Impulse: At long last, a new Jumper novel from Steven Gould


13 Responses to “Impulse: At long last, a new Jumper novel from Steven Gould”

  1. marymargaret1 says:

    Great Book Design!

  2. planettom says:

    Are the books better than the movie?
    Because before too long in the movie, I was rooting for Sam Jackson’s character; his plan to kill or Supermax all those annoying teleport-jerks seemed like a pretty good idea.

    • spocko says:

      YES! One of my favorite books ever. I love the way that it deals with “superpowers” as well as the ethics of using them AND the whole issue of child abuse and terrorism. (themes that weren’t really addressed in the movie)

       I went to the SF in SF event a month or so ago and asked him about the movie. ‘Did you get to meet Samuel Jackson?” (Answer, no, but he saw him at the Premier) As a writer who got paid for the rights to the movie, he was pleased it got made. And when someone asked, “Does it bother you that it doesn’t follow the book?” he said, “But the book still exists. It’s not like they stopped printing the book. People can still buy it and read it.” (The book went #1  briefly when the movie came out.)Also, Reflex is great, and deals with the issue of torture and mind control by the government. I’m waiting to get my copy of Impulse, but in the mean time I want to recommend a book by his wife, Laura Mixon-Gould.It’s called Up Against It (listed as by M.J. Locke)It takes place in the future on an asteroid that has a disaster that dumps the colony’s life support materials into space. How they recover and who is behind the disaster drives the plot, but the real fun of the book is the characters and how they deal with  “future ethics” 300 years from now.It reminded me of Charlie Stross’ Iron Sunrise books. Lots of ideas and then people living in a new tech world who are still human, with the same human motivations. Check it out. 

    • Peter says:

      The books are much better than the movie.  In the books, the main character makes some questionable choices but is generally good-hearted rather than the jerk he came off as in the movie. 

      And, overall, the book reads as much more real than the movie… like the traditional SF technique of including ONE fantastic element, and then everything proceeds logically from there.  People react in believable ways.

      It’s YA-targetted (but, upper-age YA as there’s violence and even a bit of sex), and if it has a sin it’s that it edges a little too much towards the ‘adolescent power fantasy’ side of things, but it’s still very good.

    •  Far far better than the movie.

  3. tyger11 says:

    The books have _nothing_ to do with the movie. or, more correctly, the movie has almost nothing to do with the original novel, which is one of my all-time favorites. Rather like the movie version of Starship Troopers. *sigh*

  4. tyger11 says:

    Read this recently; a truly great continuation of the story.

  5. Josh Pyke says:

    Kindle edition is selling for $1.99 right now.

  6. waltbosz says:

    Wow, I just started re-reading Jumper at the gym last night. The books “Jumper” and “Relex” are much better than the movie. There was another book “Jumper: Griffin’s Story” that was supposed to be a prequel to the movie to explain the paladin story line that is missing from the other books. It’s not bad, but it’s not related to the first 2 books.

  7. Daemonworks says:

    Hmm. Haven’t read the books or seen the movie… but I have to say, I’d be mighty worried about pissing off somebody who can teleport.

  8. Steven Davis says:

    That break neck pacing is what soured me on them. I loved the first 3/4 of Jumper, but then it seemed to spin off into “& then this happened, teleport, & this other thing happened.” I liked it enough to read the second one, but the A.D.D. plotting annoyed me.

  9. Peter says:

    Finished reading this earlier this week… loved it… still not quite as strong as Jumper, and there are a few weaknesses with the main character (and in fact, most of the sympathetic characters) being too ‘perfect’ in many ways, but I still loved reading it all the way through.

    I’ve heard somewhere that the author is working on another sequel called something like Exo, and if that’s true, like this one, I’ll be ordering it in hardcover as soon as it comes out (which, for me, is quite an endorsement…)

  10. JustAdComics says:

    Wonderful book. I snagged it as soon as it appeared on my radar. Very good continuation of the Jumper and Reflex stories. Highly, highly recommended. I especially liked how the third book deals with some of the repercussions to the main character’s psyche from the occurrences in Reflex.

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