Camouflage



❴Read❵ ➵ Camouflage Author Joe Haldeman – E17streets4all.co.uk Two aliens have wandered Earth for centuries The Changeling has survived by adapting the forms of many different organisms The Chameleon destroys anything or anyone that threatens itNow, a sunken reli Two aliens have wandered Earth for centuries The Changeling has survived by adapting the forms of many different organisms The Chameleon destroys anything or anyone that threatens itNow, a sunken relic that holds the key to their origins calls to them to take them home but the Chameleon has decided there s only room for one.Camouflage

Brother of Jack C Haldeman IIHaldeman is the author of novels and five collections The Forever War won the Nebula, Hugo and Ditmar Awards for best science fiction novel in Other notable titles include Camouflage, The Accidental Time Machine and Marsbound as well as the short works Graves, Tricentennial and The Hemingway Hoax Starbound is scheduled for a January release SFWA president Russell Davis called Haldeman an extraordinarily talented writer, a respected teacher and mentor in our community, and a good friend Haldeman officially received the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master for by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America at the Nebula Awards Weekend in May, in Hollywood, Fla.

Camouflage Epub ò Mass Market Paperback
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 289 pages
  • Camouflage
  • Joe Haldeman
  • English
  • 24 March 2017
  • 0441012523

10 thoughts on “Camouflage

  1. says:

    Camouflage Species meets The Abyss not in a good wayOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureHow did Joe Haldeman s Camouflage beat Susanna Clarke s monumental work Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell for the Nebula Award in 2005 Granted, I haven t read that book, but I have read many glowing reviews from my fellow FanLit reviewers and Goodreads friends It was also made into a major BBC miniseries and received many accolades Clarke s book is incredibly long and filled with dense footnotes that Camouflage Species meets The Abyss not in a good wayOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureHow did Joe Haldeman s Camouflage beat Susanna Clarke s monumental work Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell for the Nebula Award in 2005 Granted, I haven t read that book, but I have read many glowing reviews from my fellow FanLit reviewers and Goodreads friends It was also made into a major BBC miniseries and received many accolades Clarke s book is incredibly long and filled with dense footnotes that show the depth of research and creative energy, perhaps too much for some readers but showing great effort on the author s part It is a major literary work of speculative fiction, and won the Hugo, World Fantasy, Locus, and Mythopoeic awards, and was even nominated for the Man Booker Prize and Guardian Award.In contrast, who remembers Camouflage now How many people recommend it to friends as a great science fiction book I breezed through the audiobook of Camouflage in just 8 hours, and while it was fast paced and action packed, it left almost no impression at all It is the story of two shapeshifting aliens who have lived on the Earth for millennia one interested in studying humanity, the other a vicious hunter that thrives on human misery and killing We have two alternating timelines, showing how these shapeshifters have moved throughout human history, often causing legends of resurrection like Jesus Christ to arise, but always adopting new bodies to remain camouflaged, simply mimicking human behaviors to preserve anonymity.In the future period set in 2019, Dr Russell Sutton runs a small engineering firm that handles deep undersea projects One day Admiral Jack Halliburton walks in with an intriguing proposal recover a military sub that has gone down in the Tonga trench near Samoa, a project that is code named Poseidon But Jack s real aim is a mysterious ultra dense metal capsule buried even deeper that he has discovered And before you can say deadly shapeshifting aliens and deep underseas alien artifacts, we have a typical techno thriller, exactly what you can pick up at the racks of your nearest airport bookstore.It s not that I don t like fast paced entertainment if this was a book by an unknown author that I picked up in the 1 bargain bin and read on vacation near the ocean sipping a cocktail and enjoying the tropical breezes, I wouldn t have any complaints It has lots of interesting details about how the two shapeshifters take different approaches to interacting with humanity The Changeling is the good one that is fascinated by human psychology and academic study, and acquiresscientific degrees than Donald Trump has failed real estate ventures Meanwhile, the Chameleon can t get enough of human misery, and gravitates to monsters like Nazi scientist Joseph Mengele We are never really told why the Chameleon is such a one dimensional sadist I guess some shapeshifting aliens just are that way.As the Changeling moves closer to the present timeline it starts to wonder about its own alien origins and SETI projects, etc., so the Poseidon project has an irresistible allure Meanwhile, the Chameleon cares little for humanity other than to thrive on killing, death, and misery Probably the most visceral and emotionally intense part of Camouflage relives the Bataan Death March from the eyes of the Changeling We see the depravity and inhumanity of man against man We also get plenty of thriller action as the story converges in American Samoa, where scientists have raised the alien artifact and are trying their damnedest to break through the impossibly hard exterior Why is it that humans just want to break into things they should probably leave alone Haven t they seen all those science fiction movies about messing with alien artifacts But I ve almost forgotten to mention the gender bending love story, which I must conclude is the only possible reason that Camouflage also won the James Tiptree Jr Award, which is dedicated to science fiction works that explore gender, and that year s jurors included Ursula K LeGuin and Cecilia Tan, whose Circlet Press is devoted to erotic science fiction and fantasy I would hate to question their judgement, but I thought the treatment of gender in Camouflage was fairly superficial and mainly an excuse for explicit sexual encounters between the Changeling and regular humans.I guess it s notable that while the vicious Chameleon remains exclusively male throughout its many incarnations, frequently as a soldier, the Changeling starts as a male but as it learnsof humanity elects to become female So is Haldeman suggesting that of the two genders women are less aggressive andthoughtful If so, he didn t really go beyond the surface, though he did seem to relish the Changeling taking on different female personae to seduce Dr Sutton, who we are told is well known to be a pushover for attractive women.In the end, if Camouflage were a first novel written by an unknown author and not by Joe Haldeman, renowned SFWA Grand Master, Science Fiction Hall of Fame member, and multiple Hugo and Nebula Award winner, not only would it not have won the Nebula Award, it may well have made the rounds of publisher rejections as so many books do There are far better books in the science fiction genredeserving of the Nebula Award than this

  2. says:

    What makes you human SF writers have been exploring this question for a long time One approach has been to use an android said machine goes on a lengthy quest to emulate its superior human creators Two famous examples are The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories and Data from Star Trek The Next Generation Generally, the android starts outor less niave and incomprehending of human nature and gradually learns to emulate humansaccurately Emotion and death seem to be characteristi What makes you human SF writers have been exploring this question for a long time One approach has been to use an android said machine goes on a lengthy quest to emulate its superior human creators Two famous examples are The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories and Data from Star Trek The Next Generation Generally, the android starts outor less niave and incomprehending of human nature and gradually learns to emulate humansaccurately Emotion and death seem to be characteristics singled out as definining humanity.Well, that s been done before, so why not do it with aliens instead In fact, let s have two aliens that try to hide amongst the Earthlings and contrast how that affects them These aliens are not the same species as each other but they both turn out to be physically muchrobust than life from Earth in general, so they survive through a looooong time on our planet and see many changes Both are looking for others who are also not localThe story is diverting enough and easy to read I feel that I should have guessed how the ending would play out but I didn t A competent but not greatly remarkable book

  3. says:

    This was completely brilliant, engaging and thrilling I love stories with a narrow, character based focus, and following two non human life forms as they stumble across time and land, learning all that is good and bad about humanity, was highly fascinating The two beings clowly narrow in on each other, without their knowledge, being drawn to the same old artifact found in the ocean, each with their own perspective and focus I hope Haldeman s other works are as captivating as this was.

  4. says:

    As always, Haldeman delivers a pacy, interesting and thoughtful story Two immortal, shapeshifting beings journey through time in very different ways, experiencing human life and searching for others like them I ve always liked Haldeman s characters and his deft portrayals of war so I found this an enjoyable, if fairly brief read The story is let down a little however by the sudden and in my opinion, rushed ending, and a rather rapid and unconvincing romance that is a key part of the narrati As always, Haldeman delivers a pacy, interesting and thoughtful story Two immortal, shapeshifting beings journey through time in very different ways, experiencing human life and searching for others like them I ve always liked Haldeman s characters and his deft portrayals of war so I found this an enjoyable, if fairly brief read The story is let down a little however by the sudden and in my opinion, rushed ending, and a rather rapid and unconvincing romance that is a key part of the narrative Both felt like they could have used a fewpages to be fully fleshed out

  5. says:

    Haldeman has shown his mastery againThis tale begins with some familiar SF themes an alien artefact on the sea bed and a shapeshifting alien intelligence, so long lived as to be effectively immortal, that stretches the reader s suspension of disbelief rather further than is comfortable at first but the story draws the reader in, and once over that initial hump the writing is sufficiently skilled and well paced that it is not too difficult to stretch the imagination that little bit further Haldeman has shown his mastery againThis tale begins with some familiar SF themes an alien artefact on the sea bed and a shapeshifting alien intelligence, so long lived as to be effectively immortal, that stretches the reader s suspension of disbelief rather further than is comfortable at first but the story draws the reader in, and once over that initial hump the writing is sufficiently skilled and well paced that it is not too difficult to stretch the imagination that little bit further and then this becomes an excellent tale.The story visits mostly briefly several bloodthirsty episodes from Earth s history and includes a longer episode from World War 2 the general anti war position probably results from Haldeman s own experiences in Viet Nam and then moves on to a nicely paced love story as the end approaches nicely paced for someone who doesn t normally other with Romance or porn this has just a hint of both, enough to add a trace of spice without getting it labelled as either Romance or Porn nice balance An excellent read after the rather familiar concepts in the opening chapters and highly recommended for anyone who appreciates Haldeman s other work Those opening chapters mean I can t give 5 stars but this is a very comfortable 4

  6. says:

    I absolutely loved this book and read it in just one day It s a pretty quick read for a couple reasons First, the story just pulls you in Second, the writing is great Finally, it s one of those books where you re not seeing the words on the page, you re seeing the things being described.I love reading Haldeman s books and I really should read this one again The alien was great, had feelings, and changed I can still remember some of those earlier incarnations in the 50s or so where she m I absolutely loved this book and read it in just one day It s a pretty quick read for a couple reasons First, the story just pulls you in Second, the writing is great Finally, it s one of those books where you re not seeing the words on the page, you re seeing the things being described.I love reading Haldeman s books and I really should read this one again The alien was great, had feelings, and changed I can still remember some of those earlier incarnations in the 50s or so where she messed up Great stuff If you like sci fi you really should put this on your to read list It s a wonderful stand alone novel that will introduce you to a great author.And hey, it won the Hugo or Nebula can t remember which

  7. says:

    Humanity, including the Bataan Death March, through the eyes of an immortal shape shifting alien with superhuman abilities Why did the author need a second alien, though

  8. says:

    From my admittedly far from all encompassing experience with Joe Haldeman, he reminds me of a talented handy man struggling with his projects He can do good work and has done good work , but for whatever reason, be it old broken tools, a lack of time or some other reason, he can t seem to complete a project that lives up to the expectations his previously demonstrated skill and talent lead me to have They start out strong, but end up falling apart by the projects completion.Camouflage tells t From my admittedly far from all encompassing experience with Joe Haldeman, he reminds me of a talented handy man struggling with his projects He can do good work and has done good work , but for whatever reason, be it old broken tools, a lack of time or some other reason, he can t seem to complete a project that lives up to the expectations his previously demonstrated skill and talent lead me to have They start out strong, but end up falling apart by the projects completion.Camouflage tells the story of two seemingly immortal shape shifting aliens who get bored of their living situation and decide to move to Earth Eventually, after living on our home world long enough, it becomes apparent that their memory is not as long lasting as their lives, and they begin to question where they came from Thus begins a sort of coming of age spy thriller story as both beings, one nice The Changeling , one less so The Chameleon , infiltrate human society in an attempt to learn about their origins.This premise allows for some really interesting directions to be taken with the story Unfortunately, only a fraction of them are used Granted, the book isn t even 300 pages long, so not every possibility could be explored, but the problem exists that some of those interesting ideas are briefly teased, and then never heard of again It s tough to enjoy the actual story when much better ones are hinted at left and right This problem isn t too bad in the first half of the book, when the setting is frequently changing and giving the reader new things to explore, but in the second half, when the story is tied to a single time period, it really becomes a drag.One of the story tools Haldeman uses frequently in the book is the time skip The aliens both live through many time periods and the story jumps around, highlighting many of them This is, again, a highlight of the book s first half, as not only does it keep things new and exciting, but is also used as a form of social commentary in that we re shown the type of person the aliens observe they ll have to become in order to fit in It s nothing immensely deep or new, but it s definitely interesting However, when all the time skipping finally catches up with the present day story, the angle loses its luster The angle of blending in is still used multiple times, but with the story no longer jumping all over the place, these sections become highly repetitious and are placed very close together.This second half story stagnation hurts the characters as well Without the dynamic settings to adapt to, our main character loses what makes him her it most appealing It doesn t help that the main human cast is mostly present for expository purposes Some well done and interesting exposition, mind you, but nothingAll the weight built up by the story s first half is too much for mere tools to carry, and a forced and rushed love story at the end doesn t help matters.To top it all off, the book, despite hovering around only 300 pages, rushes its ending Right at the point where things were threatening to get interesting again, to boot.Even with its promising start, somewhere along the line, this project fell apart It s clear that some tools were overused, others used in the wrong spot and others still in the wrong ways This seems less an issue of talent, andan issue of execution Either way, Camouflage could have used some extra time on the drawing board

  9. says:

    I just finished this book and all I can say is that I m really glad that I happened upon it in a bookstore and bought it This was a great find The basic story is this two alien life forms have been living on the earth for thousands, if not millions, of years Both have the ability to alter their physical shape and become other people or beings, even inanimate objects.The interesting thing that Haldeman does with the premise is have one of the aliens develop layers of thoughts, emotions and att I just finished this book and all I can say is that I m really glad that I happened upon it in a bookstore and bought it This was a great find The basic story is this two alien life forms have been living on the earth for thousands, if not millions, of years Both have the ability to alter their physical shape and become other people or beings, even inanimate objects.The interesting thing that Haldeman does with the premise is have one of the aliens develop layers of thoughts, emotions and attachments to the humans surrounding it Having experienced commitment to an abusive mental hospital and being a US Marine in the Bataan death march, it understands the horror of being treated badly It develops a conscience and begins to treat humans with respect and forbearance, with restraint.Meanwhile, a similar being has existed but remains a remorseless predator It assisted Dr Mengele in his Auschwitz experiments and, becoming aware of therestrained being, determines to destroy it so as to remain at the top of the food chain.This book is well written and I enjoyed the inherent ethics in it What really thrilled me was seeing an accomplished author since the 1970s still producing thoughtful and stirring work, science fiction which brings back the old feeling that the universe is a pretty cool place and there is hope for things to turn out well This is an optimistic work which renews the flagging hope that life is a really cool adventure and it could be just beginning

  10. says:

    It was great right up until the end, where it felt like the author just decided he was tired of all the intrigue and just killed the book with a contrived showdown that was the most predictable ending that could have taken place Not that I blame him The drama that built up in the last quarter of the book with all its identity theft and CIA agents and complex schemes and counterschemes was kind of tiresome, and I probably wouldn t have wanted all of that to continue for much longer Also, the c It was great right up until the end, where it felt like the author just decided he was tired of all the intrigue and just killed the book with a contrived showdown that was the most predictable ending that could have taken place Not that I blame him The drama that built up in the last quarter of the book with all its identity theft and CIA agents and complex schemes and counterschemes was kind of tiresome, and I probably wouldn t have wanted all of that to continue for much longer Also, the character of the chameleon seemed unnecessary and his whole story, of which there was thankfully little, felt tacked on.Still, it was very entertaining, though probably not really deserving of the awards it s gotten But without having read any other book that would have been up for the 2005 Nebula, I can t say that definitively

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