Red Thunder #2020

Red Thunder John Varley Red Thunder In the highly anticipated new novel by John Varley one of the genre s most accomplished storytellers Publishers Weekly a manned mission to Mars becomes a personal mission for an unlikely bunch of a

  • Title: Red Thunder
  • Author: John Varley
  • ISBN: 9780441010158
  • Page: 150
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Red Thunder John Varley In the highly anticipated new novel by John Varley, one of the genre s most accomplished storytellers Publishers Weekly , a manned mission to Mars becomes a personal mission for an unlikely bunch of astronauts seven suburban misfits who have constructed a spaceship built out of old tanker cars and held together with all American ambition They call her Red Thunder TIn the highly anticipated new novel by John Varley, one of the genre s most accomplished storytellers Publishers Weekly , a manned mission to Mars becomes a personal mission for an unlikely bunch of astronauts seven suburban misfits who have constructed a spaceship built out of old tanker cars and held together with all American ambition They call her Red Thunder They plan to be the first people on the Red Planetspite China s big head start If it didn t sound so crazy, it would be history in the making
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    1. This homage to Heinlein revived a lot of nostalgia in me for the hopefulness about space exploration in old fashioned science fiction Here a group of youth in their early 20 s in Florida hook up with a washed up, alcoholic astronaut and his autistic inventor cousin to build a rocket to Mars I had a lot of fun with the story despite its apparent leaning toward a young adult audience Manny, who tells the story, helps his mother run the Blast Off Motel at Cape Canaveral while he saves for college H [...]

    2. Very much a guys read Specifically, an homage to the pulps appeal to teen boys fantasies of building a rocket in the backyard, back in the early days of scientifiction But over 3 times longer than it needed to be, because of jabber jabber backstories and jabber jabber sex Interesting, but questionable discuss able is this a candidate for a book club that s not limited to wine and estrogen , explorations or patriotism, the mad scientist trope, the roles of women, definitions of family, the duties [...]

    3. People have been saying for years that Varley is the new Heinlein Apparently he s started to take this seriously, since all his books after Golden Globe are written in a kind of Junior Heinlein style Heinlein s okay, I guess, but you know who I like better John Varley Wonder what ever happened to him

    4. This book is good John Varley is who you need to go to for your sci fi needs This book doesn t have the delightful weird alieness of the Gaea series but it s brilliant hard sci fi.I don t think I d really be good at writing hard science fiction You do need a basic knowledge of physics to make the book believable What makes this book good is the characters Diverse, interesting characters My favourite sort of books are ragtag misfits trying to do something cool together that no one thinks they sho [...]

    5. Given that the basic idea is crazy, it s sound workmanship One of his characters says that about a cobbled together spacecraft, but it also applies to John Varley s novels.The guy who wrote the Titan trilogy is back again with a tale of south Florida in the near future, and eight people for whom the best of life has passed them by But don t count them out yet.An alcoholic astronaut, his super genius cousin, and six college rejects accidentally invent a source of almost limitless power OK so it w [...]

    6. This book was fabulous It took an unbelivable premise, made it belivable and had a rolicking good time doing it I saw it in the school library, and picked it up off the shelf I read the cover flap, and said, well, it ll be good for a laugh But boy, was I wrong It was much better than I expected.Despite the rather lofty science fiction concept, the book is remakably human, focusing on the characters and their problems This was the first book I ve read since Deathly Hallows that I actually felt an [...]

    7. To the critics who complain of this premise as implausible, I say return to your non fiction, for if you re not here for the fantasy, then why are you reading fiction Since most science exploration usually involves people bred and groomed for that purpose, the fantasy here is that ordinary folk build their own spaceship and become the first to set foot on Mars It may not be the most plausible story, but if you re willing to go along for the ride, it s entertaining, and I always find that to be t [...]

    8. Not sure what all the hype is about this book, or the comparison to Robert Heinlein I ve read a few of Heinlein s novels and they re hard sci fi than this one I find Varley writes like Orson Card personally This book I d say has a reading level for 14 18 year olds There s too much humor and most of it is not funny at an adult level I find anyway The basic plot is good and I like the history lesson about the space program that pops up every so often but I was told most of this in Jr High so mos [...]

    9. Decepcionante, muy decepcionante novela de John Varley Hay algunos momentos en que resulta entretenida, pero poco m s.En un futuro cercano, Manny Garc a, su amigo Dak y sus respectivas novias, tropiezan, literalmente, con el ex astronauta Travis Broussard, lo que se convertir en un punto de inflexi n en sus vidas China y EE.UU han mandado sendas misiones a Marte y probablemente sean los chinos los primeros en pisar el planeta rojo Y claro, esto no puede ser, faltar a m s, los americanos han de s [...]

    10. A truly enjoyable tale I am glad that I picked up this book when I didn t have time to read it in one go I got to be in the story for about two weeks The characters are fun and the adventure is engaging There is very little bad language, since one of the main characters reacts very poorly to it I recommend this book to all.

    11. This felt a lot like reading early Heinlein That s a complement and I generally enjoyed the story Varley spins a good yarn.

    12. I found this on a Book Trade Table at my favorite restaurant, Norma s North Star The back reviews compared it to the style of Robert Heinleind I agree It s tough to find a good book after a Star Wars reading binge This story features two best friends who live in southern Florida, who drive for hours just to watch spaceships lift off They dream of becoming astronauts however, they can t even afford college Manny helps his mom aunt run the Blast Off Motel Dak works with his dad in their automotive [...]

    13. What a whale of a tale Red Thunder is the first of John Varley s Thunder Lightning series.Red Thunder is mostly a book about how to design build a space going vessel We don t actually blast off until approx page 300 of this 411 page work But that s just fine Red Thunder has a totally new, revolutionary propulsion system and a young crew 18 19 year olds , led by a washed up former astronaut and is constructed in total secrecy as a private venture by said crew, with the help of family.This book is [...]

    14. One of the things I ve been doing over the last year or so is re reading old Robert A Heinlein It s been an interesting experience, some of it not always good, others being wonderful.It s partly because of that that I ve had this copy of Red Thunder around Hobbit Towers for a while and actually not got to reading it As you might expect from a five time Nebula and Hugo Award winner, John Varley is a wonderful prose writer, one of those, like Heinlein, whose deceptively smooth style just keeps tho [...]

    15. This the review I did for Strange Horizons magazine in 2003Multiple Hugo and Nebula award winner John Varley s first novel of the new century harks back to an earlier era Red Thunder is an homage to Heinlein s juveniles, but it also borrows the can do attitude of young folks from such classics as the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and the Andy Hardy movies But instead of let s put on a show in the barn, it s let s build a spaceship in the warehouse What s to stop them Men in black government types A sl [...]

    16. A great new series So glad I decided to read John Varley again after a long hiatus I love the quirky but brilliant characters and the bizarre yet somehow believable oddball science of the thing.

    17. This review first appeared on my blog here.Heinlein s science fiction novels were the introduction which many fans had to the genre for a long time, and his stories for young teens in particular have been hugely influential, whether loved or hated When writing for younger readers, many science fiction authors have struggled to throw off the need to copy his self reliant, competent, science obsessed teenage boys who succeed where adult professionals could not They are clearly very appealing to th [...]

    18. I loved this so much Rollicking adventure with ideas and themes to keep everyone involved, characters we really care about It feels like a great Heinlein juvenile that could never have been published in Heinlein s day One of my favorite books for a long time I knew while reading it that some people might not feel it is as award worthy as other, perhaps literary, novels, but I can t help but believe books such as this are vital to the health of SF The plot is pretty straightforward Four 18 21 ye [...]

    19. I wanted a mindless sci fi book I could breeze through while traveling recently, and this sounded like it would fit the bill In that regard it was very average enough happened that I wasn t totally bored but it wasn t ever interesting or unpredictable enough that I was excited to see what was to come I wasn t irked that I spent the time to read it but I don t think I ll need to read by this author.The plot is simple, straightforward, and all explained within the first few chapters of the book T [...]

    20. Way, way back when I was getting settled into my first job, a coworker there introduced me to what were then important new names in sci fi I of course had read the giants like Heinlein and Bradbury had even exchanged letters with Bradbury once , but this was the first I d heard of Philip Jos Farmer, Harlan Ellison, and John Varley Varley in particular I liked because of the wonderful imagination at play in his collection The Persistence of Vision.Sci fi is a genre I read only now and then, and s [...]

    21. The first SF book John Varley ever read was Robert A Heinlein s Red Planet Red Thunder is his tribute to that book, Rocket Ship Galileo, Have Spacesuit Will Travel, and all the other wonderful Heinlein juveniles that SF readers of a certain age cut their teeth on.Anyway, as you ve probably figured out, a bunch of likeable Florida teens get together and build a homemade spaceship, a couple decades from now, with the help of a cashiered NASA astronaut and his idiot savant cousin, Jubal, who has di [...]

    22. First in the Red young adult science fiction series set in a futuristic Florida The StoryWe start with the four best friends, Manny, Kelly, Dak, and Alicia watching the Mars bound VentureStar rocket take off with its Ares Seven crew It s a special event for the four as both Manny and Dak dream about going into space This summer they are, okay, so they re trying to, studying hard to pass their online college courses Online because neither of them can afford to go to a real college But that night [...]

    23. In the near future, there s another space race on will America or China be the first to get to Mars and in the small towns of Florida around Cape Canaveral, everything old is new again Everything except for the Apollo era Blast Off Motel, which 20 year old Manny helps his mom and Aunt Maria try to keep in working order Manny is desperate to get into space, but with a degree from his sub standard high school, he can t even get into college So he fixes toilets and takes free internet math courses [...]

    24. SF Four twenty year olds befriend and reform former astronaut and current drunk Travis Broussard, and with the help of his cousin Jubal, a disabled Cajun genius who speaks entirely in dialect, they build a spaceship out of spare parts in a couple of months and launch for Mars simply to get there before the Chinese do.Despite the modern conveniences, this book reads like it was written in the 1940s, not the 2000s The women seem independent, but are mostly just around to support and nurture the me [...]

    25. While waiting for my hold on another John Varley book at the library to cycle thru to me, I thought I d give Red Thunder a read Within a few pages of its opening he has the main characters gratuitously use a gay slur Or is it gratuitous At this stage I imagined the creative directions possible in the story Spoiler it s just a slur.At another point, Manny, the protagonist, makes fun of Jubal s accent Jubal is the inventor of the drive that will make Manny s dream of going into space possible But [...]

    26. I picked up a paperback copy of Red Thunder in September finally pulled it off Mount ToBeRead.Manny and Dak, two Florida twenty somethings trying to figure out what to do with their lives, happen across Travis Broussard, an ex astronaut and current alcoholic Turns out his brother, Jubal, is an eccentric genius who inadvertently comes up with a source for nearly free power He also believes that Aries Seven, a US spaceship headed towards Mars, is in terrible danger Did I mention that the Chinese a [...]

    27. This was okay, but I found myself wanting to put it down and not pick it back up Premise of the story is a group of kids Alica, Dak, Kelly and Manny find a washed up drunken guy literally they drove over him on the beach and over the subsequent days they discover he is a astronaut who s seen better days Travis is living with his cousin, Jubal, who happens to be a genius and would have moved on to lofty achievements if his father hadn t smashed his head smashed Meanwhile, the Chinese are headed f [...]

    28. Amazingly stupid yet fun, in a teenage boy fantasy kind of way.The hero a clever, mechanically inclined young man who dreams of being an astronaut, trapped in a dead end job but whose girlfriend is rich, sexually adventurous, beautiful and drives a new Porsche and his three friends a carefully PC racial blend of two girls and two boys find a washed up astronaut drunk on the beach, just as competing Chinese and American missions leave for Mars.The astronaut s sidekick cousin a bizarre character a [...]

    29. Shortly before starting this book, I had looked through my Book Journal Blog here and wondered when, exactly was the last time i read a really good book that was really engaging and fun to read The answer is that it has been much, much too long I have read many good books, but nothing that has drawn me back so strongly that we consider it a book that you can t put down This is one of those books.John Varley has long been a favorite of mine, ever since I read his Ophiuchi Hotline when I was in hi [...]

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