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Breakthrough

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  515 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Twenty-six-year-old Elizabeth Austin has been cured of epilepsy by a new and daring experimental treatment. Tiny electrodes implanted in her brain, control her seizures and restore her to a normal life - free to repair a troubled marriage and resume an abandoned career. But as part of her operation, Elizabeth had agreed to have other electrodes implanted - in the so-called ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 297 pages
Published July 12th 1970 by Ballantine Books
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George
Jan 18, 2013 rated it liked it
My third Grimwood book and I'd say it's definitely my least favorite, though it's still good. Has a very slow start before it really gets going in the middle and near the end I couldn't put it down.

This was his first book and it shows, but as always Grimwood has a knack for making a very believable character feel alive and real.

As for the plot itself, it felt a lot like an extended Twilight Zone episode. Great atmosphere.

Ömer
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.35/5

Epilepsiyle ilgili bir şeyler okumak güzeldi. Yorumu için: http://kronikokur.blogspot.com.tr/201...
Bridget
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Breakthrough was apparently Grimwood's debut novel. In some ways I can tell: there are times where I wanted to rush him through some of the details and the medical talk. It's not that it was not enjoyable, but I was anxious to get to the good stuff. In other ways I can see the same intriguing sci-fi thriller that I loved so much in Replay.

Elizabeth has had epilepsy her whole life and has her brain implanted with electrodes that help her control her seizures with the help of a remote control
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Elif
Feb 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(3-3,5) Başları sıktı beni açıkçası. Konu olarak güzel: Epilepsi tedavisi yanında Elizabeth beynin sessiz bölgeleriyle ilgili bir deneye gönüllü oluyor. Bu deney esnasında kendini başka bir insanın zihninde buluyor ve o dönemde yaşamak daha cazip geliyor kadına. İçinde yaşadığı beyni ve bedeni ele geçirmeye çalışıyor. Tıbbı bilgiler falan boğdu beni bir ara. Ama sonu çok ürkütücüydü. Kızdım çoğu yerde Elizabeth'e. Sanki kendi yaşamı gibi davrandı e sana ne ki... Tabi böyle bir sonu hak etti de ...more
Esma T
Aug 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Kayboluş istediğimi vermese de güzel bir kitaptı, mükemmel değildi ancak okunabilir bir roman. Özellikle sonu şaşırtıcı ve garipti, hâlâ hislerim kesinleşmedi bu konuda ve hiç de kesinleşmeyecek galiba. İlk bölümler epilepsi hastalarınızı anlamanızı ve empati kurmanızı sağlıyor, bu kısımları çok beğendim, farkındalığımızı arttırmamız gerektiğini bir kez daha görmüş oldum.
Konusu ve hikayesi ile güzel bir kitap olsa işlenişini ve Elizabeth'in tavırlarını sevemedim ben, yine de güzel bir kitaptı.
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Brenda
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Confusing. Science fiction and horror, not my thing.
Müzeyem
Oct 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sil baştan kitabı ile tanıştığım bu yazara bir şans daha vereyim dedim ama vermez olaydım. Genel olarak akıcı olsa da yer yer elektrot muhabbetlerinden çok sıkıldım. Belki de benim algıma göre fazlaca fantastik geldiği için ısınamadım kitaba. Tavsiye etmiyorum.
Gönül Akgül
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yazarın Türkçeye çevirilmiş tüm kitaplarını okudum. Umarım diğerleri de çevirilir. Grimwood hala yaşasaydı da daha fazla yazsaydı, 70 ve 80lerde müthiş kurgular yapmış. Hayalgücü inanılmaz.
Dennis D.
Mar 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Michael Crichton fans, thriller fans
Recommended to Dennis D. by: author Gary Carden
What would it be like if Michael Crichton had teamed up with Nora Roberts to write a science thriller set just a couple of years in the future, and then brought in Ray Bradbury to tweak the ending? I suspect the by-product of that collaboration might be very much like this book.

The late Ken Grimwood is not a household name. I’ve had his third novel, Replay, on my “to read” list for a while. That one won a World Fantasy Award for best novel in 1988, and has a pretty strong cult following. Diehard
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Matt
Oct 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels, reviewed
I was amused reading this, because I've read Replay twice, a book I consider among my very favorites. You can see that Grimwood had been playing with the idea of living "other lives" from the very beginning, in this, his first novel. My only criticism is that Grimwood deserved a better editor, there's a lot of bloated stream-consciousness and extra details that don't serve to further the plot along; this would have been better as a novella. I did guess at the ending, but that didn't make it less ...more
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Kayboluş, ergenliğinden beri nöbetlerle boğuşan epilepsi hastası 26 yaşındaki Elizabeth Austin'in, yeni ve henüz deneysel aşamadaki bir tedaviyi kabul etmesiyle başlıyor. Kızın beyninin epilepsi nöbetleri geçirmesine neden olan bölgelerine mikro elektrotlar yerleştiriliyor ve eline, düğmesine bastığında o frekansa akım gönderecek bir cihaz tutuşturuluyor. Elizabeth her krizden önce gül kokusu aldığından, bu kokuyu duyar duymaz düğmeye basıyor ve yıllardır hayatını kontrol eden bu krizleri ...more
Laura
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El re encuentro con esta historia fue fascinante... el libro pobrecito esta con algunas hojas despegadas... pero la historia que lei cuando estaba en la secundaria sigue igual de atrapante como la primera vez... se trata de la historia de una mujer, que sufre de epilepsia y le hacen una operación experimental, donde le implantan electrodos en el cerebro para frenar los ataques... pero también le implantan electrodos en las zonas "silenciosas" del cerebro... y le dan una especie de control ...more
Rabia Kucur
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
benim okuduğum ilk Grimwood kitabiydi ve yazarı sevdim. Anlatımı , olaylar arasında kurduğu baglantilar gayet basariliydi.Heyecan hep aktifti ve sürekli bir merak icerisindeydim bu da kitabı daha kısa sürede okumami ve zevk almamı sağladı. Kitabın sonu ile ilgili bir takim tahminler yurutebilmis ve bazıları isabetli olmuş olsada en sondaki şey etkiledi beni. Bu kitabin bir devami var mi bilmiyorum ama olsaydı alıp okumak isterdim. ki bence devami gelebilecek bir sonla bitti kitap. Okunabilecek ...more
Nicole
Jul 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
This is Ken Grimwood's first novel. I understand why it didn't reach the success of his most famous book 'Replay', however being a true Grimwood fan it was a must-read. My sister found this copy for me and now I am on the hunt for the remaining four books, including the one he wrote under the name of Alan Cochran. And so continues my search of second hand book stalls.............

P.S. I thought I should add that this cover is not the cover on my book. Mine is a hard cover and not a mass market
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H3dakota
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
The story shows its age, but it isn't terribly outdated for the time it was published (1976). I liked the story, it kept me reading!

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Gülbin Nur
Sep 13, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Olmamış.
Psikolojik gerilim alanda şu ana kadar okuduğum en anlamsız kitaplardan biriydi.
Hani Ken Grimwood'un zihniyetini sevemedim pek, bazı yerlerde midem bile bulandı ve aynı yerde dönüp durmuş gibi geldi bana.
Ha belki sonu kafa karıştırıcıydı, ama ne yazık ki tüm bir kitabı kurtaracak kadar değil.
Bryan
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
The story develops slowly, but is riveting, intriguing and even a little bit horrifying all the way through. Another gem from Ken Grimwood, which dates well; now to track down an elusive copy of "Elise".
Zeynep Özge  Dağoğlu
Jun 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
If you hate someone called Elizabeth then you would enjoy this book because author gets revenge from Elizabeth.
I have never seen ending as slack as this book'showever book is so excited at first.Completely disapointing!
Nate
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great concept. Not very well written. It started off slowly, but when it started to build, it was great. There were some really amazing sections. Not nearly as good as Replay though. However, this was Grimwood's first book, so I'm inclined to cut him some slack. Well worth reading.
Ali
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
7/10
Onur
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read Replay before, and i noticed the similarity. There is a coming back in time like in Replay but in a different way. I am impatient to read "Elise"
Hande
May 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
İlginç bir hikaye diye düşünülebilir ama ayni zamanda ciddi bir zaman kaybı. Çok fazla tıbbı terimler var ve insanı irite ediyor okudukça. Ben sevemedim, tavsiye de etmem.
Setharryn
Jan 31, 2015 rated it liked it
3.00 of 5.00
Zee
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing book by the most underrated master himself. Great concept, totally captivating. If a talented movie director ever finds this script he's sure to see the double exposure aspect of it.
Ipek
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fiction books and gave lectures taking you into feeling that you live the events . I think that everyone should read the book
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Ken Grimwood (1944–2003) worked in broadcast journalism for a number of years before retiring in 1988 to write full-time. He wrote five novels, including the award-winning Replay, Breakthrough, and The Voice Outside.
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