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on October 17, 2001
Eternity Road is a novel in the grand tradition of the mid to late-20th century masters of science fiction - Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke and others.
Immediately, McDevitt captures the reader's attention by presenting an eerie and mysterious vision of the future, one in which life as we know it no longer exists and society has regressed socially and technologically. McDevitt never really tells the reader what happened - the events are only referred to as the "plague" and specifics aren't mentioned. Fortunately for the readers, the main characters decide to search for the mysterious "Haven" where, during the plague, the vestiges of society were supposedly rounded up and saved for all eternity.
To me, this concept was irresistible. McDevitt not only delivers on wonderful and innovative ideas but also creates very real, fully developed characters. While reading, I couldn't help think of similarities between the movie Logan's Run and A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller. Eternity Road is a wonderfully entertaining novel well worth the time and money.
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on September 15, 2000
I found this to be one of the better books I've read. It was easy to read, and it made me want to read it at every possible point when I had freetime.
The Roadmakers (Our civilzation) left behind relics from when they misteriously vanished. When I was reading the book it made me think. They viewed the Roadmakers in kind of the respect we view the Roman civilization. But for them, they had no records of us besides the structures we left behind, they didn't know how our life was. Some were obsessed with learning about the Roadmakers though. They viewed the Roadmakers and a great and wonderous civilation, where merely the steam engine defied their current science "laws". Everywhere there were ruins. And it makes you think, how WILL it end? Will we become the second Romans, the fall? How will later generations view us? Would they judge us on our highways, our roads, partially crumbled buildings? It remains open for debate, but this book helped put things in perspective! I'd recommend it to almost anyone! :)
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on August 20, 2000
"Eternity Road" was my first contact with Jack McDevitt's work, I was everafter hooked. I have since read "The Engines of God", and am currently in the process of reading "Ancient Shores". But as for "Eternity Road", IMHO, is an excellent work of Science-Fiction, and one of my favorite works in one of my favorite genres. The premise, very inviting. In fact, when I first saw this book, I didn't read any of it except for the back cover before deciding to purchase it. I was not disappointed.
America of the distant future, but not with flying cars and a federation spread throughout space. The world as we know it has not existed for many hundreds of years. It is a world of the horse and cart, with no electricity or running water. In fact, the majority opinion among the inhabitants is that the world is flat, with those who believe it to be round a slowly disappearing minority. The only real technology the world still possesses, interestly enough, are firearms. A few brave souls from this truly alien world begin a journey to find the lost history of their world. At once exciting, enlightening, and tragic. A story I would recommend for any Sci-Fi fan.
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on June 5, 2001
As I was looking on the shelves of my local bookstore, I came across this non-descript binding only showing the words Eternity Road and a small picture of what looks like a broken bridge. I figured that I might as well look to see what something so plain could offer in the realm of flashy Sci-Fi book covers. I soon found a masterpiece laid out in a similar fashion as David Brin's "Postman." McDevit emerses the reader in the country of Illyaria located just out of the burnt ruins of Memphis, a Roadmaker city. The Roadmakers' ruins were located everywhere, most were overgrown and worn to almost nothing but all still inspired awe. The novel follows the travels of a mismatched group of Illyarians through the wilderness in search of Haven, a mystical place which holds the key to the dissapearance of the Roadmakers. I highly reccomend this book.
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on October 30, 1998
I really enjoyed this book. I hesitated buying it for a long time despite the intriguing cover. It's a great book, the characters don't need to be compelling, the author simply gives them depth through the storyline itself. This is a book that does not rest so much upon the charcters themselves, but on the world around them, and them as representatives of their people. I read it in a night, inspired to find out what Haven would be, and wasn't dissapointed. It has a rewarding ending (which Kim Stanley Robinson's 'Wild Shores' lacks), and leaves you wanting a little bit more, so you have a pang when you finish the book. A very, very satisfying book.
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on July 16, 2001
Eternity Road has a visual and visceral quality that tempts me to think of parts of the story, months later, as my own memories. And they are, in a manner possible only by such an adept writer as McDevitt. This is a powerful and alluring book. It also happens to involve the original time machines, books.
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on November 2, 2000
Eternity raod is a very realistic view of our future demolished. The book is a fast read and very exciting.
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