Content here is by Michael Still mikal@stillhq.com. All opinions are my own.
See recent comments. RSS feed of all comments.


These posts mostly relate to books I am reading or series I am collecting to read in order (I tend to collect the series and then read it in one block). You can see a see a list of the books I am currently seeking, as well as a list of all the books I've bothered to catalog if you're interested.


Fri, 18 Jan 2013



Earthbound




    ISBN: 9781937007836
    LibraryThing
    This is the third book in the Marsbound series. The Others have just turned off all electronics on Earth, and now we need to survive. One problem with this book is that it jumps straight into the action -- I had to go back and re-read Marsbound and Starbound in order to understand what was happening in this book. That was ok because those two books are excellent, and I enjoyed re-reading them. In fact, those two are probably a little better than this one.

    Overall Earthbound is pretty dark, and there isn't a lot of hope presented -- its just a series of scenes where the main characters attempt to deal with an all powerful adversary. Perhaps if the Others weren't so powerful this would be a better book, because you just know that everyone is doomed. I also respect authors who are willing to kill off lead characters, but that happens a lot in this book, which sort of bothered me. Perhaps that's what combat is really like though -- people you have an attachment to just stop being there. There's no warning or explanation.

    The end of this book isn't very satisfying. There better be a sequel or I'm going to be annoyed.

    Tags for this post: book joe_haldeman mars aliens exploration space_travel first_contact marsbound post_apocalypse combat
    Related posts: Starbound; Marsbound; Rendezvous With Rama; Red Mars; Mars: A Survival Guide; Camouflage


posted at: 15:11 | path: /book/Joe_Haldeman | permanent link to this entry


Sat, 15 Dec 2012



The Forever War (again)

posted at: 21:58 | path: /book/Joe_Haldeman | permanent link to this entry


Sun, 09 Jan 2011



Starbound




    ISBN: 044101979X
    LibraryThing
    This is the newly released sequel for Marsbound which I really liked, so I was excited when this arrived the other day. This book is much like the previous one stylistically, being written as a set of mostly first person diary entries. However, the people writing these entries are older now, and this feels less like a teen fiction novel. There is also more than one narrator in this book, unlike the first, with generally each chapter being narrated by one of three people. This can be a bit jarring at first, because it takes a while to realize that a new person is narrating and that's why the point of view changed. You get used to it though. This book is also quite Heinlein like in this level of sex, which is similar to Marsbound, but not true of all of the Haldeman books I've read -- I think it might be a relatively recent change to his style.

    Overall a good book, I enjoyed it, and I can't wait for the next one in the series (which Joe finished at the end of 2010).

    Tags for this post: book joe_haldeman mars aliens exploration space_travel sanity first_contact marsbound
    Related posts: Marsbound; Earthbound; Rendezvous With Rama; Red Mars; Mars: A Survival Guide; Camouflage


posted at: 15:21 | path: /book/Joe_Haldeman | permanent link to this entry


Wed, 08 Dec 2010



Buying Time

posted at: 03:19 | path: /book/Joe_Haldeman | permanent link to this entry


Wed, 20 Oct 2010



The Hemingway Hoax

posted at: 14:41 | path: /book/Joe_Haldeman | permanent link to this entry


Sat, 16 Oct 2010



Camouflage

posted at: 02:38 | path: /book/Joe_Haldeman | permanent link to this entry


Thu, 14 Oct 2010



The Accidental Time Machine

posted at: 21:58 | path: /book/Joe_Haldeman | permanent link to this entry


Tue, 31 Aug 2010



Old Twentieth

posted at: 03:50 | path: /book/Joe_Haldeman | permanent link to this entry


Fri, 06 Aug 2010



The Coming




    ISBN: 0441008763
    Ace (2001), Edition: First Thus, Paperback, 288 pages
    LibraryThing
    This book wasn't as good as I hoped it would be -- some of Joe's other work has been excellent (The Forever War, Forever Peace and Marsbound being examples). However, some of his other books are very weak, such as Forever Free and There Is No Darkness. This book is an interesting experiment in story telling style, where many different very short chapters are told by different characters. Each chapter follows on directly from the previous one. However, this style makes the story confusing to read until you can remember the names of all the characters. Worse than that though, the idea behind the story isn't terribly strong, and the resolution is weak as well.

    Overall and ok read, but not Joe's best work and not a book I would recommend.

    Tags for this post: book joe_haldeman alien space_travel florida first_contact
    Related posts: Starbound; Rendezvous With Rama; Marsbound; Earthbound; The Apocalypse Troll; Citadel


posted at: 23:45 | path: /book/Joe_Haldeman | permanent link to this entry


Sat, 10 Jul 2010



There Is No Darkness

posted at: 22:08 | path: /book/Joe_Haldeman | permanent link to this entry


Tue, 06 Jul 2010



Marsbound

posted at: 04:16 | path: /book/Joe_Haldeman | permanent link to this entry


Sat, 10 Apr 2010



A Separate War & Other Stories




    ISBN: 9780441015177
    LibraryThing
    This is a short story collection. I like anthologies, and this one was pretty good. The stories are:

    • A Separate War: the end of The Forever War told from the perspective of Marygay.
    • Diminished Chord: love and music on an old harp like instrument.
    • Giza: genetic engineering to enable space mining.
    • Foreclosure: let's get rid of those nasty squatters.
    • Four short novels: eventually it came to pass that no one ever had to die...
    • For White Hill: artists as collateral damage in an interstellar war
    • Finding My Shadow: biological warfare in Boston.
    • Civil Disobedience: global warming in a post Bush world.
    • Memento Mori: a very short story about modern medicine.
    • Faces: life as a draftee on a planet with a noxious atmosphere.
    • Heartwired: viagra for the soul.
    • Brochure: a badly polluted Earth reopens as a Disney resort.
    • Out of Phase: a shape shifting alien learns about power on Earth, to the detriment of the Earthlings.
    • Power Complex: the same shape shifting alien learns about real power.
    • Fantasy for Six Electrodes and One Adrenaline Drip: a script involving love (or at least sex) and murder in a world with immersion entertainment.


    Tags for this post: book joe_haldeman forever_war combat group_mind anthology time_dilation aliens
    Related posts: The Forever War; Forever Free; Isaac Asimov's Robot Short Stories; Ender's Game; Space Soldiers; Battlefields Beyond Tomorrow


posted at: 21:25 | path: /book/Joe_Haldeman | permanent link to this entry


Tue, 30 Mar 2010



Forever Free

posted at: 23:22 | path: /book/Joe_Haldeman | permanent link to this entry


Sun, 15 Nov 2009



Forever Peace

posted at: 22:44 | path: /book/Joe_Haldeman | permanent link to this entry


Wed, 11 Nov 2009



The Forever War

posted at: 14:14 | path: /book/Joe_Haldeman | permanent link to this entry