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All My Sins Remembered (GollanczF.) by Joe…

All My Sins Remembered (GollanczF.) (original 1977; edition 2003)

by Joe Haldeman

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Title:All My Sins Remembered (GollanczF.)
Authors:Joe Haldeman
Info:Gollancz (2003), Paperback, 192 pages
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Interesting premise, disappointing storytelling. This is a book begging for a further fleshing out of characters and plot and instead gets a cursory treatment of both. It's hard to care about the protaganist because all we get is a few pages up front describing what he believes, we never get to understand the character and he's drawn very one dimensionally. Overall a very uninspiring read. ( )
  bhuesers | Mar 29, 2017 |
I'd forgotten just how good a writer Joe Haldeman is. It hasn't noticeably dated and retains convincing characterization, and a beguiling premise. And he's not afraid to shock, no happy endings here! I'm so glad I plucked this off my shelf ahead of newer books ( )
  malcrf | Jan 18, 2016 |
I finished late last night. Fought through the sleepies to finish. I don't know why a book that short seemed to take that long, but I guess it really wasn't. Was more like a long week...

But anyway, I liked it. Not near as much as [b:The Forever War|21611|The Forever War|Joe Haldeman|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1167322714s/21611.jpg|423], or even quite as much as [b:The Accidental Time Machine|21608|The Accidental Time Machine|Joe Haldeman|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1167322712s/21608.jpg|22743], the previous Haldeman books I've read.

I liked the concept of this one, and for the most part the execution. But by the end of it I was ready to move on to something else. ( )
  Texas_Reaver | Mar 31, 2013 |
Interesting story about a deep-cover government operative who uses hypnosis and advanced plastic surgery to literally become some one else in order to complete his missions. He spends the time between each mission in "conversation" with a psychiatrist while completely unconscious, so each mission can be seen as a sort of reincarnation for Otto.

All throughout the story is a kind of allegory that what he does is an earthly replication of Buddhist reincarnation (the character mentions that he is/was a Buddhist), however with each new "life", he commits more and more sins (government sanctioned as they may be) which leads to chaos and the climax of the story.

Ultimately, it's an interesting concept that fuels an interesting story. The four missions that we witness through Otto's varying eyes are diverse and interesting enough, though I felt that some of the missions hinted at through the conversations with the psychiatrist could've been more interesting.

If it were any longer (it was 176 pages in my edition), it would have long overstayed its welcome, but as it's a bite-size snack for a few hours reading, it's entertaining enough. ( )
  cyafer | Mar 30, 2013 |
From human contact they absorbed a quirky and usually harmless assortment of ideas and things. They wore junk and jewelry. Hated Kept gerbils as pest. human music but collected recordings of city noises. Loved Hilbert, hated Euclid. Kept gerbils as pets; prized caterpillar hors d'ouvres. Did crossword puzzles without looking at the definitions.
I am the Resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, shall live . . .
Were suckers for a resurrection myth.

There were some very interesting alien species in this tale of a Confederacion spy who took on the appearance, personality and memories of other people in order to infiltrate situations where it was suspected that the rights of aliens or humans were being violated. Enjoyable science fiction with a conflicted hero. ( )
  isabelx | Sep 28, 2011 |
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Joe Haldemanprimary authorall editionscalculated
Jones, Peter A.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kliem, Heinz FTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Larsson, Inge R. L.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martin, BrunoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sanchez, Jorge A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stinson, PaulCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tybus, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Visser, FrankTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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