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Jumper: A Novel

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A book by Steven Gould

Gould makes an auspicious debut with this playful and moving look at a hallowed science fiction concept: teleportation. Gould gives us no teleportation chambers, no shimmery beaming a la Star Trek , no worries about mingling one's own molecules with … see full wiki

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Author: Steven Gould
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
1 review about Jumper: A Novel

Better than the movie might make you think!

  • Feb 22, 2008
Ok, a little caveat here. I haven't seen the movie "Jumper". Given the horrible reviews it has received, I don't know that I will. From all accounts it makes your average Michael Bay crapfest (see: Pearl Harbor (Two-Disc 60th Anniversary Commemorative Edition)... or better yet, don't), look like high-art.

Ignore the movie. Read this book.

"Jumper", the novel, is a very entertaining bit of wish-fullfillment for a geek like me. I read it when it first came out back in the early 1990's and, like virtually every geek out there, thought how cool it would be to be able to teleport (though admitedly I'd be a bit more mercenary about it and use my powers as, basically, an executive taxi-driver. How much do you think a CEO would pay to be able to travel from, say, New York to Tokyo in half a second? I'm already working on a story where someone starts a business based on that concept).

I really like the way the character develops through the book and his somewhat methodical approach to testing the limits of his powers. I also liked what was done with the NSA. I think showing them overreacting at first, but eventually coming around to reality seemed like a reasonably logical course of action (though I do wonder why it was the NSA that was the government entity of choice. Surely the CIA would have made more sense? Then again, from what I recall of the early 1990's, the general public didn't know much about the NSA, so maybe that was why they feature in the novel).

I also liked the complete abscence of the Paladins, a group that makes no sense.

Now a mild word of caution. There's a couple rather unpleasant scenes in the first few pages. One is a scene of child abuse and the other is a (rather unlikely and unrealistic, scene of attempted rape. These particular sequences might make parents a little leery of giving this book to their kids, as migh some of the other violence that happens later in the book. Still, any child above the age of 13 should be able to deal with it and, hopefully, enjoy it as I did.


So now I saw the movie. It was... tolerable. Not nearly as good as the book, but it was watchable. The Paladins are still nonsense.

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