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Corrupting Dr. Nice

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  132 ratings  ·  15 reviews
August Faison and his gorgeous young daughter, Genevieve, are rogues of the first water - seasoned swindlers who rove across time in search of new victims to fleece. Now the most precious pigeon of them all has fallen into their laps, in Jerusalem at the time of Christ. Dr. Owen Vannice is too innocent, and far too rich, for his own good. A fabulously wealthy young amateur...more
Hardcover, 316 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Tor Books
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Es un 3,4 3,5 raspadito. Aunque si quieres leer algo desengrasante esta es una buena opción. Novela entretenida de viajesen el tiempo. Por cierto el título en español que supongo que lo han tomado de la versión francesa horrible y no tiene mucho que ver con la novela. Si bien es cierto que uno de los protagonistas viene de estar estuadiando dinosaurios y se trae uno, poco más tiene esta novela que ver con los dinosaurios, bueno que aparece en varios puntos de la novela, pero quizás el amor en ti...more
A book doesn't always have to be surprising to be enjoyable. Just because you can predict the ending doesn't mean you can't enjoy the road that leads there.

Corrupting Dr. Nice is a screwball comedy, with time-traveling. And also dinosaurs. (Modern dinosaurs; intelligent, warm-blooded, with feathers! The dinosaur is also adorable.)

It's fairly predictable, and I don't care. It's also very readable and engaging, and a whole heck of a lot of fun. Sometimes that's all I ask from a novel.

It's anothe...more
James Loranger
Let's see - Take Connie Willis's "To Say Nothing of the Dog", mix with" The Lady Eve" & "Bringing up Baby", then throw in a dollop of" The DaVinci Code", and you might get some idea of this screwball time-travel story. Kessel has a flair for pastiche, and fills the book with off the wall allusions and in-jokes that kept me laughing throughout. Best moments: a baseball game in first century Jerusalem with Pontius Pilate in attendance, and a trial where Abraham Lincoln and Jesus square off aga...more
HAd a nice time reading this one. I think one of the things I enjoyed the most was the complete abandoning of the "don't change history by your actions" that occurs in the story. The theory here is that each moment in time is a portal to a discrete universe. So, there can be a pure and unsullied Jerusalem at the time of Jesus, as well as one complete with modern ammenities. Historical figures can transfer to present day, too- multiple times from multiple moments. It was a refreshing view of time...more
This started out really well. I liked the premise of moment universes - each instant of time creates its own universe, you can travel back in time, make all the changes you want, only foul up the alternate universe and come home to your own without having made any changes in it. I was enjoying the con artists and the baby dinosaur, too. But after a while the mega-evil capitalists and the revenge plot, and especially the terrorism trial pitting attorney Abraham Lincoln against an-advocate-from-th...more
Aug 11, 2007 Cason rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
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John Kessel is one of the most imaginative writers that I have ever read. His books are filled with wonderful juxtapositions of the very old with the future, such as the introduction of a modern, luxury hotel in ancient Jerusalem. He also does an excellent job of creating characters with whom it is easy to empathize, including ones that may not be known from history as being particularly empathetic. Who would have ever guessed that Simon the Zealot would have such a tender heart and have all the...more
This book reminded me a lot of Connie Willis's To Say Nothing of the Dog -- it's a similar blend of time travel, romance, and screwball comedy. This book is darker, though, and a little more serious. Although I liked it, I have to say I enjoyed the light-as-air, pure zaniness of To Say Nothing of the Dog more.

My favorite line from this book: "...[he] was a man that only Thomas Hobbes could love: nasty, brutish, and short."

It's a silly, time travel read. The author is going for social criticsm using exploitation of "historicals" (people from the past) as metaphor. Unfortunately, none of the characters in the book are endearing or interesting enough to make the point.

Skip it...
This book was a load of fun. :) I agree that it sort of falls apart near the end, but still a good read.
Thank you for being the book to break me out of the tired and tiring academic essays of my discipline.
an interesting approach to time travel.
Multiple universes, without the usual concern for altering the time line
I admit, I started skimming this about 80 pages in. It had some humorous moments, but overall it seemed rather forced.
First 2/3 of book was great, last third was not so exciting, but overall book was a lot of fun.
Liarbyrd Hensley-Cohen
Didn't care for it. Nice premise, poor execution.
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John (Joseph Vincent) Kessel co-directs the creative writing program at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. A winner of the Nebula, Locus, Sturgeon, and Tiptree Awards, his books include Good News From Outer Space, Corrupting Dr. Nice, The Pure Product, and The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories. His story collection Meeting in Infinity was a New York Times Notable Book...more
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The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories Good News from Outer Space The Pure Product Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired by Franz Kafka Meeting in Infinity

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