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The Cusanus Game

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3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  83 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Biologist Domenica Ligrina fears her planet is dying. She might be right.

An atomic disaster in Germany has contaminated Northern Europe with radioactivity. Economic and political calamities are destroying the whole planet. Human DNA is mutating, plant species are going extinct, and scientists are feverishly working on possible solutions. It becomes increasingly apparent t
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Hardcover, 540 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Sarah
No matter how much I praise this book, I keep coming back to the one problem that I’m circling around in this review. I just didn’t buy it. It was well done, atmospheric, well written, and multifaceted – all the things I typically love in the books but it just didn’t work for me. The characters were too distant for me to really care too much about. Their motives behind many of their actions were understandable, but not really believable. I can sum up my overall feelings of the novel like that. I ...more
Mary Anne
I won a free advanced reader copy of this through a Goodreads giveaway. This perhaps would be a better fit for some other reader besides myself. I don't mind dystopic science fiction as a genre/subgenre, however the opening chapters repeatedly feature too much violence and degradation of women for my taste. To be fair to the author, I don't think that he means to condone or endorse the behaviors. However, I'm just not in the mood to read through it to where things might change. And I am tired of ...more
Kassiopeia
Uuuuuuh time travelling - exciting!!! I read this book when I was much younger, so I can't recall all the details right now, but I remember it in a positive way because I found a bank-note used as a bookmark somewhere in the middle. Yay^^
Anyway, the story is set in the not-so-distant future in Europe after a nuclear accident and civiliation is pretty much shit. I remember there were a lot of things like rape in public and gory gang wars and lots of people suffering from horrible mutations, so ma
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Timothy Pecoraro
The Cusanus Game is like every movie or television show about hard science fiction you’ve ever seen. There is a distant future where things have gone to hell. There are time travelers, there are cross timelines, there is an oppressive government that is trying to purify the races. There is an elitist church faction with seemingly unlimited funds and questionable motivations. I was both surprised and disappointed by Cusanus Game. I found the beginning of the book much too drawn out and the change ...more
Rose
Clever set up which revolves some of the inherent problems of a time travel novel. However, there is something unlikable about the characters.
Alan
I was greatly intrigued by the basic description of this post-apocalyptic world resulting from nuclear events, climate change, and resulting breakdown of civil authority, environmental immigration, and related problems.

I was highly disappointed though when I dove into the book and was faced with a nearly incomprehensible morass of characters and lack of story line. By the time I reached about page 60 I was still largely in the dark about where the book was heading. And, call me a prude, but I wa
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Ted Diamond
This book is so complex and multifaceted, it's hard to know where to begin. Dystopian fiction? It provides a chilling and near-to-life vision of the effects of global warming on European politics and civilization. Time travel sci-fi? At points, it reads like Connie Willis. But with an interesting backstory of the physics that would make time travel plausible. But then the physics shades into cosmology, and before you know it, you're in the realm of philosophy, having passed through a Gaia-like b ...more
Henry Lazarus
Wolfgang Jeschke’s The Cusanus Game ( trade from Tor and translated so well by Ross Benjamin that it read as if it had been written in English) is the best time travel tale I’ve read in several years. Fifty years from now Europe is politically separated because of pressure from Global Warming that has sent refugees fleeing from uninhabitable Norther Africa, and a terrorist nuclear attack that radiated a huge part of Germany. Rome is on the edge of disruption and the Papacy has moved to Salzburg. ...more
Keith Clasen
Slow starter but became interesting. A few interesting cocepts about how things could be in a different future. Overall I wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless they are just fanatics of time travel.
Margo
a real mind bender! Dystopian future and time travel (plus a talking rat). I didn't understand half of the science but it was an interesting read.
Casey Hampton
Well, the writing is good. The subject is interesting. But the story's continuity is cumbersome and distracting.

What about the characters? Umm, I do believe there were a few... yes, I'm quite certain characters did stuff.
Philip
I must echo the voice of other reviews in saying that I never really felt invested in the characters. It felt very dispassionate about their fates, which personally I do not mind.

Just do not go into this expecting a page-turner. It isn't.
Shelley
There is an interesting, *really* interesting, premise underlying this novel. I can't think of a time when I haven't wanted to like a book--but yet could not stand a book--so very much. It's redundant, the female characters are painfully two-dimensional, did I mention the redundancies? Yes, I did? And dear god, all the extra words. Oh, and redundancies.

Also, as a woman, I can't say I've ever thought much about the sensation of sweat between my breasts. I think, "Damn, it's hot out" or "I'm swea
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Deirdre
I can't believe I made it to the end of this. The basic idea on which the story is based is quite interesting, but the book itself was boring. The characters never seemed real. The combination of unreal characters and unreal situations is a definite looser.
Joanne
Didn't get far in this dystopian account. Violence put me off of sticking with figuring out the rules of this future.
Curt Hopkins Hopkins
The science didn't quite work in this story. And, a few days after reading it, I can't even remember how it ended.
Tad
I liked the premise of this book, bleak dystopia, time travel, ripple effects. Unfortunately, it just didn't all come together. The pace was glacial, which was a big part of the problem. There were parts that were quite exciting and interesting but they were followed by long passages where nothing interesting was happening. Edited a different way it may have been more successful, but as it is, it's only so-so. 2.5 stars

I was provided an advance copy of this book.
Pj Mensel
a great science fiction book about time travel with a dystopian hook. wish more of his books were in translation.
Maggi Hesseling
I had a really hard time getting into this novel and then it became to struggle to finish it. But I'm glad I did. If you can 'buy' into the premesis of it, then it's not only a great story but you'll encounter fantastic writing. However, it's hard to do. Also the translation seems to be almost flawless, which made me really want to finish the novel- purely to enjoy the great work of the translator.
Riversue
Brilliant- exciting and deeply philosophical look at time travel.
Annie
Read my full review of this book on my blog, Summer reading Project, at The Cusanus Game, by Wolfgang Jeschke.
Yasmin
I received a promotional copy, and frankly, I just couldn't get into this book. The formatting made it impossible to read. There were gaps with missing sentences, and it was just disappointing.

Interesting premise though.
Kat
One of the oddest books I think I've ever read. Took much too long to get to the point, then had rabbit trails everywhere. Not sure it translated from German very well. Glad I won it, would not have wished to buy it.
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Wolfgang Jeschke is a German sci-fi author and editor, publishing at Heyne publishing house (Heyne-Verlag). He lives in Munich. His best known novel is 'The Last Day of Creation' (Der letzte Tag der Schöpfung)
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