The Practice Effect Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1 1995
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This novel centers around a physicist caught in the middle of office politics in the university he works in. This is not so much the basis of the story but the setting that the story begins with. At the university this physicist has created a device that enables you to explore other worlds on a different plane of existance. However, some minor problems with the use of this device ensue and the initial inventor of this device, who has been brushed aside due to these politics, has been asked once again to help with it.
Totally unarmed with previous information he is thrust into one of these anomaly worlds with only the idea that the physics in control of this world may be somewhat different. What a beginning!
As the main character Dennis Neul explores this world you understand his observations as all from earth would. However, pulling together his various theories based on Earth rules, don't add up and he is forced to adjust his earlier assumptions.
There is a complication that extends his visit and he is thrust in the middle of some hostilities that are currently dominating this world. He interacts with the locals and begins to understand more of the local customs and rules of physics.
This book is classic Brin. His well thought-out science that is so easily portrayed to the reader is a joy.
You will thoroughly enjoy this book.
I judge books by the ability they have to leave a lasting image in my mind. Two of David Brin's books have done that; The Practice Effect and the Postman. In each, there are word pictures painted of ordinary people who attained a sort of nobility through their efforts. In the Practice Effect, it was the aviation pioneers like Howard Hughes and Amelia Earhart. In the Postman, it was the mythical title character who did an everyday job with an immense sense of underlying duty. For those memorable scenes, both of these books were worth their purchase price.
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I really liked this book alot. The plot was original and the human themes were compelling...heroism, adventure and achievement through understanding the laws of nature (in this... Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2002
Drama critics have long known that comedy is harder to direct and to perform than tragedy. The same goes for literature: being even slightly off the mark is all that it takes to... Read morePublished on May 26 2002 by Richard A. Lovett
Apparently lots of people like this book judging from the other reviews below, but I found it incredibly shallow and tedious. Read morePublished on April 29 2002 by Amazon Customer
This is certainly not Brin's best novel, and he clearly still had a lot to learn in his craft when he wrote it. Read morePublished on March 24 2002 by Amazon Customer
This is one of David Brin's shorter books, but the length suits its purpose. The story moves quickly, not bothering with the lengthy descriptions that are characteristic of his... Read morePublished on April 24 2001 by Arwen
Most SF contains one or more "What if"s. Brin has chosen one of the toughest---"What if I change some of the basic physical laws of nature? Read morePublished on Dec 10 2000 by Amazon Customer
I gave 5 stars because I would give any of Brin's novels 5 stars. Brin knows how to write an interesting story, which always surprises the reader with something new. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2000
I've read everything Brin has published. He weaves a very real and believable story, usually based upon real science, or real theory. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2000