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The Boat of A Million Years Mass Market Paperback – Jun 15 1993


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction; First Edition edition (June 15 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812531353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812531350
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #605,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER on Feb. 18 2013
Format: Hardcover
Poul Anderson's book follows a handful of characters through millennia of their unnaturally long lives. We first encounter them in ancient times and hide with them in the dark corners of history from the jealousy and superstitious fear of others. The author's braided story structure resembles a Tom Clancy novel as the characters paths first twist near each other and finally come together. Once united in the "present," this small band of immortals shapes the future by helping medical researchers share their immortality with humankind. The original immortals then crew a spaceship in search of nonhuman civilizations.

The first half of this book, from the past through present time, is excellent. Readers feel the special concerns of long-lived individuals among normal humans. We feel the pain of losing loved ones to death, and the different pain of love grown cold. The lessons we learn ring true--lessons about keeping secrets, hiding up treasure, and always preparing to run from that heavy knock on the door. The suspicion and distrust of others makes the few good relationships precious, and is believable motivation for our heroes to find and join with other immortals.

I wish the book had ended shortly after the immortals found each other. The transition to the "normal" science fiction of space exploration is jarring. In my opinion, it was not particularly interesting space exploration, either. I continued on out of loyalty to the characters, having spent so many centuries with them. Perhaps it was part of the author's strategy to make readers feel trapped with the characters the same way some of them did with each other. I think a good editor should have removed the future scenes, leaving us with excellent historical fiction.
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By Santiago on Aug. 11 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book takes you from ancient Phoenicia to the distant future, along with an immortal who lives through it all. I guess you could call it a "sweeping epic" although it's a bit short for that cliche. Anderson somehow manages to make it seem perfectly plausible, and the characters are fairly interesting and engaging although maybe lacking a bit of depth considering they have centuries of history behind them. The ending kind of drags on and doesn't feel natural or satisfying. Not really Science-fictiony until the last few chapters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bart Leahy on March 13 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a tale of immortals. The direct ancestor of this book is Robert A. Heinlein's "Methuselah's Children." This is hardly surprising, given the libertarian affinity of Anderson and Heinlein. However, Anderson's work is much more detailed and ambitious. He starts in the Bronze Age and ancient Tyre and travels through our own age into the distant future. As usual, Anderson laces his writing with older words and descriptions not found anywhere except ancient epics. (It just wouldn't be Anderson without a "yonder" in there!) In his treatment of the immortals, Anderson describes the practical problems of memory, learning new languages, avoiding "witch burning," and finally, even our own scientific acquisitiveness. Unlike Heinlein's immortals (like the loquacious Lazarus Long), Anderson's people remain people; a bit wiser than the average, but not immune from their own prejudices, pasts, and proclivities. Indeed, by the end of the book, the immortals become the only "real" people left.
I love this book, and highly recommend it to lovers of science fiction and history.
I found it interesting that Anderson made all of his protagonists into libertarians. He gives a lot of examples of how governments turn against their citizenry as they acquire more power. Anderson describes how immortals would chafe at erosions of personal freedom. He also shows how America's civilization, too, can fall. He particularly takes shots at the IRS.
Much of the book consists of the immortals searching for others like themselves. Our immortals come from all over the world: Phoenician, Syrian, Russian, Gaul, Native American, Chinese, Japanese, and African-American slave.
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By A Customer on Dec 20 2003
Format: Hardcover
I actually wanted to rename this book the "Goat of a Million Years" because this is a goat of a book. I agree with the other reviewers that have taken this book to task for its boredom. Its not as boring as say the Foundation trilogy or such deadly dull books as Downbelow station or Glory Season, because it does have some interesting parts. And once you start you want to stick with it. But for me I just didn't reap any rewards and must confess to skimming through huge chunks of it. The posthuman section sounded more like an academic lecture than a story. Finally this is no more a novel than the Foundation trilogy was. It is a collection of short stories some written and published previously I believe with I think some new material. Therefore it lacks the narrative flow a novel should have. I would pass and read Dune instead if you're new to sci-fi or such books as the Forever War or Gateway. To me those are real good science fiction adventures. The popularity of some books that are really rather dull and mediocre books is baffling and the lack of taste may explain the decline of sci-fi literature.
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