Killing Time Paperback – 6 Sep 2001
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KILLING TIME is a convincing and well-written look into an all too plausible future. (SFX MAGAZINE)
The bestselling author of THE ALIENIST and ANGEL OF DARKNESS puts a very special spin on a mystery thriller set twenty-five years in the future. A contemporary successor to such dystopian classics as BRAVE NEW WORLD and 1984.See all Product description
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This book is already dated... I would advise readers to stay well away from this and to wait until Mr Carr writes a follow-up to the aforementioned titles (if he ever does!)
This does not. Some of the ideas are good, but it all feels a touch lazy. It involves an alinated rebel group fighting against convention using new technologies. This group contains; a psychologist, twins, a strong woman who is good with guns, and a genius with both a disability and childhood traumas. Sound at all familiar?
It is time Mr Carr used a new template rather than catapulting His existing one into the future and glazing it with a shiny sci-fi sheen. ...
A novel set in the future (but not far enough in the future for the technology to be in any way believable) with a massive nod towards Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, it simply doesn't work. It is almost all plot with ridiculously self-righteous characters who continually spout trite psychological tripe.
It's a very easy read and I did wonder how it would turn out but sadly even the ending is terrible.
Just plain silly.
The book is a dissapointment. Based on his two previous novels one would expect a much thicker plot and more psychological insights into the human psyche. Unfortunately we receive neither of this. What we are left with is a pathetic attempt to write a SF novel based on a not-thoroughly explored idea that information is not knowldege. Sorry to say that this is old news to plenty of people.
His main character becomes involved with a group that manipulate information and re-create history with dissastrous effects (at some point). He becomes emotionally involved with the female co-leader of the group, a relationship that fails to demonstrate why anyone would seriously be bothered about it.
The plot is thinner that the page it is written on. THe characters are frankly boring and one-dimensional. The SF effects are those found in B-movies.
Whatever happened to Caleb Carr? He was a revelation in "The Alienist" and pretty good in "The Angel of Darkness" where he explored a taboo subject of women who are not made for mothering and nurturing.
"Killing Time" must obviously be referring to the readers' Time.
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