Timecaster (Timecaster #1)
It first lost me in the Penthouse Forum-style girls-on-boy gangbang scene about halfway through. And then...an Evil Genius Madman? Really?
Even the "ecopunk" infrastructure had problems. He envisions a new "intranet" which has all the great information but none of th...more
Assuming it started at four stars, deduct one for the pornography--or as he called it "pr0n." Totally unnecessary and off-putting. (For some that'll be no problem, but many don't care to have it sprung on them like this.)
Loses another star...more
Wow, talk about an intriguing concept! The geek in me is still giddy over the use of tachyons, parallel universes, micro black holes, other dimensions and more in this novel. Timecaster was a quantum physics fangirl’s dream come true and I devoured it. The premise of Timecaster does sound a little like Van Damme’s Timecop—and there’s even a shout-out to it in the book—but this book is so much better than Van Damme’s film.
The author invented a term to categorize his book: ecopunk. Ec...more
I have a few minor quibbles with the plot, which I'll leave...more
As for the book, I didn't care enough to want to listen to the end, but i did. It's not a bad book, but not a keeper for me. The only thing going for it was action. The characters were difficult to care about. The main character was intended to be a jerk, but the...more
Talon Avalon is a timecaster and a homicide detective. in 2064 Chicago. Murder is almost unheard of in this new utopia, and he spends a lot of his time lecturing to grade school kids. His wife is a social worker (aka a government licensed prostitute). When Talon’s neighbor shows up claiming that his aunt has been murdered and asks for his help, Talon is intrigued. When he goes to the sweet auntie’s apartment to investigate...more
As other reviewers have pointed out, this is male wish-fulfillment fantasy disguised as science fiction. The protagonist is handsome, he excels at everything he tries to do, an...more
Talon, a guy who lives to be a cop, is kind of bored with nothing to do until one of his wife’s clients (she is a State licensed prostitute) asks him to look into a possible murder. He jumps at the chance. That is until he uses his time viewing machine and sees the killer is him,...more
I was all set to rate this baby 5 stars and put it on my wishlist because it has a well-constructed world, which is the main thing I want in a book right now. It was mostly funny and easy to read, with interesting scientifically plausible-sounding tidbits. However, things quickly went downhill.
List of grievances (no real spoilers): not only was there a mention of a dead dog, it was a poodle and had died in a majorly vulgar way. I have a pet-peeve about dead dogs anyway, but I have three pood...more
This book really isn't at all impressive. Overall, it feels like a pretty pointless read, even in the entertainment sense, though I imagine some people will enjoy it. The only real plus side is the sci-fi ideas that infrequently pop up as well as some jokes. Other than that, the poor story had a hard time keeping my attention. This mostly happened during the action scenes. They are truly a waste of space. They're pure nonsense, a complete drag. Two in particular went for ages and they just got o...more
The best parts were the little bits of Konrath's trademark humor.
It has essentially everything going for it, even if I didn't agree with some of it. Nobody would agree with everything though. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of parallel universes, but in this story it somehow works. It was difficult to put down, especially as the book was running ou...more
Talon Avalon, grandson of famed crime fighter Jack Daniels, is thrown into a deadly game of cat and mouse with The Mastermind, a mysterious figure who plots to destroy Talon, and planet Earth. The storyline was ridiculous and hilarious, filled with Kimball's quick wit and no-nonsense attitude. Bizarre gadgets and acronyms kept the reader guessing, with surprises at every turn. And Harry McGlade made a welcome return. His unique brand of hum...more
Chicago, 2064: Talon Avalon is a timecaster, -one of a select few peace officers who can operate a TEV, the Tachyon Emission Visualizer, which records events (most specifically, crimes) that have already happened. With crime at an all-time low, Talon has little to do except give lectures to school kids and obsess on his wife's profession as a licensed sex partner. Until one of her clients asks Talon to investigate a possible murder. When Talon uses the TEV to view the crime, the identity of the
Joe Kimball is yet another pen name of author J.A. Konrath. While Konrath writes thrillers and Jack Kilborn writes horror, Kimball writes science fiction.
Two Joe Kimball novels, Timecaster and Timecaster Supersymmetry, will be released in 2011 by Ace/Berkley. The first, Timecaster, is scheduled for May 31. You can preorder the paperback on Amazon here.
The books take place in Chi...more