The Practice Effect

The Practice Effect Dennis Nuel is a physicist who during his research develops a machine that allows him to explore alternate realities each of which sport some very strange scientific properties

  • Title: The Practice Effect
  • Author: David Brin
  • ISBN: 9780553269819
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dennis Nuel is a physicist who, during his research, develops a machine that allows him to explore alternate realities, each of which sport some very strange scientific properties.

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    • David Brin

      David Brin is a scientist, speaker, and world known author His novels have been New York Times Bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo, Nebula and other awards At least a dozen have been translated into than twenty languages Existence, his latest novel, offers an unusual scenario for first contact His ecological thriller, Earth, foreshadowed global warming, cyberwarfare and near future trends such as the World Wide Web A movie, directed by Kevin Costner, was loosely based on his post apocalyptic novel, The Postman Startide Rising won the Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novel The Uplift War also won the Hugo Award His non fiction book The Transparent Society Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Freedom and Privacy deals with secrecy in the modern world It won the Freedom of Speech Prize from the American Library Association Brin serves on advisory committees dealing with subjects as diverse as national defense and homeland security, astronomy and space exploration, SETI, nanotechnology, and philanthropy David appears frequently on TV, including The Universe and on the History Channel s Life After People Full and updated at davidbrin biographym

    760 thoughts on “The Practice Effect

    • I have read this book every year since it first came out in paperback. Many of those reviewing this book here have not quite cottoned to the fact that it is indeed a Fantasy book and not Science Fiction. I enjoyed this fantasy for what it was and not for what it wasn't, which is to say, Science Fiction. As a practicing musician I also am intrigued by the premise of practice changing something other than the practicer. So reversing entropy is not a deal breaker for me. I wish I could practice my [...]

    • It started off feeling a lot like John Carter from A Princess of Mars meets A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. By the end I added a good dose of the movie Speed to the mix. That pretty much sums it up. Except for one thing that made it exceptional - the practice effect. I love when an author comes up with a really original idea that would deeply influence how things turned out in the world and follows it through. It turned a really basic and frequently used idea, that of the modern man [...]

    • Тю, да се не види, как се увлякох докато още се канех да зачета началото само, и без да се усетя го откарах до два сутринта, докато не и видя края на книжката!А междувременно, то не беше мърморене, като почнат да печелят лошите, то не беше даване на акъл на героите (не че са ми го [...]

    • Also posted (with Bonus Author Interview) on my blog Got My Book.Real Rating = 4.5* SciFi Novel that achieves the author's objective of "mixing rapid fire fun with challenging ideas"BOOK DETAILS:The Practice Effect by David Brin, read by Andy Caploe, published by Audible Studios (2012) / Length: 12 hrs 16 minSERIES INFO: This book is standalone and not part of any seriesMMARY:I own an old paperback copy of this book. It was something that I kept hoping would be made into audio. And yet I was als [...]

    • Later on in his career, Brin will learn how to fashion together a plot, to make characters that have depth and to understand how to blend science in with a believable world. This novel was written in 1984 and does not have any of those elements.There is one intriguing plot twist and I will reveal it right here: What happens if we reverse the Second Law of Thermodynamics? This book is a lame attempt at trying to explain what would take place if nothing falls apart but actually improves over time [...]

    • Well, this is one of the most ridiculous premises I've ever seen for a science fiction book. If it were a fantasy book, Brin could explain all this in some mystical way and get away with it.If this were the first book I'd read by Brin, I'd have given up without finishing it. Instead I'm merely disappointed that I've wasted my time. Oh, there are some mildly clever bits, but they're outweighed by the silly premise. And his "scientific" explanation at the end is wholly unsatisfying.

    • I have absolutely loved this book since I first read it at least a good 10 years ago (not entirely sure of the year). I loved the way it made me think about things and how a simple (or not so simple) rule change made everything so different. Was the actual plot the strongest? No. But it was an enjoyable, fun read and it forcing me to think has stayed with me and made this one of my most favorite sci-fi books ever. After reading it, I kept thinking of more and more ideas that could work in that u [...]

    • Not my favorite Brin effort, but still a relatively quick, mostly fun read because, well, Brin has a creative, imaginative, and open mind, chock full of new and different and interesting and thought-provoking ideas.This alternative reality/time travel mash up, interspersed with lost of running and chasing and good versus evil, kept the pages turning. Thematically, on the one hand, this has shades of Twain's Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, but, of course, Brin isn't Twain (neither as e [...]

    • Heh, this book was pleasantly ridiculous. It had such a weird premise that everything that happened was almost a surprise. And I just had to laugh every time they go into a trance and practice up some primitive thing into something crazy, like an airplane. Yes, the plot and characters were so predictable, but still, it's a nice bit of fluff.

    • This is a pretty fun book. I think it could have used some more depth; some of the characters are only sketched in. Brin is a very fine writer, but this is not his best effort. Nonetheless, it'll do for a rainy day.

    • Read this book way back before smart phones and e-readers when you had to buy an actual book. I've since switched over to reading kindle books and remembered this was a good book. I forgot just how good. David Brin creates a plausible (if a bit magical seeming) opposite to the way physics currently works (entropy and all that). It's a great adventure, the voice of the whole story is engaging and something we just don't get in modern Sci-Fi. Loved it, this is a must read for any Sci-Fi fan, would [...]

    • Another oldie from my bookshelf. Despite its original publication date of 1984, it has held uAlp pretty well and did not feel dated for the most part. Although nominally science fiction (the mechanical device that takes the protagonist to a new world, for example), the "Practice Effect" of the title, where crudely made items are "practiced" into smooth perfection, is distinctly a fantasy device. An enjoyable and quick read.

    • I enjoyed this book for the imagination but not the writing. I admire authors who can invent entire worlds, re-invent physics, and take the reader on journeys through time and space. For that aspect, this was a fun book despite amateurish prose.

    • Brin characterized it as one of his most "fun" books, but I thought of it more as a fun exercise. I felt like he had an idea for a phenomenon and threw together a story to suit it. The story was decent, but felt a bit rushed. I would definitely recommend many of his other books before this one.

    • Fun story. Entertaining premise. The end 'explanation' felt quite rushed, and the characters were pretty hollow, but it was an ok read for a weekend.

    • A winnerI highly recommend this book to Be in fans and those who are new to work. His books are never disappointing.

    • A lightweight piece for Brin, but entertaining. What if practice makes perfect worked for things as well as people. And thereby spins the plot.

    • Enjoyable story that seems a little dated though there is no specific reason why it gave this impression to me.

    • Read the review on my blog: Tim's Book ReviewsPremise: The zievatron is a device that can access parallel worlds, and physicist Dennis Nuel has been locked out of the Zievatron Project by his rival, Bernald Brady. However, when the return mechanism ends up malfunctioning, Dennis is tapped as the only one who can fix it. The only problem is that he must go through to the other world to do so. With him will come the “pixolet”, a flying pixie-like creature that slipped in from the other world.I [...]

    • “Der Übungseffekt” von David Brin aus dem Heyne Verlag verspricht eine faszinierende Grundidee. Werkzeug werden hier nicht mit jedem Gebrauch schlechter, ganz im Gegenteil, sie werden besser. Aus einem einfachen Steinwerkzeug kann so bei regelmäßigem Gebrauch eines der besten Werkzeuge werden.Die Grundidee ist einfach wie faszinierend und ermöglicht dem Autor zahlreiche Wege in der Gestaltung. Schon beim Lesen des Klappentextes war ich einmal mehr überrascht, welche Wirkung allein mit e [...]

    • This delicious and delectable work is constructed of a somewhat cheesy slice of the style of Michael Crichton's "Timeline", along with a meaty slab of the adventuring feel and odd technological wonderment of Robert Heinlein's classic "Glory Road", and a thin and leafy addition of generic fantasy world-making to (ahem) grease the wheels, as it were; all sandwiched between two hulking crusts of David Brin bread which serve to hold this wonderful idea of a story together. Bon appetite.In the typica [...]

    • The Practice Effect is a pseudo-sci-fi, maybe a bit more of a fantasy book, about a scientist who travels to a foreign land where the laws of physics are ever so slightly different than they are on earth. We follow Dennis, our scientist, as he tries to make his way in this new and crazy world, often landing in a lot of trouble. Look, it's really hard to describe this book without giving anything away, considering that Dennis himself takes a large chunk of the book to figure out exactly how this [...]

    • Една учудващо свежа и изпълнена с приятен хумор и авантюристичен дух книжка, на ръба между научния сай-фай и приятното инопланетянско фентъзи, с любимата ми формула за забавния симпатичен млад учен, попаднал в алтернативно феодално общество, което вярва и ползва изключите [...]

    • I had to stop reading this one. I tried, but the writing was clearly subpar from the start. It didn't flow well and felt amateurish. Heavy on the adverbs ("Flaster smiled condescendingly," "'Uh,' he said concisely," "Flaster pped delicately," as well as sitting heavily, saying nonchalantly, loudly, softly, and so, all within three or four pages!). And the point of view didn't seem firmly in the pov character. Not entirely head hopping so much as the first-person narrator describing himself, and [...]

    • A scientist enters an alternate dimension, very like Earth except that objects can be made better by practice. (Is that a spoiler? But it's the title of the book, how could it be a spoiler?) Consequently people never improved at making things, because they can improve things by using them. The hero uses his knowledge of making things to overcome difficulties. He wins the war and gets the girl. (Surely that isn't a spoiler either.)This is one of Brin's first books. The writing is average and the [...]

    • I read the Practice Effect before I knew who David Brin was, and when I started reading David Brin I never made the connection that he was the guy who wrote the Practice Effect. In other words, it doesn't really read like a lot of the rest of Brin's work, and if you pick it up expecting it to you're going to be disappointed. That said, it's a marvelously fun story. If you expect your science fiction to be based on fundamentally sound, provable physics you should give this book a pass. (That said [...]

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