Camouflage is high-concept entertainment that makes for the kind of Where Camouflage rises above its swipes is in Joe Haldeman’s crisp and witty writing. Joe Haldeman’s Camouflage, a near-future SF thriller that alternates between the experiences of two different aliens who land on Earth. Near-future aliens-among-us yarn, from the author of Forever Free (), etc.

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In it crawled out of the sea near San Quillermo California and encountered a human, who it killed and assumed his identity. This is the essential problem with the book — there is so much backstory, world-building, and character introduction that not much space is spent on plot development or the interaction of the characters.

Camouflage by Joe Haldeman. I still love you, Joe Haldeman. This is a story of two ancient alien visitors, both of whom have haldwman to pass as human. Nov 05, aPriL does feral sometimes rated it it was ok Shelves: The focus is instead on human nature as viewed through an external and somewhat distorted lens.

They are alive for millennia on earth, learning, studying humans and both attend college every 50 years or so. Haldeman needs to return to the drawing board to create a better story.

While it isn’t among Haldeman’s more timeless tales, it is a diverting beach novel that delivers a good read. Even though they keep telling themselves they have all the time in the world, most of the actio A very easy to read book, I breezed right through this one.


Joe Haldeman books are what I call easy reads. Long before humans evolved, it hid in the depths of the ocean, and then eventually left a portion of itself behind with its ship and send a portion out to explore.

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Dec 01, Daoist56 rated it liked it Shelves: InJan Dagmar begins to send a complex message to the artifact, by beaming at it in every frequency from microwave to X ray, and by tapping it mechanically. Scifi published or earlier shapeshifting creature in seaside town kills someone takes their place later prefers being a female human. Of course, if you do read it at the beach, you might think twice about going into the water. They try to open it, but can’t. Wait, the chameleon’s the bad guy?

The chameleon also hunts for other aliens, so that he may enjoy fighting and killing them.

Worlds Enough and Time. It served in the Army and was good at killing, but it also earned several college degrees including several Ph.

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It lost track of its ship and forgot about where it was from. This is a more sophisticated, if less than satisfying, handling of a similar situation in Hal Clement’s Needle Item s unavailable for purchase. As a recommenda Read the camouflge and stop right there. In a sense, this is a story about human maturity as much as a story about an alien.


The basic story is this: We appreciate your feedback. Identity is also on the agenda, particularly gender issues. He is approached by elderly Admiral Jack Halliburton, who has a for-profit job for Poseidon: It just ain’t fair, I tells ya!

All adds up to a very enjoyable book, which I would certainly have overlooked if it had not won the award. And why are drawn to each other in what seems must be haldemaj confrontation that will wipe one or the other out? Where the changeling’s changability is described in the context of its species’ evolution, for all we know camkuflage chameleon just alters its form by magic.

We also get short snippets of another alien who loves to kill and hurt people and travels to different war zones and cata Camouflwge story of shape-changing aliens is narrated in two and a half separate tracks, which do not intersect until near the end. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

One is eventually good, and one is, for no clear reason, evil, and both can shape shift.