- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: Del Ray; First Edition. 1 in number line edition (1996)
- ASIN: B002AS7UK8
- Package Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 347 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,653,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is a remarkable first novel. The characterization is excellent and compelling. The story is an equal partner to the ideas that abound. There are several sub-plots that are almost as satisfying as the major theme about the societal impact of a device that compells truthfulness in all aspects of human interaction. Pete's complex character and his relationships with women and with his life long friends David and Diana West are well portrayed as are his relationships and interaction with his demons Reece and Scoggins. I even enjoyed the character of 22g CP-TLMos, the super computer reporter who relates the major part of this work.
My great regret is that we don't have our own phenomenally gifted Pete Robinson to create a Truth Machine for us and to usher in the new era of world wide understanding and communication.
This is a thoughtful, absorbing, highly readable and most important statement about our possible future or lack thereof.
Very highly recommended.
All in all, I kept finding myself turning the pages, but I started to get antsy about halfway through, already guessing where it was headed. It wasn't bad by any means, and Halperin is obviously very smart. If he starts writing full time, I think his writing will become better rounded. In hindsight, I think the mechanism where most of the book is supposedly written by an intelligent computer was added in after the fact to apologize for the dry language. Just a hunch.
Maybe the ideas are interesting, but if you love the English language at all, you will absolutely hate this book.