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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but a little weak in places
Dennis Nuel is a scientist who is looking for other realities. While he is brilliant, he isn't very politically minded, and he is taken off his project to find these other worlds. When he is given the chance to explore a new reality, on the condition that he fix the machine that takes him to it, he jumps at the opportunity. Once Dennis arrives, he begins to notice some...
Published on 17 July 1998

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2.0 out of 5 stars The book could use practice...
This book was written, clearly, before David Brin had "practiced" his writing skills to full effect. Characters are very flat, especailly the clicheed and obvious antagonist. The premise is interesting and the first 25 pages strong, and while some concepts are addressed with a flair that would come to be known as distinctly David Brin, it is painfully obvious in...
Published on 15 April 1998


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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable romp through a (slightly) alternative reality, 28 Feb. 2013
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Denis Howe "foldoc.org" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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Having just read Startide Rising and deciding to go back to the beginning, this obviously isn't quite as polished as Brin's later work but is still a fun read. There just aren't enough books with nerdy heroes called Denis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practice makes perfect!, 24 Sept. 2012
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This is a cracker for anyone who enjoys sci fi /fantasy. I first read it when it was first published, way back when & 20 some years later it's still a great story
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5.0 out of 5 stars great, 13 Dec. 2013
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A truly unique concept,well written and crafted.The storey unfolds holding the readers interest and the climax is enexpected.a very good read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining Read, 12 Dec. 2000
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Having recently discovered David Brin, this being the first of his works that I have read, I can honestly say it persuaded me to read more of his works. Unlike some of the earlier reviews, I prefer this style of this book to the later Uplift novels. The work is amusing, lighthearted and gives an interesting touch to the more normal plots. David Brin clearly enjoyed writing this book and the less controlled examples of lab humour appeal to me and I'm not a physicist either! If you are looking for a modern 'heavyweight' novel then avoid this one. If you like your books engaging and amusing with the odd rough edge to add to the orignality, then this is a worthy addition to your library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 22 July 2014
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love this book wish there was a sequal
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 16 Feb. 2015
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An unusual and enjoyable idea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it, 18 Dec. 2004
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A great book, pulling you in immediately. Buy it, and tell your friends to buy it, because it looks to be going out of print.
Basically, about a physicist who is sent to an alternate reality, a very strange one... Just read it. Part of the fun is not knowing what's happening.
You don't need to be a sci-fi hack to like this book, it has a universal appeal. Buy it for anyone who you have no idea what to get ;P
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exellent book well worth buying, 21 May 1999
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