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On My Way to Paradise Paperback – Nov 1 1989


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam Books; Advance Copy edition (November 1989)
  • ISBN-10: 9991827501
  • ISBN-13: 978-9991827506
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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The other reviews have pretty much covered this book. It is five stars all the way. Its one of those books that you look back longingly on, almost fifteen years old now, I remember a day when I was much younger, and the world still exciting and new. Im sure you all have books that stay with you like that. It evokes great memories from a great time to be in college (early 90's). Anyway, the question is, will Dave Wolverton ever write a sequel? Will he ever write under his real name? Or write true sci-fi, not just star wars young adult trash? I sure hope he does. Dave, if you ever read this, please return to the world you created in "Paradise!"
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This was Dave's first title published other than short stories. It is one of the best pieces of Science Fiction ever written. He has an incredible ability to place the reader in the environment and have the action surround you. His characters are well developed and he places them in situations rich and wonderful. Most writers aim for a story this good to be the peak of their careers. I hope that Dave can write more stories that are somewhere near this good.
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I know this book is long out of print and I agree with other reviewers that it should really be republished. It is simply the best SF book I have ever read. I just read it again for the third time and it is still as good as I remember it to be when it first came out. It is simply very hard to find a good book like this in the genre -- believe me I read SF almost fulltime! Unfortunately, I cannot say the same about other books Wolverton has written since his first book.
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By "leonardxx" on July 11 2000
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Angelo Osic, an aging pharmacist in wartorn Panama, is drawn into a complicated political plot when he reaches out in compassion to help an injured woman fleeing shadowy forces. Osic kills a man, and is forced to flee Earth and make a new life among Latino refugee/mercenaries, hired to help a Japanese-derived culture on a distant planet defeat its cultural rival. Trained ruthlessly in war, he struggles to return to his own self image of a man of peace, a healer, and a man of compassion -- even as he sees these things fail and fade.
For a scifi lover, this book is a feast for the mind; nay, more than a feast: a smorgasborg. Neural implants, brain transplant, genetic alteration, jacked-in training, bioweapons, AI, space travel, future weapons; you name it. Yet all of these technological developments are worked into the plot smoothly and believably. And most important, they are not the focus of the novel: that focus is the moral development of a man struggling to make sense of what his life has become; struggling to regain moral agency in an immoral world. Yet there are many other interesting ideas on display, as well: culture clash, the nature of reality, what it means to be human, and what the meaning of culture is.
Most novels are fire and forget; they do not touch your self in any real way beyond the pleasure of escape. This one will have you thinking about it years after your read it for the nth time.
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By "leonardxx" on July 10 2000
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Angelo Osic, an aging pharmacist in wartorn Panama, is drawn into a complicated political plot when he reaches out in compassion to help an injured woman fleeing shadowy forces. Osic kills a man, and is forced to flee Earth and make a new life among Latino refugee/mercenaries, hired to help a Japanese-derived culture on a distant planet defeat its cultural rival. Trained ruthlessly in war, he struggles to return to his own self image of a man of peace, a healer, and a man of compassion -- even as he sees these things fail and fade.
For a scifi lover, this book is a feast for the mind; nay, more than a feast: a smorgasborg. Neural implants, brain transplant, genetic alteration, jacked-in training, bioweapons, AI, space travel, future weapons; you name it. Yet all of these technological developments are worked into the plot smoothly and believably. And most important, they are not the focus of the novel: that focus is the moral development of a man struggling to make sense of what his life has become; struggling to regain moral agency in an immoral world. Yet there are many other interesting ideas on display, as well: culture clash, the nature of reality, what it means to be human, and what the meaning of culture is.
Most novels are fire and forget; they do not touch your self in any real way beyond the pleasure of escape. This one will have you thinking about it years after your read it for the nth time.
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By "leonardxx" on July 9 2000
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Angelo Osic, an aging pharmacist in wartorn Panama, is drawn into a complicated political plot when he reaches out in compassion to help an injured woman fleeing shadowy forces. Osic kills a man, and is forced to flee Earth and make a new life among Latino refugee/mercenaries, hired to help a Japanese-derived culture on a distant planet defeat its cultural rival. Trained ruthlessly in war, he struggles to return to his own self image of a man of peace, a healer, and a man of compassion -- even as he sees these things fail and fade.
For a scifi lover, this book is a feast for the mind; nay, more than a feast: a smorgasborg. Neural implants, brain transplant, genetic alteration, jacked-in training, bioweapons, AI, space travel, future weapons; you name it. Yet all of these technological developments are worked into the plot smoothly and believably. And most important, they are not the focus of the novel: that focus is the moral development of a man struggling to make sense of what his life has become; struggling to regain moral agency in an immoral world. Yet there are many other interesting ideas on display, as well: culture clash, the nature of reality, what it means to be human, and what the meaning of culture is.
Most novels are fire and forget; they do not touch your self in any real way beyond the pleasure of escape. This one will have you thinking about it years after your read it for the nth time.
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