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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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 March 5, 2001

    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 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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Exciting dark futuristic SF

    By 2023, the force of the Internet lies in misinformation and outright lies that easily fools the general public into accepting what it says as Gospel truth. Many individuals stare at their monitor in the same manner couch potatoes watched TV in the previous century. The world is a bad place where excesses have gored the environment and Mother Nature seems bushed. Few places seem pure of the IT disease, but those isolated spots mostly in Africa and Asia are breeding grounds for deadly outbreaks. <P>Historian and best-selling writer Gideon Wolfe learns that the assassination of President Emily Forrester five years ago was digitally altered to trick the public. The widely viewed web page containing the killing is very popular but has split an already divided nation further. Gideon tries to prove his contention only to meet a group of scientists and military experts who were the professional liars behind much of the official public misinformation floating on the Net. Now they fear their web of deceit has released the nuclear genie and unless they can rebottle it, Armageddon will follow. <P>The concept of KILLING TIME is brilliant with the Internet serving as an information source that contains many misleading items and outright lies that seem veracious. The 1984-like story line slows down a bit due to too many cliffhangers (sort of like a nineteenth century serial novel) disjointing the pace. However, the description of the future world and the players surfing the Internet are intelligently described and provides the entertainment that makes Caleb Carr¿s dark tale worth reading by futurologists. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2004

    A Change of Pace

    Mr Carr picks up the ponderous pace of his historical novels to warn us about the uncritical love of information. Malcolm is remniscent of Captain Nemo, but several social issues are reasonably extrapolated. The quick pace makes for an easy read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2001

    AUTHOR'S READING ADDS TO UNDERSTANDING

    Ofttimes, when an author reads his or her own work a heightened understanding, a richer intent is added. Such is the case with Caleb Carr's latest, 'Killing Time.' Mr. Carr imbues his rendering with a chilling sureness. The author's first two novels, 'The Alienist' and 'The Angels Of Darkness' were set during New York City's Gilded Age. This time out Mr. Carr takes the reader some years hence - the year 2023 to be exact when Dr. Gideon Wolfe, a professor and criminal profiler comes upon a photo of a recent presidential assassination that has been digitally altered. In Dr. Wolfe's day public opinion is largely dictated by the Internet. Opposing sides are vying for popular favor. 'Information,' as Mr. Carr has pointed out, 'is a double-edged sword. You have to know how to look underneath it.' In addition to information and its dispersal, 'Killing Time' also tackles financial uncertainty, a depletion of natural resources, and mass murder. It's a rather fearsome but fascinating take on the Information Age - read superbly by the author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2000

    Thought provoking, but lacking detail

    I found this story to be interesting in terms of the ability of the powers-that-be to manipulate the public. However, as a story, I think it lacked detail. For instance, the relationships among the 'team' seemed strong, but I didn't get why. There were situations that could have used a little more explanation-why did they pick Gideon, what happened to Dov, more about Malcom's past, etc. It was a good book, but not a page turner at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2000

    Information is NOT knowledge

    This book does a great job of exploring what could happen as this society careens down the information super-highway. Very creative.

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    Posted October 27, 2008

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