Into the Looking Glass (Looking Glass #1)
Just for funsies, take a look at the avatars of everyone else who has reviewed this book. Notice anything? Yeah, 90% of them are older bearded white men. I think that most accurately describes Ringo's target audience. Ringo writes like a man with many axes to grind. Against intellectuals, against the French, against the Saudis, against universiti...more
Okay. Just so you know...I'm not "real bothered" by that.
No apologies, I liked this book. It's full of action, has good characters, is plausible within it's own reality (and since we're discussing quantum physics somewhat here why talk...more
I like books that challenge the reader with different perspectives but this book doesn't challenge. It insults anybody who doesn't fall into step with the belief...more
The aliens are dull. There is n...more
And so I picked up Into the Looking Glass, a completely different series and world, and unlike the Tulorian, written without a co-author.
The set up and the basic scenario are interesting and clever: A hi...more
As can be expected with Ringo, there’s a lot of action, all of it good and exciting. However, the books does get bogged down in t...more
At the start of Ringo's apocalyptic near-future SF novel, an experiment in creating quantum particles destroys much of central Florida, opening up gateways to other realities, some of which are inhabited by intelligent aliens intent on transforming our world into theirs. These new realities are as cosmically daunting as anything in the fiction of H.P. Lovecraft, to whom the author alludes, but a resilient humanity, instead of giving in to despair, fights back. Ringo (_Hel
A BRAND OF EXTRATERESTRIAL CONVERTS EARTH BIOLOGICALS TO ITS OWN PURPOSES
It was determined that the fungus spread via a small wormlike creature that had been specially modified to convert terrestrial biology to Dreen.
As it did so, terraforming the soil, eating plant and animal material, the "fungus" spread behind it.
The fungus was anything but, an entity that not only gathered energy from a chlorophyll analogue but had an extensive vascular network for moving materials from one place t...more
This is military science fiction novel. Ringo adds some humor along with the science (an...more
The author makes frequent references to CERN and more specifically, is basing most of his story on the Higgs Boson. Since I am an engineer at CERN I’m somewhat sensitive to bullshit about these subjects and unfortunately John Ringo’s depiction of Higgs Boson...more
This book is enthusiastic about America and her military, and the main character is a cynical misfit redneck. You may want to consider your stance on these things before reading.
Into the Looking Glass is not a story about personal growth or the plight of man kind. There is little to no introspection, and few reflections on morality...more
What was interesting: the physics (muons, bosons, quarks, etc), instantaneous space travel to other places in this universe, instantaneous travel to places on Earth, the God(s) that exists in the non-space between bubbles of reality.
What was tiresome: Heroic military guys who know everything and can do anything and survive anything, and who always disparage the dirty forking hippies and tree huggers who are soooo wrong-minded and deceived....more
The touches of humour rescue the book from being a 1950's style bug eyed monster book. But even with this the entire cast has a two dimensional quality and the intrepid jack of all trades scientist who...more
My first John Ringo novel; I'm trying to make my mind up about it. Although marketed as 'military SF,' the main character is a physicist/government contractor who's a poster child for jingoistic conservatism. However, the novel is funny as hell in many spots (rednecks hold off a horde of alien invaders when the Army can't), and I wound up, for the most part, caught up in the story line. Someone likened this novel to Tom Clancy because of the action, and, to some extent I se...more
It's not all bad, there is some humor, and in spite of the above complaints I do find some of the detailed physics and weapons extremely interesting (which is why a friend recommended it).
Perhaps the single most annoying thing is how the auth...more
The reason I didn't finish it is because it read like a newspaper article, fitting since ALL of the characters, scenes and plot itself seemed paper thin. It did not hold my interest in the least, despite the fact the idea behind it intrigued me a lot originally. The goal of the break-neck pace at the beginning seemed to be to introduce you to 50 or 60 characters and not tell you anything about any of them.
An experiment gone wrong destroys most of Orlando and opens a portal to
another world. It also spins off other portals that soon attract the kind
of attention that Earth wishes they wouldn't. The aliens use biotech and
hope to add the biomass of our planet, which they ruthlessly convert to
their own, to their Empire. A space scientist and a Navy SEAL are called
upon to combat the aliens, while Earth tries to bootstrap itself into...more
Not sure why exactly. I enjoyed the actions of the indivdual soldiers and that rang failry true, but implausibe physics, the interactions with the National Command Authority, the reactions of the general populace to the changed world all just didn't ring true. And only people who read science fiction co...more
In 1999 he wrote and published his first novel "A Hymn Before Battle", which proved successful....more