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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


    ISBN: 9781937007836
    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; The Coming; The Martian; Camouflage ; Buying Time

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Sat, 15 Dec 2012

The Forever War (again)

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Sun, 09 Jan 2011


    ISBN: 044101979X
    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: Earthbound; Marsbound; The Coming; Camouflage ; The Martian; The Accidental Time Machine

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Wed, 08 Dec 2010

Buying Time

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Wed, 20 Oct 2010

The Hemingway Hoax

    ISBN: 0380708000
    Avon Books (Mm) (1991), Edition: First Thus, Paperback, 160 pages
    A Hemingway scholar sets out to forge a lost Hemingway manuscript, with unexpected consequences. This is quite a different premise from other Joe Haldeman books I've read. In fact the feel of the initial part of the book is quite different, but this very quickly turns into a Haldeman story that people who have enjoyed his others will like. Its a bit more explicit about sex and wounds from combat than Haldeman normally is, but that is all there to further the plot in this case. This was a quick engaging read which I really enjoyed.

    Tags for this post: book joe_haldeman time_travel hemingway boston key_west combat
    Related posts: The Accidental Time Machine ; The Coming; Starbound; Dogs of War; Earthbound; Old Twentieth

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Sat, 16 Oct 2010


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Thu, 14 Oct 2010

The Accidental Time Machine

    ISBN: 978044101667
    Joe Haldeman does good work, and in general I have really liked his books. They're easy to read, fun, and interesting. Better than that, they're all quite different in the topics they cover, so he's not in a rut. The only exceptions have been There Is No Darkness, which wasn't very good and Forever Free, which I thought was lazily plotted. This book is no exception to the rule, and I really enjoyed it. One theme to Joe's work that I am noticing is that the "sex scenes" are always anti-climatic, which is interesting to note.

    I'd like to have heard more about the One Year War, but there is scope for that to be another separate book. I don't think this book suffers from the lack of coverage, and its mostly tangentially interesting because I'd like to see how a society transforms itself in that way.

    Tags for this post: book joe_haldeman time_travel space_travel religion drugs research nebula award
    Related posts: Forever Peace; Red Mars; Camouflage ; Rendezvous With Rama; Buying Time; The Forever War

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Tue, 31 Aug 2010

Old Twentieth

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Fri, 06 Aug 2010

The Coming

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Sat, 10 Jul 2010

There Is No Darkness

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Tue, 06 Jul 2010


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Sat, 10 Apr 2010

A Separate War & Other Stories

    ISBN: 9780441015177
    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; Battlefields Beyond Tomorrow ; Dogs of War; Space Soldiers; Marsbound

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Tue, 30 Mar 2010

Forever Free

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Sun, 15 Nov 2009

Forever Peace

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Wed, 11 Nov 2009

The Forever War

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