Around the time that Carmen was getting acclimated to Mars and Solingen kept getting nastier, I started to chafe at the lack of pace and coherence. Haldeman must be a Heinlein fan however, because this time he has written his version of Podkayne of Mars. Turned out this is probably a book for young adults. I enjoy writing short stories, but only do one or two a year. As she struggles to overcome her pain and confusion as well as deal with her studies, Susan finds herself hunted by violent anti-tech vigilantes who would revert mankind to the dark ages—and at the same time watched very closely by extremists who want high-tech genocide.
On a day-to-day basis I wake up in the morning and I can do anything I feel like doing. John Scalzi is becoming guilty of this, and I no longer read his books anymore because of it. Susan Calvin is about to enter her second year as a psych resident at the Manhattan Hasbro teaching hospital when a violent crime strikes her very close to home. The technology is interesting, but nothing happens. Every 10 years or so, you have to come up with £1,000,000 minimum to repeat the procedure or die.
Perhaps if I were preteen and female I would find something in this book, but I don't see it at all. We see some weird sex scenes and veiled references to the Kama Sutra, as if that's edgy or something? Young Carmen Dula and her family are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, they're going to Mars. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. The dialogue is realistic and typically Haldemanesque. It might be worth dying, just to stop the pain of living. I found her narrator's voice annoying. Will read, and plan to enjoy, the sequel.
Sadly, I'll probably do that until one of us kicks the bucket -- that's how good those early books were. The writing throughout was very clear, and Haldeman did a good job fleshing her out, and making her not just believable, but someone you'd want to know. I was a little disappointed that Card never pulled an atomic bomb out of his luggage, but he turned out to be cooler than Podkayne's younger brother. . Now Carmen Dula, the first human to encounter Martians and then the mysterious alien Others, and her colleagues struggle to find a way—using nineteenth-century technology—to reclaim the future that has been stolen from them. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. I liked that the narrator was a teenage girl, and that she was an intelligent teenage girl without major hangups.
There are very interesting ideas in this novel and ways t Reasons this novel deserves four stars: This novel had a great deal of fairly accurate science. In many scenes, especially towards the end, you have the feeling that the author is in a hurry to conclude with the result that the feelings of the characters show lack of credibility and the same heroic actions occur so quickly to prevent the reader to enjoy them. Weak and slow moving story What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you? Haldeman proves the old Heinlein juvenile is alive and well, though I'm not sure his take on it will hold up as well as Heinlein's did. Haldeman, as always, does his best to get the science right and make the technology he describes sound as realistic as possible. I'm looking forward to the next volume in the trilogy. But Jacks other talent is also in demand. But the interstellar visitor has arrived with a secret and gory purpose of its own.
The story just didn't engage me, though, and it isn't helped by a group of aliens that I just wasn't buying into. I am looking forward to reading the next two books in the series. And that gets thrown a way a bit with the realization that this was all an eventuality with or without Carmen. Guardian, published in December 2002, is a hard-sf novel set in 1894, 1952, 2004, and points beyond. It has a fine description of a group stuck together in a small space for months and how people get on each others' nerves but some relationships are established and stay together.
It's just kind of what the fuck. His luck, however, runs out when he finds himself wanted for murder - in the future. Haldeman gives the reader a nice description of aliens who don't understand aspects of their own lives. The aliens find her and fix her injuries while unintentionally giving her a disease. Denser than any substance known to man, it has broken every drill bit they've tried on it and will not budge an inch. They believe a Spirit within the Earth will one day appear and welcome humanity back home.
I'm kind of sad about this one. No, it's not page after page of technical exposition. Good, solid piece of science fiction. Carmen accidentally stumbles into one of the most remarkable events in human history - literally. The Navy's efforts to raise a wrecked submarine uncover it - and set in motion a scientific race to retrieve it, to discover just what it is and where it came from.