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4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best .. but better than most ..
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...
Published on 26 Dec 2010 by A. J. Sudworth

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2.0 out of 5 stars Lacklustre effort from a solid writer
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...
Published on 25 Nov 2009 by A. J. Poulter


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4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best .. but better than most .., 26 Dec 2010
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A. J. Sudworth "tonysudworth" (UK) - See all my reviews
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best but still very enjoyable, 23 Nov 2010
This review is from: Marsbound (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
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacklustre effort from a solid writer, 25 Nov 2009
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A. J. Poulter "AP" (Edinburgh) - See all my reviews
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars forgettable?, 18 Nov 2013
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G. Brooks "brooksy" (a Brit abroad) - See all my reviews
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Having read "The Forever War" by the same author, parts of which I still recall after many years. This was a disappointment but no worse than a lot of current sci-fi fodder being churned out. A decent read but no classic.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Podkayne of Mars again, 1 Nov 2013
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Robert (Uxbridge, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars fun old fashioned sci fi, 17 Jan 2011
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This is a return to the days of Sci Fi that didnt dwell on the Sci and concentrates on the Fi.

Enjoyable book that you will read in one sitting and wish you were there.

Though the charecters could be bigger.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Haldeman finally turns completely into Heinlein, 15 Dec 2009
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...but really bad Heinlein at that. Very disappointing novel from an author who has probably written one or two of the best SF novels ever published. How does he manage to put out stuff like this?
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