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Book Note: Wilson S. Tucker, Time Bomb

I read this book about 22-Jul-2004. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1955. This note was last modified Tuesday, 24-Aug-2004 14:06:19 PDT.

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A Wilson Tucker novel I hadn't seen before. It seems to be a sequel, but I've never seen the first one, either, so I'm reading this one. This copy is one of my acquisitions from Gordy's library estate sale.

There's something about the writing style that really clicks for me. A dispassionate distance, combined with clear perceptions; at least that's how it comes across to me. I remember liking Tucker's books in general.

One thing I really appreciate is the insertion and debunking of modern myths. Telepaths are nearly omniscient, can scan an entire city at a glance, and so forth. Turns out not to be the case. And there are different kinds of telepaths, too.

On the other hand, I'm doubtful about the introduction of Gilgamesh and his much younger wife. [Added 24-Aug-2004: Denny Lien writes to say that Gilbert Nash and his wife are carryovers from Tucker's earlier The Time Masters (the "first one" mentioned above), where they're major characters.]

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