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Forever Peace Hardcover – 25 Jun 1998

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  • Hardcover: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books (25 Jun. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441004067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441004065
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 318,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joe Haldeman was born in Oklahoma in 1943 and studied physics and astronomy before serving as a combat engineer in Vietnam, where he was severely wounded and won a Purple Heart. The Forever War was his first SF novel and it won both the Hugo and Nebula awards, a feat which The Forever Peace repeated. He is also the author of, among others, Mindbridge, All My Sins Remembered, Worlds, Worlds Apart and Worlds Enough and Time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Sept. 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Joe Haldeman is so very underrated. There is so much good writing in this book I don't know how he does it. He put a lot of work and heart into this and it shows. This is classic sf and best of all it deals with so many real social and technological issues relevant even right now. The characters are real, not the usual stuck up cardboard cutouts you get in sci-fi. There are very few sci-fi authors who are willing to take on and discuss possible solutions to humanities problems (too risky), rather they just fly off into space centuries from now and say science fixed it or the holocaust reset everything, convenient! Joe Haldeman is not avoiding difficult social issues which make a lot of sci-fi seem dorky and pie in the sky. Better still he uses difficult social issues as he bread and butter. However this does not mean that we do not get giant hi tech mechanical killers and the like, Haldeman brings them on big time and they are very convincing.
I was put off by some of the reviews here of Forever Peace and I'm glad I ignored them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Hatherell on 5 Feb. 2000
Format: Paperback
An enjoyable read if not outstanding. The story kept me interested from start to finish but some how it was missing something, maybe it was the premise of the story, that you can remove part of human nature and still be human that I disagreed with but something was missing. The characterisation was not completely succesful for me, too many characters seemed flat and unconvincing, it may be that the author tried to cover too much ground too quickly but at best this is a good, workman like book that delivers an intersting but not outstanding read. In a couple of weeks time it will be other books and other characters that I remeber and not this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Feb. 1998
Format: Hardcover
Readers who have enjoyed other Haldeman books will find "Forever Peace" disappointing. The problems begin with the title, which, no matter what Haldeman's disavowals, inevitably asks us to compare it against his classic "Forever War." And, unlike that book, "Forever Peace" has no likable characters, including that protagonist. It also has a confused and forgettable series of plot threads which Haldeman himself seemingly loses interest in mid-way through the book. Not recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
I am surprised by the readers who have compared Haldeman's new novel unfavorably to "The Forever War." That early novel's virtues notwithstanding, Haldeman's prose is much better in the books he wrote in the eighties and nineties, and I find his style one of his greatest virtues. (His plots can be, if anything, a bit too well-oiled and smooth-running. I tend to prefer his meditative works, such as "World Enough and Time," over the more thriller-like ones, such as "Tool of the Trade.")
Narrative consciousness (what you would call "characterization") is better conveyed by a book's prose than by its plot, and I found the stoicism (and the descent into despair) of the protagonist very strong. Perhaps the final quarter of the novel has a bit too many precisely-timed entrances and exits; "The Long Habit of Living" (aka "Buying Time") is another one of Haldeman's better novels that can perhaps be faulted on these grounds. But I read the novel straight through, pausing to reread paragraphs that seemed especially good, and have no problem commending the novel.
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By Stephen A. Osborn on 29 Jun. 2015
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I read this after reading Forever Free which was truly awful. This is much better so possibly I have been a little generous.

The basic idea is a very interesting one, I thought the plot was okay and was carried forward quite well. The change of narrative viewpoint, that others have not commented on negatively, did not put me off. Character development was a somewhat weak.

I think that there was one enormous plot hole, see below, which undercut the ending by quite a bit. That left me feeling rather cheated that this had not been addressed at all.

Probably I wanted to give this 3 to 3.5 stars but it crept up to 4 stars because of the context in which I read it.

SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS

Everyone needs to have an operation to have the jack inserted. That presumably cannot be done on children whilst they are still growing and developing, so what happens to everyone from birth until, say, 18 who has all of the normal human aggressive tendencies in a pacifistic world. What if the 18 year olds don't want to be operated on?
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By A Customer on 28 Oct. 1997
Format: Hardcover
Having been a big fan of Joe Haldeman since reading Forever War as a teenager (and re-reading it many times since), I was really looking forward to Forver Peace. What a let down.
The trademark Haldeman style is there, as is the theme structured around warfare, but what really missed for me was the story line. The villains in the story were completely unbelievable - I just found it difficult to swallow that the strongest opposition to a plan that would alter the minds of everyone on the planet (killing about 1 in 10 along the way) would come from a collection of a few thousand religious serial killer psychopaths. I kept asking myself if I would be willing to undergo the treatment, and the answer kept coming back "Not a chance!"
Still, Haldeman's prose is, as always, very readable, and there are some interesting ideas to think about along the way. I'd recommend this one to Haldeman fans only; readers new to Haldeman would be well advised to start elsewhere (the Forver War would be my selection).
Steve.
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