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All the Lives He Led (edition 2012)

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Title:All the Lives He Led
Authors:Frederik Pohl
Info:Tor Science Fiction 2012-01-03 (2012), Paperback
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All the Lives He Led: A Novel by Frederik Pohl

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Story based in the mid-future basically about terrorism and love. Somewhat of a weird mix... ( )
  Guide2 | Jul 13, 2014 |
I was pleasantly surprised to find Frederick Pohl still writing novels in his nineties, and quite pleased to read this novel in which he posits a world where terrorism is a given. Pohl then explores this world in what looks like a coming of age novel but is actual a novel of ideas, among those ideas being torture, compulsion/obsession, exploitation and the harm the human race has done to the earth. ( )
  nmele | Apr 6, 2013 |
My first Pohl. A decent introduction to his novels, although it does seem incomplete at times. The setting (Pompeii, 2000 years after the eruption) and narration are done very well.

The plot is trifling stuff, but that doesn't matter as much. It's a fun explosive (ha-ha-ha) read, and I'll keep searching out for more of this author. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
After reading over 100 pages I was still waiting for something to happen. Soon after things started picking up. But ultimately this book was a letdown. ( )
  keithostertag | Jun 10, 2011 |
I found the narrator so annoying - unreflective and pessimistic in his narration, unevenly canny and naive in his behavior -- that I almost put the book down around page 30, but the jacket seemed to promise a story with action and romance, and I was in the mood for a futuristic thriller or mystery. As it turns out, it isn't either of those; it's a character study, and the grating qualities of the narration make perfect sense in context. But, that doesn't make them easier to swallow. A particular challenge is that that the main character -- perhaps the character to which the title refers -- isn't the narrator, and isn't even present for the reader for much of the story. The heart of the book is interested in how people love and hate; the further away one gets from that core, the more the details are instrumental to the plot, and many are ultimately left as loose ends. ( )
  bezoar44 | May 28, 2011 |
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A near-future tale finds a popular theme park opened on the site of ancient Pompeii on the eve of the 2,000th anniversary of the eruption of Vesuvius and threatened by a possible repeat eruption and terrorist attack.

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