Joe Haldeman is a Vietnam veteran whose classic novels The Forever War and Forever Peace both have the rare honor of winning the Hugo and Nebula. Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. In , a mysterious, egg-shaped artifact is discovered on Camouflage – Kindle edition by Joe Haldeman. Download it once. Camouflage by Joe Haldeman – book cover, description, publication history.

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Aug 06, Zerthimon rated it liked it Shelves: Done things I shouldn’t have done. 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.


SF writers have been exploring this question for a long time. If this smoothly written entertainment has a flaw, it is in the take-it-or-leave-it premise.

One alien is much more developed than the other as a character. The interesting thing that Haldeman does with the premise is have one of the aliens develop layers of thoughts, emotions and att I just finished this book and all I can say is that I’m really glad that I happened upon it in a bookstore and bought it. The Chameleon destroys anything or anyone that threatens it. But it can’t get close to it.

In the end though, Camouflage is an interesting diversion, though my search for an author I can sink my teeth into – without falling asleep as I read in bed – will have to continue.


It spent thousands of years as microscopic organisms in the sea where it landed and left its ship. This novel is more intelligent than either of those movies, having some minor simple crypto games, and realistic, if brief, scientific investigator techniques and equipment explained.

Dec 01, Daoist56 rated it liked it Shelves: Inthe changeling learns about the artifact at Apia and, feeling “a shock of recognition,” determines to join the team there.

A shape-shifting alien who can masquerade as a human but is different from humans on the cellular level John W. There can only be one Haldeman’s good, but this isn’t one of his standout books. Still, it was very entertaining, though probably not really deserving of the awards it’s gotten.

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They have specialists brought to their mansion to test it, and it learns to read, draw, play piano, and speak. The chameleon has often been a soldier, fighting for example with Alexander the Great and as a Masai warriorthough he also lived as farmers and butchers, among others; he suffers as a slave brought from West Africa to the new America, but in later decades makes a vast fortune. Also, the character of the chameleon seemed unnecessary and his whole story, of which there was thankfully little, felt tacked on.

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May 17, Stuart rated it it was ok Shelves: And yet, here are these damn aliens, casually living forever and growing back severed body parts and breathing underwater and building hwldeman nobody can break and having better sex than acmouflage do as if it were just another day at the office. A Space Odyssey that sends a message. Inthe changeling attends the University of Massachusetts to study oceanographythen the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution ; it senses that something important to it will be found in marine science.


Like fall in love with a local, an alien.


While working on it, for some weeks, “Rae” and Russ fall in love. 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. This story of shape-changing aliens is narrated in two and a half separate tracks, which do not intersect haldemam near the end.

It works on the SETI project, then leaves academia for several years to work in the circus, get hakdeman, and otherwise learn more about humanity. The changeling begins to learn about humanity with Jimmy Berry’s parents. Jack wants to use Russell’s team as camouflage, because all he really cares about is getting the object — for himself.

Not that I blame him. Paging Through the Camoutlage Books of “. This page was last edited on 12 Decemberat All his books are entertaining and easily read.