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Marsbound Hardcover – 1 Jul 2008

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; First Edition edition (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441015956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441015955
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 2.7 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,428,896 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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Sudworth VINE VOICE on 26 Dec. 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In comparison to Forever War this is a lot slower and not as good - but its an intriguing read
It is a bit slow off the mark with quite a lot of the first section devoted to the mechanics of getting to Mars but its does allow time for the main characters to develop. There is plenty of typical inter family 'niggles' that I could have skipped but utlimately shows why the heroine is the way she is ..
And then 'bamg' after a very short period on Mars where she makes an enemy of the colony administrator for a reason that is never really explained you get 'first contact' and after that the pace is very rapid
The interplay between the humans and 'martians' is well done - not the usual exteremes of either ET or Independance Day - as I say not his best but apparently the start of a series
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert on 1 Nov. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a young YA book in the model of Heinlein's Podkayne of Mars. In fact it is so like it that one might as well read the original. The result is a book that does not read like Haldeman's other excellent works, but instead feels like a 1960's sci-fi novel with all the good bits left out. No real personalities. Everyone is what they appear. Protagonists are super bright. There is even in annoying little brother called Card, who is a clone of Podkayne's brother Clarke. One of the ,most surprising gaffs, for Haldeman anyway, was the space elevator. Something hugely expensive to build with great advantages and savings over launch costs, has one capsule that takes forty passengers every few days. To make it worthwhile, the beanstalk needs to be in constant use with hthousands of tonnes of material every month. There has to be redundancy, but Haldeman has one maintainance crawler attached to the main capsule that does a bit of DIY as it travels.
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By Anakina on 11 July 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
How cute this "Marsbound"! This was my first feeling when I started reading it and continued throughout the novel, which is actually the first of a trilogy. For some strange miracle it has arrived in Italy, too. In fact, the reason is simple: it is a medium-sized novel. But this is not, in my opinion, certainly its biggest value, indeed quite the opposite.
But let's proceed in an orderly fashion. The young heroine-by-accident Carmen Dula, who together with her family moves to Mars, makes its appearance in this novel. With a not so subtle irony, Carmen tells us about all stages of her adventure, the journey, the discovery of sex and love, the difficult life of the colony until her totally random encounter with the Martians. Next to many very hard sci-fi stuff, through which Haldeman tells us all the technical aspects of travel and life on the red planet (not without some imprecision and flight of fancy), is the part of this ironic and sometimes really surreal girl who makes you laugh out loud while she is several times on the verge of dying. You notice something odd about the protagonist, as often happens when an author chooses to narrate from the point of view of a protagonist of a different gender, but that does nothing but increase the comic effect and entertain the reader.
As I said, though, the book is short, which is quite unusual for a space opera, especially in a novel like this that spans a fairly long period of time. And so parts with an involving rhythm alternate others in which the story runs forward, almost fast forward, catapulting the reader into a completely different reality and making them miss those feelings from the previous part.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr N J Pinchbeck on 23 Nov. 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I felt inclined to write a review due to the poor ratings that the book has received so far. While it isn't as good as his other well known books (namely The Forever's), Marsbound is still very enjoyable and very easy to read, and as with his other books his writing style makes you turn page after page.

The plot does have a twist quite early on which may seem strange when it is first read, and it is fair to say that it takes a bit of imagination to accept it, but Joe Halderman isn't known for hard science fiction; he is a story teller, and tells this story very well.

Don't be put off by the other reviews. The book travels at a great pace, is fun to read and let's be honest, even a bad book by Halderman is better than most.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Poulter on 25 Nov. 2009
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Almost gave up this novel as its young adult focus makes it the weakest novel I have read from this author. A bratty (but ironically also scholarly when it suits the narrative) young girl narrates most of the first part, which is a dull account of a journey to Mars - lots of exciting stuff about the lack of bathroom facilities. On Mars events take a very strange turn, as the founding of a colony thread is dumped in favour of a plot twist that would not look out of place on 'Lost in Space'. Then things switch into a Clarkean scenario with a discovery on Triton. Possibly good for the younger reader, but too formulaic and prone to info-dumping through cardboard characters for us old-timers.
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