|Plot Summary of The Practice Effect|
|"Dennis Nuel, a bright but unpopular physicist, is sent to another world via an experimental machine. There, he learns that something is not quite the same as on our world...one of the laws of physics is...off. This book is so full of puns and low comedy it's hard to decide between snickering yourself sick and slapping the author a good one. Totally unlike the rest of Brin's book, this is a playful, light-hearted, romping adventure book."
Ivy, Resident Scholar
|"Dr. Dennis Nuel has a problem: he must use the practical result of his research into parallel worlds, a device known as a zievatron, to enter an alternate world and repair the test unit at the other side, which has mysteriously malfunctioned. Upon arriving at this newly discovered world, he finds that the zievatron portal is malfunctioning because it has been vandalized. Now, Dr. Nuel finds himself stranded in a parallel reality with a quirky robot probe, evidence that seems to point to primitives using highly advanced technology, and a growing suspicion that one of the physical laws of the universe is not what it used to be. As his efforts to repair the zievatron and return home run afoul of the evil Baron Kremer, a dictatorial ruler determined to crush a nascent rebellion against him, Nuel finds the brave new world he's in, one much like Earth, is even stranger than he first thought.
Brandon Nolta, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Practice Effect|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- very upbeat
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
- info about lifeform(s)/society/phenomena
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a primitive/fantasy society
Takes place on Earth?
Planet outside solar system?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- moderately detailed references to deaths
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
- a moderate amount of scientific explanation
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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