As with the majority of Haldeman’s writings, Buying Time was thought provoking as well as adventurous & entertaining. The strong protagonist chara...moreAs with the majority of Haldeman’s writings, Buying Time was thought provoking as well as adventurous & entertaining. The strong protagonist characters were interesting, if not in many ways relatable. I must admit that the plot was for the most part, …predictable [albeit, incorporating a few surprising twists.]
It is disturbing that if I lived in the portrayed society, I would not be counted among the elite & potentially forever lived! Ouch!
The imaginative story is well written, has ‘staying power’ & lingers in your mind between reading sessions. That says quite a lot …what more can a consummate reader of Science Fiction/Fantasy desire? This was a "re-read" for me - from the first read in the 90's. It is that good.
Overall, definitely a classic [in my opinion] that I would recommend whole heartedly to those who enjoy cultural & moral studies in a futuristic “twist, run, kissy-face, bait & chase” survival adventure.(less)
As a senior reader, writer and well, ...real, live old lady, I didn't think I'd like this highly hyped vampire adventure. However, my curiosity forced...moreAs a senior reader, writer and well, ...real, live old lady, I didn't think I'd like this highly hyped vampire adventure. However, my curiosity forced me to sit down & see what all of the hoopla was about! I found out within the first few chapters and was so enamoured that I read all of Twilight in one sitting! Meyer got it "mostly" right in this original take on a typically dark & creepy genre! In fact, it is more of a teenager's "love story" than a vampirian thriller.
Each character in this love scenario has their own distinct history & persona - albeit some more developed, likeable, detestable or believable than others. I very much like that Meyer “tweaked” the “accepted & usual” vampire history, society, visage, choice of lifestyle, “gifts“, diet, and personalities.
Some bits of poor grammar, a spot or two of "wordiness" & perhaps a tad of redundancy in the writing style, plot & dialog can be easily overlooked, if the reader will only engage their own [in my case, ancient] 17 year old ego, id & imagination. ================================== I’ve read all of the series now & I’ve also seen the movies. I must say, “Good for you, Meyer, Summit, theatrical cast & crew, et al. ” The minor literary annoyances noted above were not much improved, but again, did not significantly distract from the charm & fantasy of Meyer’s love story. I also regrettably wasted a few moments of my valuable time reading some of the more popular Goodreads’ reviews. ==================================
Note: There is a place for worthy negative reviews. They can be contemplative, constructive & informative, in many ways, to many people. However, to those “would-be writers” who have posted long-winded, voracious, impetuous & “trendy” or “techy” negative reviews, [most of which I found to be only yawn worthy, a few minimally clever & none original]: My, my ...I think I sense a bit of your protesting too much & a pitiable need for attention. Well, I can think of worse venues to appeal for recognition and given the numerous "kudo-ish" comments, ...it worked for you!
Not that my sage advise means a twit to any of you, but do try to write something that is truly original, "read-worthy" and positive. Can YOU write [& get published] a novel [however imperfect] that captures the heart & imagination of thousands of people? If so, your time is better spent doing so …if not, well, the alternative is obvious, …more of your “ho-hum” trash reviews that appeal only to equally & notably “limited” folk.