Ballroom of the Skies #2020

Ballroom of the Skies John D. MacDonald Ballroom of the Skies Have you ever stopped to wonder why the world is eternally war torn Why men of good will seeking only peace are driven relentlessly to further disaster MacDonlad s novel suggests a strange and sinis

  • Title: Ballroom of the Skies
  • Author: John D. MacDonald
  • ISBN: 9780231019934
  • Page: 485
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Ballroom of the Skies John D. MacDonald Have you ever stopped to wonder why the world is eternally war torn Why men of good will, seeking only peace, are driven relentlessly to further disaster MacDonlad s novel suggests a strange and sinister explaination.Here we enter an intricate future society, in which India rules the globe The First Atomic War has just ended, and already momentum is clearly building forHave you ever stopped to wonder why the world is eternally war torn Why men of good will, seeking only peace, are driven relentlessly to further disaster MacDonlad s novel suggests a strange and sinister explaination.Here we enter an intricate future society, in which India rules the globe The First Atomic War has just ended, and already momentum is clearly building for the second.People shrug War is man s nature, they think Until Drake Lorin discovers the aliens living among us, and begins to divine their sinister purpose.
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    1. I m most familiar with John D MacDonald s Travis McGee mystery series I was surprised to find that he had also written a few Science Fiction or as he calls them, science fantasy stories Ballroom of the Skies was originally written in 1951 It s an interesting story and takes a bit of time to get into the flow of what is happening.We find the Earth working through the First Atomic War and being threatened with the 2nd The US is no longer a powerhouse, instead it is the PacIndia that is the power D [...]

    2. This 1952 novel is John D MacDonald s second science fiction entry of the three he wrote in his long career AT this point, he had been writing novel length fiction for two years and was still learning his craft.SciFi After WWIII, the United States has been reduced to a second rate country, tensions in the world are high, and Dake Lorin has taken a year to help Darwin Branson work out a peace accords with all the nations He witnesses Branson accept watered down conciliations from Irania and knows [...]

    3. Wasn t sure where this one was going for a while, but the plot turn at the end really made this book for me I m really starting to appreciate and enjoy 50 s science fiction far than contemporary Maybe the ideas were just newer, fresher, bizarre Not a classic in the most rigid sense, but a great and rewarding read, nonetheless.

    4. In a career as prolific as MacDonald s, there s bound to be some clunkers, especially early on.And this is one.MacDonald is mostly known as a mystery writer, but he had an itch to write some science fiction toward the beginning of his career, and turned out this one and the earlier Wine of the Dreamers, both on the same theme Judging by the afterword of these edition, MacDonald wasn t exactly familiar with the genre thinking science fiction necessarily included either bug eyed monsters, space op [...]

    5. MacDonald expressed some interesting and thought provoking ideas about war and peace and progress What was disappointing for me was the story as a story I have read roughly a dozen or books by MacDonald, not just Travis McGee tales, and the storytelling here is the weakest I have read by him.

    6. 26 nov 15, 62 from macdonald for mejust finished The Damned macdonald rocks the casbah, always entertaininghave read the other sci fi storyrget the title Wine of the Dreamers a good one if you re in the market onward upward29 nov 15 finished.good story i don t remember much about wine of the dreamers although i think that one also contained the idea expressed best by macdonald in an afterword in this story the two novels are companion pieces in that they provide two congruent methods of accounti [...]

    7. This is a classic sci fi book written in the 1950s By the time it came up on my list and I started reading it, I had forgotten when it was published and was very confused about the timeline, especially when they kept talking about the 70s and things being only fifty years after silent films I finally figured out this book is set in the 1970s, which was the future War has shaken up world politics and India is the lead country Americans are second class citizens Instead of building skyscrapers, we [...]

    8. I enjoyed this book It lit up my imagination, lots of visuals came throughout the story MacDonald had a writing style that I thoroughly enjoyed, many choice sentences that could have have stood completely alone, which in this day of age, where internet memes are all the rage, is a wonderful plus thoughtful, artful construction of words which MacDonald also communicates his respect for in the way he illustrates the topic of communication throughout this book it was less alien and spacey than most [...]

    9. Frankly a little disappointing This is one of those books that has a really interesting build up, but about half way through it fizzles The first half of the book featured some really interesting scenarios the political scene with Pak India on the rise, the vivid telepathic illusions, the Matrix like puppet puppetmaster chase scenes But about halfway through he just lost it The ending was rushed and disjointed,so many avenues that could have been explored were just dropped, and the whole resolut [...]

    10. Shame to realize that MacDonald abandoned science fiction after 3 books, because Ballroom is pretty imaginative and dense, if a little too short.Published at a time when the author saw fit to question the hands of authority, Ballroom systematically goes through all of our support systems our governments, our countries, our own minds, our universe and shows us how little we can depend on them And how little we re willing to accept change.He touches on how progress but who s progress is tried to s [...]

    11. This would have been a two star read until the last 4 pages It was an odd science fiction story that didn t really make sense to me, and I nearly gave up part way through However, the last 4 pages pulled the whole thing together in a very clever way Left me thinking about what an ingenious plot line it was First published in the early 50 s and re released in the late 60 s, this story is set in the late 1970 s after a series of devastating wars on Earth Interesting to look at the state of the wor [...]

    12. Dake Lorin is an idealist in this future world of the late 1970s He stumbles onto a group of people with fantastic mental talents that seem to be manipulating world affairs.World War III is in the recent past and things already seem building up for IV.Lorin tries to get the word out but is frustrated at every turn He gets dragged right into the middle when apparent Earth folks take him off planet and begin training him.When he learns what is really going on.

    13. It s hard to believe that this book is over 60 years old considering a lot of the themes are still quite powerful today I read this while on a SciFi kick and read two or three of MacDonald s books back to back I d comment on this novel but I don t want to spoil it and I don t believe in spoiler tags The ending really stuck with me though.

    14. I read this as a kid and LOVED it It s one of the first SF books I remember reading Would likely give it fewer stars now if I re read it What I remember is the guy being chosen and going through agonizing ordeals to get some, basically, superpowers And I seem to remember the ballroom scene how cool is that Oh waitI ve done that in Second Life nowtimes change

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