel experience. It provides a rather unique view of time travel and focuses mainly on the characters rather than the technology beyond the phenomena. This book combined humor, religion, holograms etc to weave a rather unique tapestry of an experiment gone wild and in the end was a solid listen. Slightly short however, so you must debate whether you want to use your credit or not!!!
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