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Stepping Stone / Love Machine: Crosstown to Oblivion Hardcover – April 2, 2013


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Product Details

  • Series: Crosstown to Oblivion
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765330105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765330109
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mosley’s Crosstown to Oblivion series (each volume of which features two short novels packaged back-to-back in the manner of the old Ace Doubles) continues with this third installment. In Love Machine, a scientist has created a device that allows human minds to share thoughts and emotions. The scientist dreams of a collective human mind shared by all of humanity, but is he a groundbreaking researcher, an evil genius, or a self-appointed god? In Stepping Stone, a man begins to imagine that he’s encountering a mysterious woman only he can see. Slowly his life begins to change—his dreams taking him to other places, his nightmares showing him real events—and eventually he discovers that he might be humanity’s savior, but also its destroyer. Both stories are well written and imaginative, although Stepping Stone is a bit stronger, thanks to its compelling first-person narration. Astute readers will see where the plots are going early on (even the series title is a giveaway), but, even so, there is plenty here—both style and story—to satisfy readers of speculative fiction. --David Pitt

About the Author

WALTER MOSLEY is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America today. He is the author of more than thirty-four critically acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into twenty-one languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. His short fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and The Nation. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy, and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in New York City.


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Walter Mosley is one of America's most celebrated and beloved writers. His books have won numerous awards and have been translated into more than twenty languages.

Mosley is the author of the acclaimed Easy Rawlins series of mysteries, including national bestsellers Cinnamon Kiss, Little Scarlet, and Bad Boy Brawly Brown; the Fearless Jones series, including Fearless Jones, Fear Itself, and Fear of the Dark; the novels Blue Light and RL's Dream; and two collections of stories featuring Socrates Fortlow, Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, for which he received the Anisfield-Wolf Award, and Walkin' the Dog. He lives in New York City.

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Ending was not excited.
M. Lewis
Both stories were well written, good characters and solid endings.
Kurtis A Bobo
Exciting and wonderful story, as always, Mosley has done it again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Love2Read2 on April 22, 2013
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This short story is about a character named Truman Pope. His quiet life is turned upside-down when a woman only he can see appears and from that point forward, he experience strange visions for which he doesn't know if he is losing his mind or on the brink of transforming humanity forever. Exciting and wonderful story, as always, Mosley has done it again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BigT on August 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Gave up on the love machine early on, got too silly. But I was really pleasantly surprised by the first half or so of Stepping Stones. Interesting premise (to start) good characters, satisfying plot line. I thought this is one of the most entertaining things I've read in a while. But,once the scope of the story grew to encompass the universe it became rambling, nonsensical and a little crazy (but not in the good way).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sondra Brooker on July 2, 2013
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After ten chapters or so, I started thinking that I might know someone who would like to try whatever the author was ingesting!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terry Martin on May 10, 2013
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i enjoyed every bit of this book except the end (because there was no more to read :) . The story telling and character descriptions were as classic as all the previous books. I am looking forward to the soon to be released Easy Rawlins mystery.
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By David Goldman on May 1, 2014
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Walter Mosley's science fiction is two parts Ursula LeGuin, three parts Octavia Butler, three parts John A. Williams. Highly enjoyable stuff.
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I was so enjoying my usual immersion in Walter Mosley's gorgeous writing
and stories when all of a sudden his feet left the Earth....
Not a bad speculation but this one really didn't give back anything that could
conclude the enjoyable climb toward the end.
Oh well. He hasn't lost me before. I still look forward to buying his books.
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Format: Hardcover
The novellas in the Crosstown to Oblivion series by Walter Mosley explore big questions in creative ways. The third and latest, Stepping Stone/Love Machine, explores intervention and redemption. Mosley seems to revel in his speculation about the meaning of life and good and evil. I enjoyed both of these novellas, and as long as this is what Mosley is writing, I'm happy to read them. I recommend that any interested reader consider an excerpt before leaping in, because this writing may not be what you expect. Chances are that is you like the excerpt, you'll like the complete work.

Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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By M. Lewis on September 30, 2013
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Interest book. Ending was not excited.
Give it a rate of three because the end of the story was a little boring.
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