The Lens and the Looker

The Lens and the Looker

Lory S. Kaufman / Jan 28, 2020

The Lens and the Looker There s hope for the future but what about the past It s the th century and humans with the help of artificial intelligences A I s have finally created the perfect post dystopian society To make

  • Title: The Lens and the Looker
  • Author: Lory S. Kaufman
  • ISBN: 9781936558025
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Paperback
  • There s hope for the future, but what about the past It s the 24th century and humans, with the help of artificial intelligences A.I.s , have finally created the perfect post dystopian society To make equally perfect citizens for this world, the elders have created History Camps, full sized recreations of cities from Earth s distant pasts Here teens live the way their aThere s hope for the future, but what about the past It s the 24th century and humans, with the help of artificial intelligences A.I.s , have finally created the perfect post dystopian society To make equally perfect citizens for this world, the elders have created History Camps, full sized recreations of cities from Earth s distant pasts Here teens live the way their ancestors did, doing the same dirty jobs and experiencing the same degradations History Camps teach youths not to repeat the mistakes that almost caused the planet to die But not everything goes to plan.In this first of a trilogy, we meet three spoiled teens in the year 2347 Hansum almost 17, is good looking and athletic Shamira, 15, is sassy, independent and an artistic genius Lincoln, 14, is the smart aleck But you don t have to scratch too far beneath the surface to find his insecurities.These three hard cases refuse the valuable lessons History Camps teach But when they are kidnapped and taken back in time to 1347 Verona, Italy, they only have two choices adapt to the harsh medieval ways or die The dangers are many, their enemies are powerful, and safety is a long way away It s hardly the ideal environment to fall in love but that s exactly what happens In an attempt to survive, the trio risks introducing technology from the future It could save them or it could change history.

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      • Lory S. Kaufman

        I write Post Dystopian fiction After society s collapse, which is imagined in so many great dystopian stories, humans will either fade into history, with the dinosaurs, or, if it learns the right lessons, society will go on to construct a civilization to last tens of thousands of years History Camp stories are the exciting adventures of young people doing the latter Lory Kaufman On the artistic side of my career, I ve written, acted and directed children s theatre and musical theatre I enjoy art, especially sculpture I love science fiction and historical fiction and have been deeply involved in the green movement all across North America I think all these thing show through when you read my work I have three grown children and work and live in Kingston, Canada.


    1. Copy obtained through the GoodReads First Reads program. Disclaimer: I'm an adult who still enjoys reading YA, so I know I'm not the target audience.I think the intended age range would likely enjoy the book. The three main characters (Hansum, Shamira, and Lincoln) have enough of an edge that they're interesting, but they aren't "bad influences". The idea of the History Camp is a good one, and the lessons the kids learn are gradual, realistic ones. As an introduction to sci-fi, it's like easing [...]

    2. In The Lens and The Looker we have a combination of subplots going on that all weave together to form a remarkable story of love, friendship and responsibility. The book’s description states that there are three main characters; seventeen-year-old Hansum, who becomes Romero, fifteen-year-old Shamira (Carmella) and fourteen-year-old Lincoln (Maruccio). However, the storyline focuses more on Hansum than the others. You learn the most of him and he is the easiest to sympathize with. Plus he is th [...]

    3. "The Lens and the Looker" (History Camp 1) by Lory Kaufman could be x-rated for chopped-off finger and sword-slain soldiers. I like the premise, rebellious adolescents find out how good present lives are compared to a dirty smelly dangerous past. But they never learn self-reliance, how to reason and decide individually, discover and act on strengths, find and bolster friend's frailties in teamwork, expose and exploit enemy weakness. They always follow rules and their AI tutor. Research details a [...]

    4. First impressions: The book starts in the 24th century, which is completely fascinating. I loved the descriptions of the A.I. teachers and nannies. The world was so interesting that I wish we'd spent a bit more time there.Lasting impressions: The detailed lessons on lensmaking, though at times a little tedious, were mostly fun to read. Where else can I learn how glasses are made while reading a cool story? The mix of real history with the fictional story was enjoyable.Conflicting impressions: I [...]

    5. I am a huge history nerd, so this book is right up my alley. It's the first book in a trilogy about history camp. This is such a cool idea, its set in the 24th century and to help shape up delinquent youth, they send them to history camp to learn about how people lived and worked in the past. It kind of reminded me of Colonial Williamsburg in the US. It actually sounded like a really cool experience, and not a punishment, but like I said- I'm a nerd. The three main characters end up actually get [...]

    6. Do you like books about the past? Books about time travel? You should love this book. A brief overview:Hansum, Lincoln, and Shamira are three kids from the 24th century who are what we would call 'problem children'. They don't pay attention in school and cause problems wherever and whenever they can. They are juvenile delinquents in the making. As a punishment, they must "do time" in a history camp. A re-enactment of a time when life wasn't so easy. The kids are sent to a camp representing Veron [...]

    7. A good concept, well-executed. At least as good as The Hunger Games better than the 1632 and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone series. More fun, too, for someone with even a slight interest in history.The "Connecticut Yankee" story propels twenty-fourth century (well, modern) teens into fifteenth century Italy with just enough technology and help to justify them surviving the first day. Kaufman even develops devices ("History Camp", translator implants and "Pan") to explain how the teens sur [...]

    8. THE LENS AND THE LOOKER, by Lory Kaufman brings you to the perfect world, post-dystopian where nothing bad can happen. Trouble making kids don't get detention, they get History Camp, a place from the past with all the details included. The three trouble-making kids make too much trouble in History Camp and end up in the past, for real. I was engaged the whole time waiting to see what was going to happen! This was a great read! I loved the idea of time-travel. That is what caught my eye when I wa [...]

    9. I received this book in a First Reads contest. Hansum, Shamira, and Lincoln are hard cases, kids who don't follow the rules. So these kids are sent to History Camp to learn how good they have it. But something odd happens at History Camp, and the are taken back in time to 1347 and they have to live through the REAL history. How will they survive and how will they impact the future.I want to start off saying I really enjoyed this book. I really found the story captivating. The style of the book [...]

    10. This is a book that really touches me. I love historical fiction and futuristic stories. This book is the best combination of both. What are historical re-creations but a way to understand things about the past that are not a part of our everyday lives? It is a great way to learn, especially for our youth. There are many state and national park sites across the land that do just that.We have many youth programs designed to help those who strain against the institutions of our day, who refuse to [...]

    11. I really liked this book, and am anxiously awaiting the next in the series. I have seen the comments others have made about not spending enough time in the characters real world, but I totally disagree. As the book progresses you learn a lot about the 3 main characters and the way they evolve and step up to the situations they find themselves in. They learn to trust each other and work together to survive in the true 13th century, and deal with all the things that happen to them, of which there [...]

    12. Unfortunately, I couldn't finish this book. The concept sounded fantastic! But it really couldn't keep me engaged.Right from the beginning, you're supposed to believe that the main character is a clever, mischievous young man--intelligent, smarmy, attractive, and manipulative. I didn't see that. A little bit more of "show, don't tell" would have been good, since I came away feeling that I was being told what to feel about the main character.But then there was that description of the lathe. The s [...]

    13. This book was a little outside my normal library but my son recommended it to me, which was quite rewarding insofar as I normally am doing the recommendations. What i particularly enjoyed about the book was that the characters were down to earth; there were no real villains or angels, just people in a situation in which they had to find a way to initially survive and then prosper, using their innate intelligence, obviously their advanced knowledge, and yes, some magic, to posively affect their r [...]

    14. I haven’t read anything like this book before the concept is fresh and exciting. Set in the future but played out in the past it was a perfect mix of what the future holds but how the pasts plays a huge part in the future. I loved the idea of using the past as a form of discipline, teaching kids that they have it pretty easy now days. Sometimes a writer adds to much detail or not enough but Kaufman adds just the right amount of detail that make everything much more interesting. I am not a fan [...]

    15. This is a great modern book, I was lucky enough to get an early copy from a friend of mine and fell into the story after the first page. I recommend it to all readers, young or old, Sci-Fi, romance or just escapist. This is definatly (along with 1st Hungar Games book) my favorite book in the last 5 years. Now to tell the truth, I don't tend to like modern books (past the 90's) because of their lack of drive, I mostly read the classics and old Sci-Fi. But this book has drive and is diffinatly the [...]

    16. Thank-you so much for the 3 books Mr.Kaufman. I really enjoyed reading the lens and the looker and leaning about how people lived in the 14th century. Did you have to research about how the lathe worked? Did you use the characters romero and guilietta to symbolize romeo and guliette? thanks again for the books.-Mason Christiaans

    17. Yes, I'm the publisher, but I wouldn't be the publisher if I didn't think this was a five-star book. This is a terrific combination of speculation, research, and character interaction. The major characters are all teens, but there's plenty here for adults to read.

    18. This ebook did not work well in 3 of my Nooks as the page-turning would stick. I gave up reading this.

    19. The premise of this book was quite intriguing, so I had high hopes to see how this concept of "History Camps" played out using the city of Verona in the year 1347. What I did not really understand was why Hansum and Lincoln were specifically cast as lens-maker apprentices. Kaufman goes into extreme detail regarding the intricacies of making lenses for eye glasses with rudimentary tools of that time period, and quite a bit of the book is devoted to the education of the process and the modernizati [...]

    20. The Lens and the Looker by Lory S. KaufmanSeries: Verona Trilogy (#1)Release Date: March 16th, 2011Publisher: The Fiction StudioPage Count: 336Source: Received from author via Pump Up Your Book for reviewThere's hope for the future, but what about the past?It's the 24th century and humans, with the help of artificial intelligences, (A.I.s) have finally created the perfect society. To make equally perfect citizens for this world, the elders have created History Camps, full-sized recreations of ci [...]

    21. Original review here: offbeatvagabond/2013/02/indie-book-review-lens-and-lookermlThe Lens and the Looker takes place in the 24th century. We start things off with a guy named Hansum. He likes to start trouble and give his professors a run for their money. His professors think he needs to learn a lesson. The kids of this generation have it way too easy. No real responsibilities and no real work. So they send him to History Camp. History Camp is where they send kids to learn how things were back i [...]

    22. Hansum, Shamira, and Lincoln are all “hard cases” from the 24th century. They are spoiled, lazy, and resilient to the lessons that the elders of their society try to teach. In a desperate measure to get the teens to learn from their mistakes, they are whisked away to History Camp—a reenactment of some of the hardest times from history. History Camps are designed to teach even the hardest 24th century kids a lesson about the past. Unfortunately, Hansum, Shamira, and Lincoln are too smart fo [...]

    23. Okay. Word to the wise; there is sci fi elements, but you won’t be spending too much time in the future world. The book is mostly set in 14th century Italy. That being said, this might disappoint some readers who are looking forward to reading about a post-dystopian world. I didn’t mind as historical fiction was always something I liked to read. Mixing historical fiction with science fiction elements also provides an interesting story. The sci-fi element does make a significant impact on the [...]

    24. This was an interesting post-dystopian story of a non-Jetsons future with A.I. (I read the backstory on the author's site and it was a fun, informative read).Hansum lives in 2347 Common Era (CE), which I believe is millenia after humans nearly drove themselves to extinction (although from mentions of the lack of religion, it might just be 2347 BC named as CE). Every human has an artificial intelligence nanny from the moment they're born. Population is controlled to where engines, transportation, [...]

    25. The Lens and the Looker is book one in the Verona Series (History Camp: the Verona Trilogy)Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln are three teenagers who like to create chaos wherever they go. They don't like to follow rules or listen to their elders and for that reason, they are sentenced to a session at History Camp where for the next two weeks, they will live in 14th century Verona, serving their time while living the hard reality of another.Arriving at their destination, the three work to upset the bal [...]

    26. Definitely one of the more unique books that I've read in a while, The Lens and the Looker blends both historical fiction and a bit of post-dystopian fiction into a perfect mixture of a book. I went into this story a little worried, since again historical fiction doesn't generally tend to be my favorite genre. However Lory Kaufman has found a way to blend these two worlds together, and he creates characters that will captivate you and draw you in. Despite my original misgivings, this was a book [...]

    27. The Lens and the Looker is unique in the sense that it’s difficult to label as belonging to a single genre. On one hand, it’s sci-fi. You begin in the 24th century, where you spend a brief time learning just enough to know that all the kids in a three hundred million populated world are sent back in time as part of their education. Learn from hardships of the past to change the future and all that. But on the other hand, once the main characters are transported and trapped back in time, the [...]

    28. I was hoping to win a copy of The Lens and the Looker by Lory S. Kaufman in a giveaway some time ago, but was not so lucky. So when I saw the chance to participate in a blog tour for the Verona Trilogy I jumped on it. Hansum is what they call a "hard case". He's incredibly bright but he just doesn't. get it. Know what I mean? He takes for granted the things that he has and the life that he lives because he never knew the struggles and the hardships of centuries before. So he, along with 2 other [...]

    29. When I originally was asked if I would read and review this trilogy I was excited because I like these science fiction, travel type books. I am also somewhat of a history buff so, this appealed to me.However, to begin with, I have some issues with this first book.The first several chapters is the set up in order to get to the meat of the book. Although I understand it was needed, it also was a slow beginning and if I wasn't truly interested in these characters, I probably would have stopped ther [...]

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