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Killing Time Paperback – 6 Sep 2001

1.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New edition edition (6 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751530751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751530759
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,534,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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KILLING TIME is a convincing and well-written look into an all too plausible future. (SFX MAGAZINE)

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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.

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Format: Paperback
While reading this book, I kept on having to check the front cover to see if it really was by Caleb Carr, and not by someone orthographically similar. Sadly, it does appear to be by him. It's terrible. It reads like Matthew Reilly, but with 10% of the action. The plot is absurd, the characterisation is leaden, and the dialogue sounds like something out of Tintin. The french professor ends all his sentences with a french word "non?","mon ami","precisement" to, like, really drive home the point that he is french. A rebel general in Indonesia addresses the protagonists - invariably - as "my infidel friends". It made me wince. I probably wouldn't be so caustic, as I have read enough poor sf to be somewhat hardened to dodgy plots and silly charaters, except I was really excited to read a non-historical Carr, and was bitterly disappointed.
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By A Customer on 23 Nov. 2001
Format: Paperback
If you read and enjoyed the brilliant The Alienist and Angel of Darkness, be prepared to be disappointed. This book is a fragmentary, predictable yarn set in a (surprise, surprise) dark future where all the terrible things man has done to the world has lead to an apocalyptic environment ruled by "Information". A ludicrous storyline finally leads to the highly unsatisfactory ending.
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!)
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The Alienist and the Angel of Darkness were brilliant and compelling with great in depth charecters. Both shared that urge to have to read on at the end of every cliff hanging chapter.
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. ...
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What a disappointment this book is. It is nothing like Carr's other excellent books and if you are thinking of buying it on that basis - don't.

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.
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