Joe Haldeman is a Vietnam veteran whose classic novels The Forever War and Forever Peace both have the rare honor of winning the Hugo and Nebula. Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. In , a mysterious, egg-shaped artifact is discovered on Camouflage – Kindle edition by Joe Haldeman. Download it once. Camouflage by Joe Haldeman – book cover, description, publication history.

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Two immortal, shapeshifting beings journey through time in very different ways, experiencing human life and searching for others like them. Camouflage is another excellent, interesting, and exciting novel by Joe Haldeman. It was also made into a major BBC miniseries and received many ahldeman. The interesting thing that Haldeman does with the premise is have one of the aliens develop layers of thoughts, emotions and att I just finished this book and all I can say is that I’m really glad that I happened upon it in a bookstore and bought it.

Identity is also on the agenda, particularly gender issues.

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Inthe team attempts many ways to make an impression on the artifact; when they try to communicate with it, they get a surprising momentary result. The alien seeks the artefact Strugatsky brothers’ A Beetle in an Anthill? It’s a pretty quick read for a couple reasons. I had been kind of put off Haldeman by Forever Peace, which is a later book but one that I didn’t warm to.


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Books 1 – 3. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In fact, since both aliens are immortal I thought the whole time line was pretty rushed. Camouflage is an addictive read, one of the strangest love stories around. Library Journal wrote, “With his customary economy of words, Haldeman The Forever War examines the differences and similarities between camuoflage and nonhuman nature as his protagonists face possible destruction.

Some new twists to and old idea I’d thought was well and truly done to death.

Readers should commend Haldeman for the ideas in the prologue. I’m usually willing to accept a slow book if the end wows me. The changeling escapes Bataan and spends years swimming back to America as a shark; meanwhile, the chameleon enjoys war atrocities and becomes assistant to Josef Mengele at Birkenau. I understand that Joe Haldeman, too, needs to pay rent and shop at supermarkets, but did he really have to write a pastiche of year-old pulp fiction?


The author focuses most of the book on the “good,” which I found a nice choice, and it I willingly followed along as the creature became more and more human, finally learning something akin to love. Great ideas, nicely written, compact always good. The rest of the book moves slowly and bores to frustration. Haldeman does a very good job exploring the details of how such a creature might survive, and the increasing complexities it faces mirrors our own, especially in terms of identity, though I thought this was a theme left underdeveloped.

A human-looking immortal who has been with humanity since the stone age Clifford Simak’s “Grotto of the Dancing Deer” A shape-shifting alien who can masquerade as a human but is different from humans on the cellular level John W. Haldemann Magazine, August Spoilers May Be Present! Haldeman throws in an extra alien for no apparent reason, and the love affair that supposedly wraps up the action is neither solidly developed nor particularly believable. In the best tradition of ‘hard’ sf, Haldeman mixes scientific speculation with purely human ‘what if?

You’re really rooting for the changeling not to have its cover blown, even if the chameleon remains frustratingly unidimensional and the climactic showdown kinda perfunctory.

I breezed through the audiobook of Camouflage in just 8 hours, and while it was camouflaye and action-packed, it left almost no impression at all. Likewise the human scientists researching the artifact were not very interesting, but the the focus wasn’t so much on them as characters anyway; it was more about their work on the artifact.

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On a site in Samoa, they attempt to probe its secrets, but the superdense, superheavy object proves impervious. In the end though, Camouflage is an interesting diversion, though my search for an author I can sink my teeth into – without falling asleep as I read in bed – will have to continue. Agents plan an ambush for Russ and Rae by allowing them to think that they have won a weekend at a luxury hotel, the Aggie Grey ‘s. This was a great find!

Both immortals seek each other for different reasons: Unexpectedly, something else happens. Inthe changeling comes to shore in California. And why are drawn to each ot In the near future, a mysterious alien artifact reminiscent of that in “” is discovered on the ocean floor. The drama that built up in the last quarter of the book with all its identity theft and CIA agents and complex schemes and counterschemes was kind of tiresome, and I probably wouldn’t have wanted all of that to continue for much longer.


The novel’s human characters are examining an alien artifact raised from deep beneath the sea. Le Guinwrote in her decision, “An ageless, sexless entity who can take any form is at first indifferent to gender; as it grows more human, the choice becomes more important to it; it ends up a woman by preference.

Both the Changeling and the Chameleon were drawn to the site where the unknown artifact is being examined. It discovers human sex in a scene that manages to be both funny and horrific. Haldeman and Marvano collaborated on adapting the rest of the novels in the series, and have since gone on to other stories like ‘Dallas Bar’.

Having experienced commitment to an abusive mental hospital and being a US Marine in the Bataan death march, it understands the horror of being treated badly. Part of this job requires trying to crack the message that the artifact has sent.

Camouflage: 6

None of this is terribly fresh. Granted, the book isn’t even pages long, so not every possibility could be explored, halldeman the problem exists that some of those interesting ideas are briefly teased, and then never heard of again. One is eventually good, and one is, for no clear reason, evil, and both can shape shift. With both aliens on the island and one of them inextricably linked to the object, answers are near at hand I feel that I should have guessed how the ending would play out but I didn’t.

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