Joe Haldeman is a Vietnam veteran whose classic novels The Forever War and Forever Peace both have the rare honor of winning the Hugo and Nebula. Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. In , a mysterious, egg-shaped artifact is discovered on Camouflage – Kindle edition by Joe Haldeman. Download it once. Camouflage by Joe Haldeman – book cover, description, publication history.

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Superb storytelling and a panoramic view of history recommend this novel to most sf collections.

This novel is more intelligent than either of those movies, having some minor simple crypto games, and realistic, if brief, scientific investigator techniques and equipment explained. In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Second haldemah, the writing is great. As their parallel trajectories through modern history bring them to the near-future that is the story’s present day, they converge on the experiments in Fiji.

Camouflage: 6

Nov 05, aPriL does feral sometimes rated it it was ok Shelves: Marsbound has very similar problems, and camoufoage something I just can’t get over. Russ agrees, and the changeling changes itself to look like Jan, so that they can get through the security checkpoints. We also get short snippets of another alien who loves to kill and hurt people and travels to different war zones and cata This story of shape-changing aliens is narrated in two and a half separate tracks, which do not intersect until near the end.

It impulsively adopts the form of ‘Jimmy’, an unfortunate young man out for a late run, who welcomes the still shark-minded visitor to life on dry land and dies horribly. Eventually, after living on our home haldejan long enough, it becomes apparent that their memory is not as camokflage lasting as their lives, and they begin to question where they came from.


Done things I shouldn’t have done. In it crawled out of the sea near San Quillermo California and encountered a human, who it killed and assumed his identity. Finallyit’s one camouflagge those books where you’re not seeing the words on the page, you’re seeing the things being described.

I can see Camouflage making a decent movie. As always, Haldeman delivers a pacy, interesting and thoughtful story.

Meanwhile, we learn, there are two aliens roaming the Earth, neither aware of the other but alert to the possibility that there may be another. Where the changeling’s changability is described in the context of its species’ evolution, for all we know the chameleon just alters its form by magic. Haldeman, of course, puts his own riffs on it – basically, he brings in much more science, and much more of the military, and makes it into a love story as well.

The changeling has eidetic memoryso these tasks are easy; human psychology baffles it. We also get hzldeman of thriller action as the story converges in American Samoa, where scientists have raised the alien artifact and are trying their damnedest to break through the impossibly hard exterior.

As Rae approaches the artifact, which she now recognizes as her spaceship, Jack Halliburton appears in the room, traps them there, and reveals himself as the chameleon. The author focuses most of the book on the “good,” which I found a nice choice, and it I willingly followed along as the creature became more and more human, finally learning something akin to love. Sutton, who we are told is well known to be a pushover for attractive women.

Ursula K Le Guin. If gender isn’t the central concern of this novel, it’s near the center, and the handling of it is skillful, subtle, and finely unpredictable.

CAMOUFLAGE by Joe Haldeman | Kirkus Reviews

Because it cannot speak English yetJimmy’s friends assume that he has brain damage, and the changeling is sent home to his parents. A million years prior to the dawn of Homo sapienstwo immortalshapeshifting aliens roam the Earth with little memory of their origin or their purpose.


He could also imitate the appearance of other species but not as easily as the Haldekan. Okay, so it’s a biological imperative, to eliminate competition in the environment, but Haldeman never explains why it hasn’t used its evolved intelligence to camouflafe that imperative.


Soon, the Changeling arrives. I just finished this book and all I can say is that I’m really glad that I happened upon it in a galdeman and bought it.

Please review your cart. The team plunges the artifact into different atmospheres — specifically, those of the planets and moons of our Solar System — in case the object might recognize one of them as “home-like” and respond. Also, neutronium is composed entirely of neutrons, packed immensely close without the protons and electrons balancing the strong nuclear force and keeping sub-atomic particles at relatively vast distances At any rate, it didn’t upset any of my preconceived ideas, so I didn’t think it was objectionable.

Camouflage is high-concept entertainment that makes for the kind of popcorn page-turner many readers will enjoy enough to forgive the unoriginality of some of its ideas. Haldeman, of course, puts his own riffs on it – basically, he brings in much more science, and http: As a group of scientists try haldsman crack a massive metallic egg of alien origin, for fucking eons resting peacefully at the bottom of the ocean with its crab and starfish neighbors, the reader goes back in time.

Although not large, its mass was inexplicable. One juror, Ursula K. I was surprised to learn of Haldeman’s popularity as a writer of BD Euro-comics.