on 20 February 2011
I really enjoyed this. Yes, the pace wasn't frenetic but that was no drawback - you can and do have far too much action in some books, especially science fiction. I found the characters, if a bit bewildering in their Changes, sympathetic, the ideas thought-provoking and always interesting. It's a long book and needs close attention, but I found it a very good read.
on 5 August 2002
Fantastic book with a very different take on a possible future for the human race. Science has advanced to such a degree that nothing is stationary in a person's physical appearance, no work is required and disease no longer exists. Due to this situation, humanity lacks a basic morality as we now conceive it, the only actually crime is to destroy a person's grey matter, anything else can be fixed. This system is governed by an all powerful computer however a lack of 'drive' leads some of its human dependents to seek suicide, the occurences increase and the computer system becomes suicidal itself. An interesting book exploring where 'purpose' may lie in a world where existence no longer has an element of struggle.
on 26 October 2010
Humankind is exiled from Earth since an invasion taking place in the XXI century; people live in the Moon and other planets, and that's were we meet our main character, Hildy Johnson, a hack that is given the assignment of writing about the differences in life before and after Earth met the aliens. Kind of like an infommercial, but without the washed up former TV stars.
Does it look thrilling to you? Right. The plot meanders from one scene to the next, with cardboard characters coming in and out, lame dialogues, and, to balance a bit the score, good ideas thrown in. Pace is glacial, and you ultimately wonder where the author wants to take you before you drop it. Which is what I did in page 200, approximately, after giving it a second chance around page 150.
This book is presented as an homage to Robert Heinlein, but I haven't read any book by Heinlein that I ultimately enjoyed, and which was much more enjoyable than this one. This book is ultimately a threaded series of short stories badly stitched together. Every story, by itself, could stand on its own, but there's more than that to a good, solid novel. Which this one is not.