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Jumper: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – Feb 18 2002


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Starscape (Feb. 18 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765342286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765342287
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.6 x 19.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,951,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Gould makes an auspicious debut with this playful and moving look at a hallowed science fiction concept: teleportation. Gould gives us no teleportation chambers, no shimmery beaming a la Star Trek , no worries about mingling one's own molecules with a fly's--here only one person can teleport, and he has no idea how he does it. David Rice, age 17, first "jumps" spontaneously in order to escape his abusive father. Having run away, he learns to control his strange talent, using it first to survive on the street and then to set himself up comfortably via bank robbery. Gould does not focus on moral implications so much as keep the plot moving quickly. David searches for his long-lost mother, meets and woos a girl, enjoys the pleasures of a leisurely life in New York and (despite his best efforts) eventually runs afoul of the authorities, who of course want to understand his powers and then put him to work for them. Short fiction has earned this author a reputation in "hard" science fiction, and he applies similar logic to teleportation (though he glosses over some points to make the story work). His warm, delightful and compulsively readable novel displays assured storytelling skill.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

The sudden discovery of his teleportation ability rescues teenager David Rice from his abusive father. It also signals the beginning of a new life for the troubled young man. Gould's first novel features a hero who is not particularly wise and whose ethics are sometimes questionable, but whose yearnings and psychological turmoil ring true. A dollop of suspense and a dash of romance make this fast-paced sf adventure a good purchase for large libraries.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Buggy TOP 100 REVIEWER on Feb. 1 2009
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This is a well written, interesting book that will definitely give you lots to think about. What if you could 'jump' anywhere that you'd been just by imagining it? Where would you go? what would you do? The possibilities are endless and that was the main reason I liked this book, it got me thinking.

Published in the early 90's Jumper is now slightly dated but this doesn't deter from a good story, you just have to try and remember a time before cell phones, computers and the Internet. New York is still a crime infested, dangerous place before it was cleaned up during Rudy Giuliani's reign. Terrorism plays a huge role in this story and in one ominous moment David drops a terrorist off the deck of the World Trade Center.

One of my biggest problems with this story would have to be the way David is written. He is meant to be an 18 year old boy who has been abused by his father and isolated from life, spending his days reading books. After he learns that he can 'Jump' he transforms into a Jason Bourne, Jack Bauer anti-terrorist type character while tricking the FBI and police along the way. I also found his character to be written more like a forty year old than a teenager; interested in finding a decent high tea and wearing linen suits. His girlfriend Millie was particularly annoying and although she is meant to be a collage student and only a few years older, she reads more like his mother than his lover, always quick with the voice of reason. I think the author although writing a Young Adult book had trouble finding the voice of a YA and both characters read older to me.

I would give the first half of this book 5 stars and the second half 3 stars, having grown tierd of the Jason Bourne anti-terrorism trickery by the end. Still a fun, exciting read that I would recommend.
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Normally, when you read a novel that is heavy science fiction, there is not enough room in the plot to add romance. Although people say that romance in today's world amounts to how much sexual themes a book is loaded with (and believe me, this book is no exception; its not for young kids), but the romance that takes place in this book is very real with the consequence our young protagonist David Rice deals with; his deadly secret of teleportation. Hence the name Jumper. He can jump to anywhere he wants, but only where he remembers. The plot is pretty predictable; he gets rich, gets a girl, fights a little bit of crime, and falls in love with the girl. But to describe the romance and action of this book in one simple sentence would not pay homage to the hard work put into the writing of this story. There is sex in this book, as well as the prospect of rape, but the sex is not out of enjoyment, but out of endearment. Its very gently described too, and your head won't be spinning like it does when you watch a graphical sex scene in a raunch teen flick. Steven Gould writes with eloquence, passion, and sometimes the passages brought tears to my eyes. I actually could feel the characters' woes, problems, and feelings. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but while a picture is swept away in your thoughts very easily, strong words will stay in your heart forever, and Steven Gould accomplishes just that.
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I have long been a fan of Steven Gould but amazingly enough until just recently I haven't read his first novel JUMPER. I was not disappointed. Did it have a few little flaws? Yes. Did it sound like an advisement for psychotherapy, you bet. But for the most part I didn't care, it was still one heck of a story.
What would you do if you were seventeen and could teleport? Rob a bank? Probably. Have some fun? Yes. In fact Davy, the teleporter in this story, is probably quite a bit more reserved than would have been a certain seventeen year old I knew some years back. This is a story for young adults, emphasize the adult please. I've seen a considerable number of poor reviews based on the premise that JUMPER was unexpectedly too racy for young children. It's not. There is no graphic sex, it's all implied and what is there is integral to the plot.
This is a story of reactions. How someone would react to finding he has a strange new gift. It doesn't dwell on the mechanics of teleportation it just gives it to you as an established fact and this works very well. No need to develop new natural rules and try to convince us it really could happen, it's a story, believe and enjoy!
Anyway JUMPER is no prizewinner but it is as darn good story and I certainly enjoyed it and would RECOMMEND it whole-heartedly.
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loved this one. The idea of a person being able to teleport from place to place is not new, but it still has the power to fascinate. Just think, what would you do if you could jump from one side of the world to another just by concentrating upon a photograph of your destination?
David Rice can do just that as he learns quite by accident during a moment of heightened stress when his abusive father attacks him. We follow David as he learns what he can do, but not why he can do it. This frustrates him until he becomes distracted by other events. He robs a bank, gets a girlfriend older than him, finds his estranged mother, loses the girl, loses the mother, gets the girl again, tracks down a bunch of terrorists.... phew! David sure is busy in this book and I love it! Oh yeah, he makes a fool out of the FBI and police at nearly every turn... great!
Jumper is simply great fun. Once you pick it up, you'll not want to put it down until the last page is read. When you've finished it, you'll want to put it somewhere safe. I guarantee you'll want to read it again.
Mark E. Cooper
Author of The Warrior Within (ISBN: 094512200)
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