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5.0 out of 5 stars High quality
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Forever in hope
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...
Published on 5 Feb 2000 by Mr. M. Hatherell


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High quality, 6 Sep 1999
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This review is from: Forever Peace (Remembering Tomorrow) (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
3.0 out of 5 stars Forever in hope, 5 Feb 2000
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Mr. M. Hatherell "Mark Hatherell" (Vauxhall, London, England) - See all my reviews
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Extremely disappointing, 24 Feb 1998
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This review is from: Forever Peace (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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2.0 out of 5 stars Another Haldeman fan, but found this one disappointing., 6 April 1999
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This review is from: Forever Peace (Remembering Tomorrow) (Mass Market Paperback)
I'll keep this one short because most of it's been said in other reviews. I'm a *big* Haldeman fan and until now thought he could do no wrong. But _Forever Peace_ was a real let-down -- throughout the book it seemed that Haldeman was consciously trying to evoke the writing elements for which he's known without becoming *too* derivative of his past work. The result is tepid prose and a generally unappealing book -- annoying characters, laughable plot, weak science, useless and predictable "action" sequences. (And WHAT is with that ending?)
I did thoroughly enjoy _1968_ (a newish non-SF Haldeman novel) -- it's apparent that he still knows how to write a compelling story. I got the feeling Mr. Haldeman was writing _FP_ under contract, or simply to get *something* out there without having to put too much thought into it.
If this were my first Haldeman novel I doubt I'd pick up another one -- I've read better by less established authors. Granted, it probably isn't fair to compare this too strongly to his earlier work, but I *did* buy it simply because of the author's name on the cover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 1 Jun 2013
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The story is bit slow to start, but eventually it grabs you and drags you in without you even noticing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read, 4 Feb 2013
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Don't be fooled this is not a sequel to forever war but does use the same technology. A great premise of ending all violence leads to a great story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poor first half, made up for by the second, 3 Oct 2011
I struggled to get into this book. This is a completely unrelated story to Forever War and Forever Free and it just seems that Haldeman reworked the title for the benefit of sales as there was nothing in the story to indicate it was even set in the same world. This time, a hydroncollider threatens to destroy the universe and our hero (who is a different man but speaks with the same voice as Haldeman's former protagonist) has to stop a mad fringe Christian group called the Enders who want to bring about the doomsday event. The confusion in the narrative in the first half isn't helped by the switching from first person to third person which took me ages to work out. However the second half is more fun as characterful assassins enter the mix.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 6 May 1999
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This review is from: Forever Peace (Hardcover)
Forever Peace has now won the three highest honours that Science Fiction can bestow on a work. It has won the Nebula, Hugo and John Campbell awards as best novel. Something that only a rare work can manage. The Writers, Fans and Critics all gave it their highest honour.
The reason for much of the critism from some corners seems to have more to do with the fact that it wasn't The Forever War Part Two.
It is something different, with the sames aims maybe... but from a decidely different angle.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A major stylistic advance over "The Forever War", 3 April 1999
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This review is from: Forever Peace (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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Hugo Award caliber novel, but still a decent read., 21 Mar 1999
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This review is from: Forever Peace (Hardcover)
I don't understand what was so great about this novel that it deserved the Hugo award. After having read Forever War, I was somewhat disappointed by this book. The character's are not very engaging and the antagonists are very one-dimensional and uninteresting. The resolution of "humanizing" the world through mind-to-mind interfacing was unsatisfying. This is not to say that the book wasn't entertaining. It just was less than what I had expected of a Hugo award winning novel by Joe Haldeman.
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