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Into the Looking Glass (Looking Glass, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – March 27, 2007
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It starts with a bang, about 60 kilotons, and goes on from there, as a physics experiment gone wrong ends up opening multiple "gates" to other worlds. Some of them connect to hostile aliens, and earth is fighting for its life against invaders with superior technology, physical and biological.
Meanwhile, there's a little girl that lived when she should have died; an alien something that looks like a stuffed toy, communicates telepathicaly, and can taser those who mess with it; "the Charge of the Redneck Brigade;" a more or less friendly alien species; talking cats; Cthulhu; and a phycisist in the middle of everything because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time -- or was it the right place?
Lots of fun, and the start of a new Ringo series. Fans of military SF can't go wrong with this one. And if you're not a fan of military SF, try it anyway for the characters, humor and ideas.
This is certainly not Ringo's best work but it is readable and entertaining. That's why I buy the book. It was worth the price.
The story begins with a physics experiment gone wrong. The result is a portal opened up to another world. It's a particularly nasty world and the inhabitants there are delighted at the prospect of another place to conquer. The fight against the aliens is led by, surprise - a physicist, with the help of a Navy SEAL. Along the way, they manage to enlist the help of another race threatened by the same obnoxious aliens. So too do they get a helping hand from God. I'm not kidding. In the context of this story, it worked but it would surprise a lot of the profs from my seminary.
The main character of the story is a physicist named William Weaver who is called in by the U.S. government to look into the gates, how they formed, what are they, and how to control them. I got the feeling Ringo based this character off the real scientist that Ringo consulted, Travis Taylor (if you read the author blurb on the back of Von Neumann's War you'll understand why I think this.heh).
From the very beginning, this book is loaded with action and fighting from the military against the aliens that have come through the gate from another planet in the universe (or another universe entirely!). I was able to put away thoughts of "This couldn't happen", despite the fact there were some pretty unbelievable scenes in this book. For example, the way the military and scientists just get in Hazmat-type suits to go exploring the planets on the far side of the gates (hello?! Hazmat suits? Like that is adequate protection from a foreign planet?)
Anyways, the initial gate formed on the campus of a university in Florida and at first the U.S.Read more ›
The characters in this book are much more varied and sympathetic, the aggressive aliens are much more believable, the references to various SF books and role-playing games are very clever, and spoofs of government bureaucracies are understandable by everyone, not just by soldiers. The "OSHA safety briefing" given to a man about to step through a dimensional gate is absolutely priceless.
Yet I give the book only 3 stars -- because sometime in the second half it ran out of steam. First, bigger and bigger bangs got repetitive. I would prefer a more subtle way of closing the gates. Second, leaving the alien "Tuffy" in care of an ordinary family with no government oversight is completely implausible. Third, the device friendly aliens give to humans in the epilogue is not connected to the plot, serves no purpose other than "WOW" factor, and breaks more laws of physics than the rest of the book put together; you'd think the physicist protagonist would at least mention THAT. And fourth, the book leaves a huge loose end. How huge? About the size of Boca Raton, FL. Or, you could say "Cthulhu-sized" :) Even if that loose end is a hook for the sequel, again, someone should at least mention it after main alien threat is defeated.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book immensely, Had action, character development, plot. Had it's faults, but on the whole I would recommend it. A good read.Published 1 month ago by Doug M.
I have read this as a paperback & loved it. The formatting for the kindle version leaves a lot to be desired. Just be warned when you read it. Great start to the series.Published 1 month ago by Ryan726
Excellent story. Character development is a masterpiece. Very unique plot.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not as good as some of Ringo's other books but still enjoyed the read.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Absolutely great - funny and deep and "fast-forward". I loved this series.Published 5 months ago by Pearlseattle
I always enjoy Ringo SF, and this was no exception. This had a more hard physics underlayment, but still plenty of guns and explosions. Read morePublished 6 months ago by sub.spike