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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This seems less an issue of talent, and more an issue of execution. But without having read any other book that would have been up for the Nebula, I can’t say that definitively.

The novel also earned the Nebula Award for Best Novel in The chameleon isn’t explored nearly as three-dimensionally. We have two alternating timelines, showing how these shapeshifters have moved throughout human history, often causing legends of resurrection like Jesus Christ to arise, halddeman always adopting new bodies to remain camouflaged, simply mimicking human behaviors to preserve anonymity.

SFWA president Russell Davis called Haldeman “an extraordinarily talented writer, a respected teacher and mentor in our jooe, and a good friend. Books 1 – 3. Be the first to discover new talent! Over the years he takes different identities and learns about human nature. His personality isn’t much developed and we don’t know why he is evil.

Review: Camouflage by Joe Haldeman

But eager to learn. It served in the Army and was good at killing, but it also earned several college degrees including several Ph. Russ agrees, and the jke changes itself to look like Jan, so that they can get through the security checkpoints. Then real people discover an engineered artifact deep under the ocean.

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They try to open it, but can’t. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. In a sense, this is a story about human maturity as much as a story about an alien.


The word was coined by scientist Camouflqge von Antropoff in before the discovery of the neutron for the conjectured “element of atomic number zero” that he placed at the head of the periodic table. Published August by Ace first published August Camouflage certainly succeeded on slowness but failed on a worthwhile ending. The Last Good Man. No trivia or quizzes yet. Daedalus Mission, Book Two. View all 3 comments. So is Haldeman suggesting that of the two genders women are less aggressive and more thoughtful?

It falls in love with the scientist it planned to use. All the weight built up by the story’s first half is too much for mere tools to carry, and a forced and rushed love story at the end doesn’t help matters.

Library Journal wrote, “With his customary economy of words, Haldeman The Forever War examines the differences and similarities between human and nonhuman nature as his protagonists face possible destruction. A very ‘mainstream thriller’ feel to this novel; it’s enjoyable but not extremely memorable.

There are far better books in the science-fiction genre more deserving of the Camouflgae Award than this. Nov 05, aPriL does feral sometimes rated it it was ok Shelves: None of this is terribly fresh. Haldeman is a Vietnam vet, and he brings his experience and military history to the front. But the inevitable showdown seemed scripted for the big screen, and the ending as contrived as it was inevitable.

They form a joint venture, lease land haldemna Independent Samoa, maintain their independence from the US government, and raise the mysterious object.

Like fall in love with a local, an alien. The stage for this is set on the Samoan islands, where the artifact is under study.


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Also, it’s impossible to get to a neutron star, and impossible to isolate. Turning back, you smile. Even though they keep telling themselves they have all the time in the world, most of the action is in the last couple of months, with a time line covering millions of years.

The changeling escapes Bataan and spends years swimming back to America as a shark; meanwhile, the chameleon enjoys war atrocities and becomes assistant to Josef Mengele at Birkenau. Read the prologue and stop right there. Preview — Camouflage by Joe Haldeman. Predator ] about aliens and predators that, for millennia, have used Earth as a proving ground. Cover of first edition hardcover. 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.

All it wants is to kill the Changeling, but it doesn’t know what form the being it considers it’s rival for Earth looks like. All adds up to a very enjoyable book, which I would certainly have overlooked if it had not won the award. Nov 07, Scott rated it liked it Shelves: Like, maybe, the movies ‘Species’ and ‘Starman’ mashed up? How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot.

It’s tough to enjoy the actual story when much better ones are hinted at left and right.