The Practice Effect

The Practice Effect

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Physicist Dennis Nuel was the first human to probe the strange realms called anomaly worlds—alternate universes where the laws of science were unpredictably changed. But the world Dennis discovered seemed almost like our own—with one perplexing difference. To his astonishment, he was hailed as a wizard and found himself fighting beside a beautiful woman with strange powers against a mysterious warlord as he struggles to solve the riddle of this baffling world.

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ISBN-13: 9781511397148
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 05/03/2016

About the Author

David Brin is a scientist and the bestselling author of Sundiver, The Uplift War, Startide Rising, The Practice Effect, The Postman, Heart of the Comet (with Gregory Benford), Earth, Glory Season, Brightness Reef, and Infinity's Shore, as well as the short-story collections The River of Time and Otherness. He has a doctorate in astrophysics and has been a NASA consultant and a physics professor.

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Poul Anderson

A delightful, often very witty story, with the underlying thoughtfulness we expect from David Brin.

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Practice Effect 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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pjasion on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is absolutely one of my favorite Brin novels - and I have every one he has written to date. The premise is so unique that I (still) think it would make an outstanding movie! Anyone a screen writer out there???
clong on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book reads like an odd combination of a trite young adult fantasy and a science fiction novel of planetary exploration hung on a truly intriguing concept. A physics experiment gone wrong leaves our protagonist stranded on an earth like planet inhabited by human like people where one important law of physics works quite differently: things that are used don¿t wear down, they instead improve towards perfection (i.e., as they get ¿practice¿).The Practice Effect is a decent yarn, but not really in the same league with Startide Rising or The Uplift War. I found the feudal politics and economics of the world to be superficial, and none of the characters to be particularly compelling (the love-interest princess and the evil villain both felt particularly thin). The strategy and tactics of the climactic battle are unconvincing, and completely ignore the profound implications of the planet's reverse entropy physics to boot. Not a great novel, but I found it moderately satisfying in a guilty pleasure kind of way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read and reread this fun story. I recommend it whole heartedly.
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VerbisAdVitem More than 1 year ago
This really turned me on to Brin's writing. He takes one thing -- the tendency of things to break down with use -- flips it, and then creates the entire society that results, and the view from an outsider who enters. The results are surprising, adventurous, and puts the reader in the same sort of position as a holder of "secret" knowledge in the world as the character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
...get it! This is the first book I ever read by David Brin and is still my favorite. He has such a different imagination than most other SF authors. This story is as unique as you will find and his writing style is simply pleasurable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A lively and entertaining tale. I've read this one twice now, and it was just as good a read the second time. I'd like to see a sequel to this one.