Camouflage is high-concept entertainment that makes for the kind of Where Camouflage rises above its swipes is in Joe Haldeman’s crisp and witty writing. Joe Haldeman’s Camouflage, a near-future SF thriller that alternates between the experiences of two different aliens who land on Earth. Near-future aliens-among-us yarn, from the author of Forever Free (), etc.
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They form a joint venture, lease land in Independent Samoa, maintain their independence from the US government, and raise the mysterious object.
Review: Camouflage by Joe Haldeman
The changeling’s good-natured, persistent curiosity and willingness to accept problems and work through them is the best part of the book. Oct 27, Thom rated it really liked it.
The novel also earned the Nebula Award for Best Novel in Init takes part in the Bataan Death Marchduring which “Jimmy” sees horrific incidents which humanize the changeling; it learns friendship and pity. It had the ability to change itself into any species of life and imitate not only the appearance but also the physiology of the species.
Still, the first hqldeman of the book is fairly entertaining, as we get to watch the “good” alien work its way, from the s to the early s, through the intricacies of being human.
Inthe changeling learns about the artifact at Apia and, feeling “a shock of recognition,” determines to join the team there. Haldeman, of course, puts his own riffs on it – basically, he brings in much more science, and http: Rae fights the chameleon, but almost loses the battle while trying to protect Hhaldeman.
It’s told in alternating sections from the viewpoing of the people raising and then trying to analyze the mysterious object and from the shapeshifting alien, the changeling, who learns just how complex and difficult to impersonate humans are. May 23, Cameron rated it it was ok Shelves: Soon, the Changeling arrives. Secondthe writing is great. And apparently completely uninterested in anything they try to do to it.
It assisted Dr Mengele in his Auschwitz experiments and, becoming aware of the more restrained being, determines to destroy it so as to remain at the top of the food chain. Camouflage by Joe Haldeman. I’ve been here for too long.
It falls in love with the scientist it planned to use. From my admittedly far from all encompassing experience with Joe Haldeman, he reminds camoulfage of a talented handy man struggling with his projects.
Some new twists to and old idea I’d thought was well and truly done to death. Why is it that humans just want to break into things they should probably leave alone? The interesting thing that Haldeman does with the premise is have one of the aliens develop layers of thoughts, emotions and att I just finished this book and all Haldeamn can say is that I’m really glad that I happened upon it in a je and bought it.
How to write a great review. This book explores the human condition as thoroughly as any literary work, with understanding of gender at the crux of that understanding. While it can mimic and learn, it starts off with so little understanding of humanity and its social norms that it’s perceived in its human form to be insane and its lack of humanity and lack of concern over human life is terrifying.
The artifact proves difficult to move, as it is possibly three times as dense as plutoniumbut they bring it to the beach and build a wall around it. There can only be one Refresh and try again. Jack and Russ move their team to ApiaSamoa. Also, the character of the chameleon seemed unnecessary and his whole story, of which there was thankfully little, felt tacked on.
Camouflage is a science fiction novel by American writer Joe Haldeman. I understand that Joe Haldeman, too, needs to pay rent and shop at supermarkets, but did he really have to write a pastiche of year-old camouflagf fiction? What really thrilled me was seeing an accomplished author since the s still producing thoughtful and stirring work, science fiction which brings back the old feeling that the universe is a pretty cool place and there is hope for things to turn out well.
The changeling alien 1 is the main character of the story, as we see it shift from being a great white shark to a dolphin to finally a human, killing a random person as it does so to take its place.
The Contra Costa Jie was unimpressed: Even though I’ve seen it pop up on ‘best of’ lists, in general, it hsldeman like his novels don’t get the attention they deserve.