Wow! The ideas are interesting and thought-provoking, his characters realistic, fallible, but likable anyway. SCIENCE FICTION Until this summer, Lindsay Ellis was mainly known as a super smart and witty film critic and YouTube essayist, making videos that range from... Joe Haldeman "has quietly become one of the most important science fiction writers of our time" (. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Despite the seriousness of some of the situations, he comes up with ways to alleviate tensions with comedic undertones that achieve their ultimate purpose: to remind ourselves of the joviality of life. Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2018. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for The Accidental Time Machine (Gateway Essentials) at I'll just tell you what I liked about the book (and what I didn't), and let you decide whether or not you think it is worth reading (hint: IT IS!). It was entertaining enough to keep me up late even though I was very tired and had a long drive the next day. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It actually gave me chills. If you liked this one, however, I would recommend Robert Sawyer's "Flashforward" for another cool take on seeing into the future. Sorry, there was a problem saving your cookie preferences. I can't think of another time I've ever actually been, I love Joe Haldeman. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. It was a somewhat interesting, light read - perfect for a long flight or the beach. It's not that I didn't highly respect him before -- I liked The Forever War a great deal, loved The Hemingway Hoax, and liked many of his short stories. August 7th 2007 A volcanic eruption is quite another, for, as the journalist who does a framing voice-over narration for Brooks’ latest puts it, when Mount Rainier popped its cork, “it was the psychological aspect, the hyperbole-fueled hysteria that had ended up killing the most people.” Maybe, but the sasquatches whom the volcano displaced contributed to the statistics, too, if only out of self-defense. Review: The Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldeman 03 Sep. My rating: 4 of 5 stars. The drawback to Fowler's character is that there is not a solid emotional attachment to his ex-girlfriend. It's 2057 and Matt Fuller is a postgrad student in chronophysics at MIT. The characters are likeable and real enough and each makes sense in the context of the times. The Accidental Time Machine (Gateway Essentials), See all details for The Accidental Time Machine (Gateway Essentials), © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. Approved third parties also use these tools in connection with our display of ads. HISTORICAL FANTASY, by At least Atticus isn’t alone; his uncle George, who puts out annual editions of The Safe Negro Travel Guide, is splitting driving duties in his Packard station wagon “with inlaid birch trim and side paneling.” Also along for the ride is Atticus’ childhood friend Letitia Dandridge, another sci-fi fan, whose family lived in the same neighborhood as the Turners. In 2058, MIT graduate student Matt Fuller realizes that the calibrator he’s built is actually a forward-traveling time machine. What a thought provoking book! I have no one to blame but myself. It's simular to H.G. It turns out this road trip is merely the beginning of a series of bizarre chimerical adventures ensnaring both the Turner and Dandridge clans in ancient rituals, arcane magical texts, alternate universes, and transmogrifying potions, all of which bears some resemblance to the supernatural visions of H.P. A Deus Ex Machina solution that's never explained, mysteries presented in the book that are never addressed, and characters that seem awfully blase about rather significant events. The Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldeman Ace 2008 257 pages Science Fiction; Time Travel. His books are very readable, interesting, and move forward at a reasonable speed. If so, what kind? I finished it yesterday before sleeping, god how I loved this book, it was almost sad to finish it, it has a happy ending too, which I liked. But as I keep reading I can't help feeling, I wish it wasn't so skimpy, and that's my beef. Reviewed in the United States on January 24, 2010. Yes it closely resembles HG Wells' Time Machine but so what, I tell myself, it's a fresh take. Along with two companions, an innocent young woman and a potentially duplicitous artificial intelligence, Matt persists in his journey, armed with evidence that suggests that just ahead of him lies the means to return to his starting point. Amusing if a bit cliched. Ruff’s ripping yarns often pile on contrivances and overextend the narratives in the grand manner of pulp storytelling, but the reinvented mythos here seems to have aroused in him a newfound empathy and engagement with his characters. Full of Haldeman's particular sense of humor and wit, the story is engrossing but there is not nearly as much depth to his characters or plot in this one as there is in his absolutely stellar "Forever War" which is one of the crowning jewels of SciFi. FANTASY This just borrowed too much from previous writings for me. I haven't read much of Haldeman's work. I won't bother writing a summary of the story, as there are plenty of those to choose from. Curiosity and some unfortunate accidents send Matt through a series of vividly described, wryly imagined futures where he gradually becomes more adaptable and resourceful as experiences hone his character. The ideas are interesting and thought-provoking, his characters realistic, fallible, but likable anyway.

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