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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A very haldemsn thriller’ feel to this novel; it’s enjoyable but not extremely memorable. To top it all off, the book, despite hovering around only pages, rushes its ending. View all 3 comments. Like, maybe, the movies ‘Species’ and ‘Starman’ mashed up? It’s an interesting plot line but the gruel is pretty thin.

The Chameleon destroys anything or anyone that threatens it. Indifferent to knowledge, it is innately sadistic and lives only for its own pleasure, which usually involves killing people in nasty ways. But the inevitable showdown seemed scripted for the big screen, and the ending as contriv Though a compelling read, the end did not camouflaye.

No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! All the weight built up by the story’s first half is too much for halldeman tools to carry, and a forced and rushed love story at the end doesn’t help matters.

This brand new Jimmy freaks everyone out with his strangeness, and despite possessing a highly adaptive intelligence, bad things happen on the road to understanding the complex emotions and social subtleties. Well, that’s been done before, so why not do it with aliens instead? They aren’t the same species, and the story focuses almost entirely on the “good” one. Meeting Russ one night as Sharon, she makes love to him, reveals herself as both Rae and an extraterrestrial, and insists that he take her to the artifact site.

As Rae approaches the artifact, which she now recognizes as her spaceship, Jack Halliburton appears in the room, traps them there, and reveals himself as the chameleon. Record of a Spaceborn Few.


I’ve always liked Haldeman’s characters and his deft portrayals of war so I found this an enjoyable, if fairly brief read. It lost track of its ship and forgot about where it was from. There are several of them and there isn’t space to more than sketch in their identities. A human-looking immortal who has been hoe humanity since the stone age Clifford Simak’s “Grotto of the Dancing Deer” impersonates an admiral similar to Theodore Sturgeon’s “Occam’s Scalpel”, though the Sturgeon story is wittier and launches an investigation of a multimillion-year-old alien artefact Arthur C.

It had the ability to change itself into any species of life and imitate not only the appearance but also the physiology of the species. The Rocky Mountain News wrote that Camouflage “makes fresh and original use of an moe and overused plot Preview — Camouflage by Joe Haldeman.

Haldeman does a very good job exploring the details of how such a creature might survive, and jaldeman increasing complexities it faces mirrors our own, especially in terms of identity, though I thought this was a theme left underdeveloped.

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They both are intensely brilliant geniuses after being human awhile; not so much when fish or other animals. In the Night Garden by Catherynne M.

This premise allows for some really interesting directions to be taken with the story. While, there is an emotional distance toward all of the characters, caused in part from it being mainly from an alien point of view, I eventually grew to care about what happened to the changeling.

Also, if an alien artefact transmutes all the plutonium in a reactor into lead presumably, also taking away the surplus electronsthe reactor will not stop producing power within a millisecond; it has to cool down.

CAMOUFLAGE by Joe Haldeman | Kirkus Reviews

It attends college at Berkeley to study literature and anthropology. But they are not of the same race. Meanwhile, a similar being has existed but remains a remorseless predator. Russell Sutton owns a small but expert marine research company. The interesting thing that Haldeman does with the premise is have one of the aliens develop layers of thoughts, emotions and attachments to the humans surrounding it.


Still, recommended, particularly as hldeman, upbeat reading with a bit of suspense and a lot of characterization. We have two alternating timelines, showing how these shapeshifters have moved throughout human history, often causing legends of resurrection like Jesus Cajouflage to arise, but always adopting new bodies to remain camouflaged, simply mimicking human behaviors to preserve anonymity.

We are never really told why the Chameleon is such a one-dimensional sadist — I guess some shapeshifting aliens just are that way. The review must campuflage at least 50 characters long.

Also, the character of the chameleon seemed unnecessary and his haldema story, of which there was thankfully little, felt tacked on. Inthe changeling learns about the artifact at Apia and, feeling “a shock of recognition,” determines to join the team there. If this smoothly written entertainment has a flaw, it is in the take-it-or-leave-it premise.


Despite the coincidence of two shape-shifting aliens of different species happening to be on Earth at the same time, the lack of camofulage connection to most of the characters, and the quick-fix of an ending, Camouflage was a fast and enjoyable read. Though a compelling read, the end did not deliver. Like fall in love with a local, an alien.

Both felt like they could have used a few more pages to be fully fleshed out.