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Stepping Stone and Love Machine: Two Short Novels from Crosstown to Oblivion Hardcover – April 2, 2013

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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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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: 6 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,107,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Good Walter Mosley work however I was expecting a more. This does not compare in quality to "Blue Light" or "The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey". I was expecting a story along those lines.
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When Walter Mosley does sci fi, he does it weird, sometimes unreadably so. These tales just didn't do it for me. Stepping Stone started off very strong, but then got so far out there that I was glad when it abruptly ended. Love Machine was fairly dull from start to finish. I should just stick to his mysteries.

Not recommended.
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I hadn't read a Walter Mosely book in a few years and bought Stepping Stone unresearched thinking it would be an Easy Rawlins story. Boy was I surprised. It is quite a departure from the world of the private eye to the world of the spiritual but, all in all it was an interesting read.
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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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