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New Place for a Wonderful Author

Caleb Carr's third novel grabs the reader's attention with its first page. Although the subject is decidely new for Carr, his writing style remains similar to the novels The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness. Killing Time grabs you from the start, and doesn't seem to l...
Caleb Carr's third novel grabs the reader's attention with its first page. Although the subject is decidely new for Carr, his writing style remains similar to the novels The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness. Killing Time grabs you from the start, and doesn't seem to let go until long after you've finished reading it. Not only does it have a fascinating story line, it also exposes the dangers that could come along with people's continued use of the internet. Some of the characters lack depth, however, which is a little sad because Carr's other novels were so detailed. My only other complaint with Killing Time is that it is too short. The ending will surprise you and make you question not only your role in this new information age, but also the ever rising cynicism about the human race. As with all of Carr's novels I recommend reading it slowly. Though it is tempting to let it become a page turner, a lot will be lost if thought is not put into the reading.

posted by Anonymous on March 5, 2001

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Good but no 'Alienist'

I thoroughly enjoyed Carr's other fiction works, 'The Alienist' and 'Angel of Darkness' both dealing with early 20th century serial killers. His foray into Science Fiction however left me wanting for another sequel to the two earlier books, instead. 'Killing Time' was n...
I thoroughly enjoyed Carr's other fiction works, 'The Alienist' and 'Angel of Darkness' both dealing with early 20th century serial killers. His foray into Science Fiction however left me wanting for another sequel to the two earlier books, instead. 'Killing Time' was not bad and I suppose for SciFi Readers maybe it was better. To be fair, I am not a big Sci Fi enthusiast. If yoiu are like me and enjoyed 'Alienist' and 'Angel of Darkness', consider 'The Poet' by Michael Connelly, instead.

posted by Anonymous on December 17, 2000

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2006

    Not Carr's best

    I am a tremendous fan of Caleb Carr's, yet this did not live up to my expectations. It is quite different from The Alienist and the Angel of Darkness. Not only is this science fiction as opposed to history (note: i'm not a big fan of 'time travel' books), the plot and characters were not as captivating as his previous work. If you enjoy futuristic novels, perhaps you'll appreciate this more than me. I'll look forward to Carr's next historical thriller.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2002

    WHEN CAN WE EXPECT THE MOVIE?

    AFTER THE FIRST FEW PAGES, IT SEEMED TO ME THAT CALEB CARR WROTE THIS BOOK IN HOPES IT WOULD BE MADE INTO A MOVIE. I COULD ALMOST VISUALIZE THE SCENES OF DESTRUCTION AND HIGH-TECH GADGETRY THAT HAVE BECOME POPULAR IN TODAY'S MOVIES. I FINISHED THE BOOK, BUT WAS OVERALL DISAPPOINTED, ESPECIALLY THE IMPLAUSIBLE ENDING WHICH SEEMED INCONSISTENT WITH THE BEGINNING. I'TS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THIS IS THE SAME AUTHOR THAT WROTE 'THE ALIENIST'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2002

    Very disappointing

    I couldn't wait to read this book after reading Carr's Alienist and Angel of Darkness. I loved those books but was very disappointed in this one. Carr seems to have a knack for writing historical novels and should stick to them. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2002

    Not Like the First Two

    I was very disappointed with this book. Nowhere near the quality of his first two novels, Mr. Carr's vision of the future makes for a fast read, but not much else. There is, however, an eerie undertone given the recent events in Afghanistan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2001

    A disappointing junior try

    I have been an avid fan of Caleb Carr's from the moment I picked up The Alienist making it difficult for me to admit I found this book to be disappointing. Carr breaks format creating a story about our future. In doing so, he lacks the ability to create the in-depth historical pictures that he presented so well in his first two novels. The reader does not get the level of intimacy with the characters as previously accomplished. I can't say I cared about any of these characters or what happened to them. Overall, the story was not awful, but I did not find it to be up to par with his previous work. I wouldn't deter Carr's fans from reading this book, but I do advise that you may be disappointed by the expectation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2001

    Extremely Disappointing

    I expected more from Caleb Carr after his other two works of fiction. This one reads like Jules Verne meets Sheri Tepper. Both lose. He took a short story premise and spun it into narrative that does not work on any level. This is just not worth reading. On this one, Carr was the victim of bad advice from his editors.

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