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Corrupting Dr. Nice Paperback – February 15, 1998
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
science fiction books make it into the bookstores
only because of some cool idea, or because they tie in to a popular TV series or movie, or because the author's name guarantees sales, or because some big dinosaur is ripping across the cover.
Not so with _Corrupting Doctor Nice_. The best
fiction--and this novel is surely some of the best
fiction--tells a _story_, one which engages the reader's interest; delights with plot complications, humor, and tension; and satisfies with a resolution that fulfills all the promises made by the developing plot.
Kessel's book does just that, and does it with dinosaurs and time travel, too. The "coolness factor" which makes good science fiction good science fiction is intimately blended with the brilliant storytelling which makes good fiction good fiction.
Buy the book, read it, and remember why you came to love fiction in the first place.
Still, with all that completely necessary background, does the book live up to the fact that there's a great big dinosaur looking all "Lost World"esque on the cover? Actually . . . it comes pretty close. Kessel's bright idea was to apparently combine the wacky SF madness that's inherent in time travel with the screwball comedy genre (specifically "The Lady Eve", which I've never seen . . .Read more ›
The main plot is a common thread with a new twist. A grifter and her father travel to various times and scam clueless tourists from the futre. Soon, she falls for one of the men she intends to scam, a naive, almost perfect paleontologist who has taken a young dinosaur from the past for study. This part of the story is somewhat obvious. It reminds me of a movie. I can see this going to the big screen easily. The bigger story in the background surrounds the ethics of time-travel.
There is a parallel between the unethical behavior of the scam-artists, the paleontologist's removing the dinosaur from the past, and the corporation who owns the time-travel machines.
I kept wondering how this story would end. Any book that makes me guess what's going to happen in the last few pages gets 4 stars from me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must for fans of The Lady Eve screwball comedy. Doesn't come off as well as the film but definitely well done and worth the read.Published 6 months ago by Ixcaneco
Just finished it and totally unsure where I am (in the story) confusing ideals and jumps left me feeling lostPublished 14 months ago by Caterina Pryde
Oh What a wonderful read this is. John Kessel hit the head on the nail when he wrote Corrupting Dr. Nice. Read morePublished 22 months ago by A Roger Zelazny Fan
This is an under appreciated masterpiece by one of the smartest science fiction writers working today. Read morePublished on December 22, 2011 by James Patrick Kelly
As you can see from some of the less fun-loving previous reviewers, this wild time travel yarn from John Kessel does have many logical inconsistencies. Read morePublished on April 3, 2005 by doomsdayer520
The premise: Multinational, multitemporal Saltimbanque Corp. has commercialized time travel, and they've worked around the pesky lots-of-people-showing-up-at-the-same-time problem... Read morePublished on June 19, 2001 by Mary P. Campbell
This book has an awesome premise! In the book's setting, people can travel through time easily and with very few problems. Read morePublished on February 25, 2001 by Dr. Zoidberg
I consider Kessel's first solo novel, Good News from Outer Space, to be one of the best (and oddly neglected) SF novels of the past decade, and stories such as "Not... Read morePublished on August 7, 2000 by Richard R. Horton