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The Boat of A Million Years Paperback – May 1, 2004
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"Here at last, the big Anderson book we've all been waiting for! An unforgettable novel, with a cast as big as mankind and an adventure that charts the course of time. Read it, enjoy it, savor it...this may well be the best book of the year, hell, decade."---Jerry Pournelle
"This is the book we've all been waiting for!"--Joe Haldeman
About the Author
The bestselling author of such classic novels as Brain Wave and The Boat of a Million Years, Poul Anderson won just about every award the science fiction and fantasy field has to offer. He won multiple Hugos and Nebulas, the John W. Campbell Award, The Locus Poll Award, the Skylark Award, and the SFWA Grandmaster Award for Lifetime Achievement. His later books include Harvest of Stars, The Stars are Also Fire, Operation Luna, Genesis, Mother of Kings, and Going for Infinity, a collection and retrospective of his life's work. Poul Anderson lived in Orinda, California where he passed away in 2001.
- Publisher : Orb Books; 1st edition (May 1, 2004)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765310244
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765310248
- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.07 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,107,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Oh, and there's a ton of sex, so probably not appropriate for some ages.
The novel never goes where you want it to go. Incredibly it misses all the great events of history. There are no meetings with Jesus, Buddha, Socrates, Issac Newton, George Washington or anyone else. There is no witnessing the fall of Rome, the Italian Renascence, the voyage of Columbus, the American Revolution or any other historic events. Despite living for centuries the characters never grow. You never feel them mourning the deaths of elderly children, crying for the lost centuries, laughing at new inventions, or learning to be better or wiser people.
I gave the novel two stars because I thought the idea was interesting and the novel does contain flashes of good writing here and there. And in fairness this idea would have been hard to execute even in the hands of the best science fiction writer. But I wouldn't recommend this novel.
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So I took the opportunity to read the Kindle version.
The scope of the book is enormous - a group of immortals who have lived centuries. But three quarters of the book is devoted to their individual stories in the past. It’s repetitive - Immortal lives in one place, people notice they don’t age, they move on and start again, and again and again - for character after character.
This was probably why I never finished it. This time I kept going.
Where it gets to the future and meeting other sentient species it should get interesting Instead it plods on. I won't be re-reading it.
And hats off to him for touching on the issues later in the story which would arise with greater information distribution in the media, which would only be 100 times worse now with social media but he could see that coming; Visionary stuff - which is why we read it.
Regretfully for me, it did fail to deliver in the final stages as I think so much more could have been done to round it off - I first read this on original publication on paper no less and revisiting it still held the same wonder of a good story.