This book is disappointing, I can't recommend it. It is very difficult to follow, the main character keeps getting knocked out and wakes up with amnes...moreThis book is disappointing, I can't recommend it. It is very difficult to follow, the main character keeps getting knocked out and wakes up with amnesia over and over, also he has super powers, and it takes place in a version of the 1970s when man already has colonies on the moon and venus, but is still worried about the evil East Germans.
It is cobbled together from some shorter pieces and it reads that way. The hero, his relationships, even the danger are hard to take seriously. This novel is cartoonish, to say it has not aged well implies it was a good novel at some point which it wasn't.
If the plot of Prometheus pisses you off when the captain suddenly decides the planet they are on is a weapons factory than the leaps of faith in this book are way more than you'll want to put up with, some of the other villains include the President of the United States who wants to live forever, a Neanderthal who has practically lived forever and the Beast itself which isn't introduced until the last third of the novel then doesn't do much but sit and wait to be fed.
Moral of the story, always bet on superhuman or "toti-potent" Americans that can regrow their limbs, build death rays out of prison radios, have super strength, mind control powers, and know how to travel to the moon and back. They can defeat any number of evil American Presidents, East Germans, and even one 1000s of year old Neanderthal...(less)
So after seeing the trailers I decided I'd read this book, but as always it seems like Sci-fi authors can't finish their stories. Ender's Game was ori...moreSo after seeing the trailers I decided I'd read this book, but as always it seems like Sci-fi authors can't finish their stories. Ender's Game was originally a novella and was expanded into a short novel so he could write a sequel. There are at least 11 sequels now. Every Sci-Fi author wants to be Herbert and every fantasy author wants to be Tolkein. Life is too short to have to make an 11 book commitment to Orson Scott Card.
I don't know if I'll see the film, I doubt it will be as good at the 1984 version of Dune. Orson Scott Card like many writers is too in love with his own cleverness. The book was probably more ahead of its time in 1985, but now it will mainly benefit from twenty plus years of movie technology innovation, but the characters themselves aren't as interesting as in Dune and the premiss isn't as strong as 2001 or "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"(less)
It's alright too similar to other books about moon colonies though. Suppose it depends which you read first. The language (loonie?) was confusing at f...moreIt's alright too similar to other books about moon colonies though. Suppose it depends which you read first. The language (loonie?) was confusing at first, never caught on like NatSat in "A Clockwork Orange" even with the mix of Russian which I couldn't make much sense of while reading the book.
The grammar and the spelling of the Loonie language also take some getting used to. It is a pretty fast paced novel though it has some discussions of politics, mildly amusing view of Kentucky too.(less)
Not a bad introduction to a topic a lot of people want to know more about. I wonder if it would more difficult to digest if you didn't have a backgrou...moreNot a bad introduction to a topic a lot of people want to know more about. I wonder if it would more difficult to digest if you didn't have a background in software development, specifically with languages in the C family. There would be a lot of additional concepts to master and verbiage before you could build simple games like "Simon Says" or an Arkanoid clone which is probably the best game you learn to build following this book.
After finishing this book you probably want to go on to a more advanced iOS development book, though there are a number of online tutorials and websites one could check out instead.(less)
I'm not sure how this book made it into my father's collection of sci-fi novels. It isn't really science fiction, I guess it was trying for the sub-ge...moreI'm not sure how this book made it into my father's collection of sci-fi novels. It isn't really science fiction, I guess it was trying for the sub-genre of alternative history, but it really reads the longer you go as a neo-nazi's wet dream of a fourth Reich.
I'm not sure what purpose this book serves. I tried to find out more about the author or the book and it seems to be unmentioned online though the name Richard Rose isn't unique, perhaps it is a pen name. Usually authors write more books, but in this case perhaps there really wasn't a market for the future tales of Hitler's secret son and the next Reich. That seems to be the purpose of this book as best I can guess, the first in a series that never caught on for obvious reasons.
There isn't really any science as the book was published in the 80s and basically ends in the 80s, starting of course during the closing days of World War 2. It doesn't make the argument for another National Socialist revival very well, but it becomes all too obvious that is going to happen, it is just a matter of when in the novel. Like I said most things seem unfinished in the book, with likely the intention of sequels that will never come...
It is books like this I feel cheated by, I could have spent my time better... This is so often the case in life but it doubly bothers me with books as I know there are better books I could have read instead of this one. The premise of what if Hitler had a son who survived the war isn't horrible for a work of science fiction or alternative history, but the ideas and the telling could have been a lot more original and imaginative. I can't recommend this book to anyone really.(less)
I read this last night in basically two sittings. My sleep cycle has gotten all screwed up. It is a thinking person's Sci-Fi novel, a lot of like a de...moreI read this last night in basically two sittings. My sleep cycle has gotten all screwed up. It is a thinking person's Sci-Fi novel, a lot of like a detective novel really. Lots of internal monologue. Of course written in the 40's they thought the passage of 500 years would still have people driving cars and what not, but the central idea is philosophical not technological so it still works, but it goes against human nature a bit, not very Nietzschian.
This came form the piles of old sci-fi books my dad had. I was working my way through some of them earlier in the year, but took a break until I decided to read one late last night.(less)
I liked the earlier portions of the book on the lives of the ancient Cynics best and I of course wish more of their original writings survived as well...moreI liked the earlier portions of the book on the lives of the ancient Cynics best and I of course wish more of their original writings survived as well as those of their contemporaries.(less)