Wildside

Wildside Forget the lottery Teenager Charlie Newell has just discovered something that will make him and his friends billionaires What if a world existed in which no humans ever evolved No cities No pollution

  • Title: Wildside
  • Author: Steven Gould
  • ISBN: 9780812523980
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Forget the lottery.Teenager Charlie Newell has just discovered something that will make him and his friends billionaires What if a world existed in which no humans ever evolved No cities No pollution No laws A fantastic world filled with unimaginable riches in which everything everything was yours just for the taking Charlie has found that world And he plans to use iForget the lottery.Teenager Charlie Newell has just discovered something that will make him and his friends billionaires What if a world existed in which no humans ever evolved No cities No pollution No laws A fantastic world filled with unimaginable riches in which everything everything was yours just for the taking Charlie has found that world And he plans to use it to make him and his friends rich.There is a problem How do you keep something this big a secret

    409 Comment

    • John says:

      This is a tightly written story about a young man who discovers a gateway to another earth inhabited by Ice Age mammals and, apparently, no other humans at all. He hatches a plot to get rich, and invites his friends along to help. The story sticks to a plot that wouldn't be out of place in a Heinlein juvenile from 50 years ago, but it kept my attention all day. This is fun reading for an old fogey like me, but I bet I would've liked it even more if I was still fifteen.

    • John says:

      Another from the very short list of books that I re-read. I loved this book so much I made a fan site for it, with maps of the locations of the Wildside airstrips, and pictures of the planes.

    • John says:

      This book is really close to a 5-star for me. The first 60% of the book definitely was. As usual, I loved the world building and wasn't sure about how the author chose to wrap things up. Charlie Newell inherits his uncle's farm after graduating high school, and discovers a portal to another version of Earth, one where it seems like humans have never evolved. He recruits his friends to explore the world and make themselves rich while learning more about it. At the same time, Charlie is very caref [...]

    • Jenn Myers says:

      I was surprised by this book. When I first started reading the book, I was getting some creep-vibes from the main character. I was certain he was setting his friends up so that he could kill them and wear their skin (or something,) but as you relax into the book, you realise that the guy is just a normal kid. Well, "normal" if you count being particularly savvy and always having an alternate plan ready as normal.The kid, Charlie, finds himself with access to an alternate world where many of the [...]

    • Lukas Lovas says:

      This was good. Really good. Surprisingly good :) I enjoyed the Jumper series a lot, but I was hesitant about trying the other books by Mr. Gould. You know.old looking covers, non-jumper characters. but I decided to give it a go. At first, I had no idea what was going on, as I forgot what the premise was. But after a short while, I got into it and loved it.The book follows a similar path to jumper - something paranormal happens, and the main character decides to use it in a well thought-out way. [...]

    • Glen says:

      I've thought through numerous ideas similar to this one, so I had pretty high standards going into this book. I definitely enjoyed the premise, the setting, the logistics, and how the events played through to the end. Sometimes the writing was a bit stiff, especially when trying too hard to make the other characters a bit more distinct. At times it did seem as though the author actually wanted to write aviation manuals for a living. Also, the reveal at the end wasweird and kind of unnecessary. I [...]

    • Eric says:

      Damn does Gould really know how introduce some characters, to set the rules, and let the story play out. Honestly I was hooked. I will say though it didn't grip me like others though. There were times where I was more questioning then being in the moment. It was still a cracking good time but I don't see may re-reads of it in my future. On to the next one though. It's high time I check these off of my list. It's honestly been years.

    • James Foreman says:

      A much more coherent counterpoint to Pratchett/Baxter's The Long Earth. Gould has believable, interesting characters that remind me of nothing so much as an 80s-era teen adventure (your Goonies, your Explorers, etc.). I mean this as a compliment.

    • John Loyd says:

      Wildside (1996) 316 pages by Steven Gould.Loved it. Wildside is an alternate universe story. Charlie Newell has a gate to an alternate Earth where humans never evolved. There are dangers on the wildside. There is danger of the government or some entity finding out about the gate. Charlie's Uncle Max died and left him a ranch that contained the gate, and now that Charlie is 18 the ranch is his. He has just graduated high school and he has come up with a plan, first he gets his friend Marie, Joey, [...]

    • Mitchell says:

      In honor of meeting the author at an upcoming kaffee klatch at sasquan, I thought I'd read an old one. Actually I'm hoping to get to Helm and Blind Waves before then - but we'll see if I run out of time.As I remembered this was a fun read, kind of like a much different much more detailed and modern version of Tunnel in the Sky. And it starred young adults that were actually young adults.I've read a number of travel-to-alternate-world books before and since this one. Wildside is actually pretty l [...]

    • Jennifer says:

      One of my favorite books of all time! What if a zoo got a hold of an extinct species? Where did it come from? What would they do with it?The kids keep a good balance between conservation and profit-making, all through Charlie's uncle's barn-door portal to an uninhabited version of earth.I've heard of some authors updating their 80's/90's set books for modern times, but I think this story would be absolutely destroyed by genetic preservation corporations and government black opsI love this book s [...]

    • Jill says:

      I love this book. The teens are resourceful, smart, and capable. Not all the adults are as well-adjusted. Charles is a great lead character with big dreams, a code of ethics, and a brain. His friends have their issues, but they all end up staying strong for each other. I sure wish I had access to this gate. Imagine seeing an unspoiled world!I've read this at least 4 times.

    • Thistle says:

      Know those SyFy movies that are so bad they're actually entertaining? That was this book. A kid (high school age) is given a farm by his uncle, and the farmhouse just happens to have a portal to another world in it, an earlier version of Earth from around prehistoric times. The kid brings in his other high school friends, and they bring animals to this world and sell them for hundreds of thousands to zoos.To give this book credit, it was entertaining enough that I almost continued reading it. I [...]

    • Kent says:

      Another really good one from Gould. Like in his Jumper series he spends a lot of time developing his characters, which adds so much to the overall quality of the book. Also like the Jumper books this story centers on a few protagonists that have to take on a crooked government entity. It was an interesting direction for this story to take, instead of developing the conflict on the "Wildside" with some of the animals or something. The story itself centers on Charlie, who has a gate to another "ea [...]

    • Krisztian Toth says:

      As with most of his books, I like the premise of one thing that is fantastic, that then creates an effect on the mundane world, and as readers we just enjoy it unfolding.The book is about a young pilot, who discoveres a tunnel into a seemingly parallel earth that is exactly the same as ours except there had never been humans around to transform and destroy the environment.What would you do? Our hero decides to take advantage of this unique opportunity, to finance flying around, and charting up t [...]

    • Oliviaolivia says:

      3.75 My review is definitely biased because I love airplanes and avionics, if your not interested in the details of plane use and maintenance you will not like this book. I really enjoyed the characters in this book. However I definitely wish there was alot more about the be wildside and all the different creatures living there. I'm also not a bif fan of the ending. I guessed the twist at the very beginning of the book and felt like a lot was still left unexplained/ conveniently fell into place. [...]

    • John Cooley says:

      Great, but written in 1997 and i would have love it had a sequal been written.

    • John Taylor says:

      Totally fun!A non-stop fun and adventure, with many surprises. An excellent read.Wish it was book one of a long series.

    • Susan says:

      A good reader is important for audible books!so, I've decided to log the "listens" as well as the "reads"

    • Larryhill says:

      Steven Gould takes much pleasure in his Seven-League Boots. He wears them with great success in the Jumper series. Here, in his second published novel, Wildside, he leaps off in a different direction. The heroes of the piece are five young high school graduates, one of whom reveals that on a ranch he received as a bequest there exists a gateway to an alternate Earth: unspoiled and pristine. Gould's genius both here and in the Jumper novels is that he takes this one great leap of fairy-tale imagi [...]

    • Joe says:

      I recently read Reflex, also by Steven Gould. I liked it, so I decided to get another one of his books. Like his other books, this is a pretty straightforward science fiction novel. In this book, the main character discovers a portal that opens to an Earth in a parallel universe -- a universe that never had people.Because there were never people, species that are extinct in our world are plentiful there. The main character retrieves a few passenger pigeons and sells them to zoos back on our Eart [...]

    • ferrigno says:

      Cribbio, codesto Stephen Gould è completamente matto, ma proprio matto da legare, toglietegli la penna, perdio!Gli servono quattro 18enni che sappiano tutti prendere un aereo e condurlo per un migliaio di chilometri. Me lo vedo che si chiede: dove cazzo li trovo quattro brufolosi esperti piloti? Ci ha pensato un po' e li ha mandati a scuola di volo, tutti e quattro. A due di loro fa anche fare un - vi obbligo a crederci, credeteci! - un corso di meccanico per aeroplani! Diventa anche tu Meccani [...]

    • Teresa Carrigan says:

      Interesting hard SF. Main character is 18yo when the book starts, and almost all of the book takes place while he is still 18yo. Possibly suitable for YA, but not for juveniles (underage drinking, implied sex).The story reminded me of older hard SF books from the 40s and 50s. The protagonist is super competent. He doesn't pull scientific new inventions out of his hat by dint of hard work and super intelligence, but he does have a very wide range of skills. While any one skill is believable in an [...]

    • David says:

      I thoroughly enjoyed Gould's "Jumper" about a guy who could teleport anywhere in the world he could visualize. This time around, a kid has inherited his uncle's barn which has some sort of gateway in its barn-- a gateway to an unspoiled earth where Sabre Toothed Tigers and Mastadons still roam. Gould does a good job with showing us the way millions could be made with such a portal and also how, even when things are kept as quiet as possible, the feds will move in. (Makes me wonder if Gould ever [...]

    • Ruth says:

      In the barn of the farm Charlie inherited from his uncle, he finds a portal to a parallel world, one untouched by the ravages of man, and he and a small group of friends set out to explore this new world while simultaneously hiding it from those who would misuse it.A little more technical detail in places than I'd prefer, but Gould does like to plot out exactly how one might accomplish a task like this. Gould also seems to have a thing for casting rogue government/military units as his bogeymen; [...]

    • Sandra Strange says:

      Eighteen year old Charlie Newell’s uncle has left him his ranch-- and the door in the barn that leads to an alternate reality where man never evolved. Charlie and his friends use their knowledge very cleverly to make themselves rich, and experience adventures and learn about themselves, as well as a nature that lives in our world only in their imaginations. Interesting premise, but the story is so politically correct as to promote casual acceptance of premarital sex and the outing of one of th [...]

    • Paul says:

      Not too bad. The synopsis is a bit misleading. In fact, the real story doesn't begin until about 60% into the book. The first half of the story seems to be all about light aircraft and aviation with all the associated (and mostly boring) jargon that entails. However, if you can plough through all of that, the last 40% is worth reading with a surprise ending. I think Gould ascribes far too much ingenuity, fast learning and quick thinking to such young people. Charlie is just too good to be true, [...]

    • Lexi says:

      This book started slowly, but once it picked up, I could not put it down. Although there is a lot of focus on the minutiae of preparing for and exploring the Wildside, it is all building to the book's ultimate climax, unlike Jumper, where the minutiae of teleportation was more interesting than the actual plot. After reading three of Gould's books, it is safe to say he is very interested in details, which helps create very realistic and believable sci fi premises. Off I go to find his other books [...]

    • J. says:

      This was a great book as long as you can overlook a few of Gould's idiosyncrasies: Mary Sue characters, men are evil, global warming blah blah blah and (big surprise) even though only 2-4% of the population admits to being sexually confused they always end up in Gould's books.Overall though, it was a well narrated, fun audiobook. I wish I could recommend Gould's other books, but I hated the Jumper series sooooo much.

    • Dirk says:

      I think this book is considered a YA book but I liked it. Basically this kid that just graduated from High School inherits his uncle’s farm and in the barn he finds a gate to another world. A world just like ours but without people (apparently) He gets a few of his buddies from school and they attempt to make a little money by going through the gate and doing some gold mining.Not everything goes as smoothly as they would like though and adventures are had.A fun and quick little book.

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