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The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide
by Trace Beaulieu, Mystery Science Theater 3000 Writers and Performers, Mystery Science Theater 3000 Writers and Performers, Michael J. Nelson, Mary Jo Pehl, Trace Beaulieu
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 April, 1996)
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At last, the honest-Injun, 100%-MST3K-sanctioned guide to the 120 episodes of this extremely cool, Peabody Award-winning show. Contains multitudinous synopses, tidbits, photos, wisecracks,and descriptions of some of the most disgusting things ever seen on screen by the MST3K  writers.You know youwant it, so get it while it's hot! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have For Even Casual Fans...
I would give this breezy show guide the highest mark possible - permanent bathroom material. The "behind the scenes" info about the show is priceless, the episode guides are hilarious (and will provide necessary information for completionists). My one complaint? Seasons 1-6 are thoroughly examined, but there is only a brief overview of Season 7, and obviously (due to the publishing date), nothing about seasons 8-10, aka "The Scifi Years." I realize that the cast and crew have gone onto other things, but I don't think a "Volume 2" would be too much to ask.

5-0 out of 5 stars As funny as the show
This is an excellent book both as a guide to the MST3k show, and just to read. Even the setup of the book is entertaining.

There is a prologue, an introduction which has a postscript, a foreword about Kurt Vonnegut, an introduction to the preface, then the preface. You might think that's it, but you're wrong! After all of that there is still an introduction to the Special Platinum Edition of /The MST3K Amazing Colassal Episode Guide/ and notes on the translation. Finally there is an about the typeface, which simply says "This book uses a particular typeface." That is the most complicated set of various introductions I have ever seen in a book, and made me love the book right away.

This book also has nice little extras in addition to the episode synopses. There's a foreward about each season, TV's Frank's Pix, tributes, MST3k Monster! and so much more. This only has guides of episodes up to season six, of course. There are complete guides in the style of this book to seasons seven through ten on Satellite News, the official MST3k info club website.

The ACEG is definitely something every MSTie needs to own! I hope they come out with the platinum edition someday, with it's hand-woven leather jacket and individually autographed plates of the characters! ha ha

3-0 out of 5 stars Could I Have Some More?
It may be a bit unfair to criticize this book for failing to include episodes from the period after it was originally published, but on the other hand fans of the show today would like to have a complete guide, and there is no obvious reason why a revised edition couldn't be produced.This book covers the first six seasons of the show fairly well, although it would have been nice to have more behind the scenes information.Sometimes they tell you why a movie was picked, but usually they don't provide any reason at all.It also contains a brief section on Season 7, and another on the MST3K The Movie.

They also could have provided more fun information, such as lists of movies they wished they had done; which movies they did do that they thought were the worst; which movies they rejected; etc...You will find occasional mentions of these things in the write-ups for a particular movie, but they could have provided sections for the information, and make it organized and more complete.All in all, this is a good book, but it leaves the reader wanting more. ... Read more

Isbn: 0553377833
Subjects:  1. Mystery science theater 3000    2. Performing Arts/Dance    3. Pop Arts / Pop Culture    4. Science Fiction - General    5. Television - Guides & Reviews    6. Television Plays And Programs    7. Fiction / Science Fiction / General   


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Sherman's Lagoon : Ate That, What's Next?
by Jim Toomey
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 September, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and deeper at second read...
Just love the drawings and the hilarious characters... Amazing idea to reverse the roles about fishing...
I do think if you are a fan of Calvin&Hobbes will enjoy those comics (similar surrealistic approach...).
Get and enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sherman
Read it!Jim Toomey rules!Funniest shark in print...and the crab ain't bad either.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun for every hairless beach ape!
This is the first Sherman's Lagoon collection and is it a hoot! There areseveral good storylines in here, including the introduction of thesun-loving polar bear Thornton, Fillmore's trip to Ascension Island formating season, the ongoing tumultuous relationship between Sherman andMegan, the crabiness of everyone's favorite crab Hawthorne and a visit fromSherman's brother Herman. One of the nice things about this collection isthat you don't have to be a fan to enjoy this book. It is an excellentintroduction to the often hilarious world that Jim Toomey has created andis a testament to his skill as a writer and artist. I love this book, itmakes me laugh alot and I am proud to own it. I'm sure you would be too! ... Read more

Isbn: 0836236602
Sales Rank: 112452
Subjects:  1. General    2. Humor    3. Humor / General   


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Red Green's Duct Tape Is Not Enough
by Steve Smith, Bryce Hallett
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Red Green At His Best
This book is hilarious once I sarted reading it I couldnt stop. I eventually hurt myself from laughing so much. This book covers every funny thing associated with middle age life complete with funny illustarions. This book is for anyone and everyone!

3-0 out of 5 stars Not Red's Best Work
As the #1 fan of The Red Green show, having watched since the first season, recorded every episode, watched each at least 200 times, own all the DVD's and VHS tape specials, etc... it's hard to say this is not a good book, but it's just not.The humor here is not 'Red Green' it's Steve Smith... it's not geared toward the average middle-aged man, it's geared toward yuppies who would call this 'levity'...So, do yourself a favor, read the sample pages available on this page before you buy the book... it doesn't get any better.I think part of the charm of Steve Smith is his facial expressions... so, written word is out of his element.But maybe I'm just making excuses for him... the fact remains, this book is not in the least bit funny or insiteful.Red Green is funny, Steve Smith is 'witty', but just barely, at that.Steve, stick to what made you famous instead of selling out to the yuppy, office, New York Times crowd.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun read, explains the middle ager
There are people like me out there, people who are not old. We get a bad rap, which is fine, but then again, we're not old, so we don't really care. However, in this book everyone can get and enjoy a dose of worldly wisdom from Steve Smith, the head honcho from the Public Television show "The Red Green Show."

I admit, I almost didn't give this book five stars. At times the jokes are stale, and the various essays can sometimes be short. However, the total entertainment value is maintained. And really, aren't old people supposed to have stale jokes? ;-)

Sarcasm aside, Steve Smith has a sharp mind and makes great points about getting older. And in a way it helps show us young people that getting old is not something we can dodge, but that it can be done with optimism. Get it, read it, share it. ... Read more

Isbn: 1578261090
Sales Rank: 285166
Subjects:  1. Aging    2. Canadian wit and humor    3. Form - Essays    4. General    5. Humor    6. Middle age    7. English    8. Humour collections & anthologies    9. Works by individual poets: from c 1900 -   


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Aliens and Alien Societies (Science Fiction Writing Series)
by Stanley Schmidt
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 January, 1996)
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Whether you're a writer or a reader of science fiction, this how-to guide provides thought-provoking analyses of the ways in which aliens and alien societies can be portrayed convincingly. It's almost as fascinating as the many classic SF texts it analyses. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Light on useful information
I wanted this book in order to help me design alien races that would appear scientifically credible in a science-fiction universe. After having read its 220 pages what can I say? All the useful info could take a mere dozen pages.

There is lot of advice that could really be summarized like this: 1) be logical and think about the environment before inventing your race's characteristics; 2) read all you can about ethology; 3) Humans are obviously a scientifically credible race, thus in creating humanoid races you cannot be wrong. Ah great! I am glad to have read a whole book to learn just that. Then, here and there are a few tid bits of info really interesting, but in the end most of the text teach you very little on this subject.

Overall, I found this book disappointing.

4-0 out of 5 stars What is Alien?
I don't feel this is the strongest book in the Science Fiction Writing Series, but it is still a good resource. The book isn't a step-by-step "How to Create Aliens" guide, so you might be disappointed if you buy it for that reason. It is more a book to help you "rethink" what you consider alien and opens you up to ideas about what makes a being/society alien to us as humans.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great book for fans and would be authors.
The book is not just about aliens and alien societies. It also deals with making proper stars and planets and what alien science might be like. Could of used more details on the subject of planet building, but there are other works that get into the nuts-and-bolts of that subject. This book touches lightly on alien culture, view points and history, not just the science of building an alien creature.Also, some of it might be outdated with our increasing knowledge of other planets and solar systems.It looks more and more like our idea of planet forming and how systems form might be slightly incorrect (if not out right wrong).That is why I held back a star. ... Read more

Isbn: 0898797063
Subjects:  1. Authorship    2. Composition & Creative Writing - Genre Fiction    3. Language Arts / Linguistics / Literacy    4. Reference    5. Science Fiction And Fantasy    6. Science fiction    7. Writing Skills   


Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials : Great Aliens from Science Fiction Literature
by Wayne Douglas Barlowe, Ian Summers, Beth Meacham
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (11 January, 1987)
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5-0 out of 5 stars High five
I love, love, love this book.I got this book about 10 years ago, and it brought my imagination to life, and what an imagination. When there is something stressful going on in my life I pull out this book and just drift into another world.

The descriptions are so vivid, the pictures just come to life.I just wish there were pictures of Arthur C Clark's novels.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just what the title says...
A book on great alien races from science fiction.Classic fiction to boot.Most of us know about the Overlords from 'Childhood's End', the Puppeteers from 'Ringworld', the Guild Steersman from 'Dune' and even the Old Ones from 'At the Mountains of Madness'.But do you remember the Thrint from 'World of Ptavvs', the Cinruss from 'Hospital Station', or the Cygnan from 'The Jupiter Theft'?
A great source of information on alien races with full color pictures, lots of data on history, culture and habitat BUT also a great source for finding classic stories you never heard of!
Do you know the Pnume, Salaman, Triped or Merseian?Well, get this book and found out who they are!

3-0 out of 5 stars Very good, but seems to contain some errors
I do want to say starting off that (1) I got this because, being a Sci-Fi fan into artsy books, this was a hole in my collection; (2) I have been a fan of Barlowe's art since I found a used-but-impeccable copy of EXPEDITION a few years back; and (3) overall, this book did not dissapoint.
The book seems (at least on the surface) to be a well-researched compendium of aliens renedered in paint fit to augment the fertile imaginations of readers everywhere.The aliens are mainly from books and short stories that I'm not familiar with (not surprising since this was published originally when I was aproximately 5 years old), but there is enough info about them included to make it not just pictures of things I don't know what they are.
I personally felt that the best part was the sketchbook drawings in the back.I would adore to see the Thype project finally completed.And I think that some of the sketches of the aliens are superior to the finished paintings, an opinion that I realize many readers may not share.
But my big beef with the book is based on the Guild Steersman.If you read the Dune books with any care you can figure out that steersmen are mutated humans.They are not at all in this book like they are portrayed in the novels and some of the facts here are quite wrong.That the steersmen are not aliens of an unknown planet but humans who are mutated by spice overexposure is used as a plot point in one of the Dune prequels and the fact is presumably taken either from Herbert's notes or the inferences from the original novels.
Now this in itself would not usually lead me to give a book a mediocre review.It does worry me, however, that one of the other races in this book was in a story I was reading at the time (I think it was one of the Poul Anderson stories, neither book is close at hand as I write this) seemed to have a few minor oddnesses with it as well.It makes me wonder if some of the other aliens don't have the same kind of factual problems between what is in this volume and what they're like in the original story in a way that's not simply a difference of imagination.
Bottom line: get it for the art and the glosses of the alien races, but don't be that surprised if the description or portrait of your favorite alien doesn't quite match what you've seen in your head all these years. ... Read more

Isbn: 0894803247
Sales Rank: 66501
Subjects:  1. 20th century    2. Art    3. Art & Art Instruction    4. Barlowe, Wayne Douglas    5. Graphic Arts - General    6. Illustration Of Books    7. Illustrations    8. Individual Artist    9. Life on other planets    10. Science Fiction And Fantasy    11. Science fiction    12. United States    13. Art / Individual Artist   


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Rockets, Redheads & Revolution
by James P. Hogan
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 April, 1999)
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4-0 out of 5 stars This book may actually change the way you think.
Most of us are slow to change our opinions about "big issues."That is a normal human trait.This book may actually cause you to do that about various issues, including the problem of AIDS, the issue about CFCs and the "Ozone Hole" and certain other trendy issues of the day.

This book is a reprint of various science articles Hogan has written, a couple of science fiction short stories, and a few personal anecdotes.If you are a Hogan fan, you'll like most of this book.If you are not a Hogan fan, you very likely will STILL like the science articles.They are dazzling, well-written, and understandable to the layman.

The most important part of the book is Hogan's analysis of the AIDS controversy.He points out numerous facts that the ordinary news media has refused to tell us.For example, no one has ever proved that the HIV virus causes AIDS.When you culture the HIV virus and try to infect a chimp or other animal, there is not a single case of the animal contracting AIDS.Nor are there any documented cases of a human being contracting AIDS by being infected with the HIV virus, unless such person was either a drug user, a hemophiliac, or a member of a similar risk group.This defies "Koch's Theorem," a basic premise of biology, which says that being able to predictably cause a disease (i.e. AIDS) by infecting a host with a virus (i.e. HIV) is a basic requirement for concluding that the virus causes the disease.If the "HIV causes AIDS" theory fails this test, then why do we believe that HIV does in fact cause AIDS?Hogan suggests some answers, and it's not pretty, but it's pretty darned thought-provoking.I am no scientist myself, but I will admit that Hogan managed to force me to "think outside the box" of conventional wisdom on this one.

Similarly, Hogan's article "Fact-Free Science" questions whether CFCs have caused the "Ozone Hole" or, in fact, whether the "Ozone Hole" even actually exists as a man-made (or a dangerous) phenomena.If you are an environmental activist who believes this, at the very least Hogan's book will give your belief structure a good workout.It will make ordinary people question.

Hogan consistently tries to think outside of the box.This is a recurrent theme in most of his writing.Sometimes he succeeds, sometimes, in my opinion, he fails. (The "Justice System" in "Voyage to Yesteryear," another one of his novels, was idiotic, and its economic system was asinine.)But at least he is thinking, and trying to make YOU think.That's more than most writers ever do.

This is a book well worth reading and owning.I have bought copies for friends, who are sometimes angered and sometimes stunned, by the facts Hogan brings to light.I would say that he made them think as well.

Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Once again hogan blew me away
As Hogan is my favorite author, it's no surprise that Rockets, Redheads and Revolution was a pure delight. Even though it makes one think long and hard about one's opinions. It opens one's eyes on a variety of subjects;the Soviet Union and the Space Race, AIDS, the ozone layer, the theory ofevolution and offers some thoughtful, but delightful "stories",as well. What can we do about bad, evil people? Read and see what you thinkof Hogan's "solution." If you think you know all, read and thinkagain! Is it politics, or the media, or are we just not paying attention?If you want to challenge yourself, don't miss this one. And if you likethis one, don't miss Minds, Machines and Evolution, a previous work in thesame vein.

5-0 out of 5 stars You've GOT to read this book!
This book will challenge your assumptions.No, change that -- It will shake your belief system to its very core.This is not a book for the faint-hearted, or the mush-headed, because this book will actually expectyou to THINK.

And oh, by the way, Hogan will entertain you with somedelightful stories for your efforts.

Some will dismiss this book becausethey wrongly interpret one of Hogan's essays as pro-creationism, but itisn't.It is much more radical -in the good sense of meaning "gettingto the root"- because it dares to ask science to look at the evidenceand come up with a better explanation than the standard evolution theory. But he is not a creationist.He understands how science is supposed towork; he does not accept the supernatural or the irrational as a means toexplain how the world works. The same is true for his essays on "ozonedepletion" and on AIDS.He asks questions that others have beensuppressed from asking.He takes some controversial points of view --which some people don't even realize exist.He asks us to open our eyes,and look at the facts.I wonder how many of us will have the courage tolook.As Hogan draws the analogy, how many of us will be like the bishopswho refused to look through Galileo's telescope, and will deny theexistence of those things that don't fit with our parochial view of theuniverse.

It's not all science and politics, though.There's plenty ofhumor and warmth.His story "Madame Butterfly" is a wonderfulexposition of the effect of "random acts of kindness".The talesof his struggles to restore a house in Ireland are bitter-sweet, like acool pint of Guinness.

So pull up a barstool.Take a sip.It'llsharpen your wits. ... Read more

Isbn: 0671578073
Sales Rank: 560873
Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Literature - Classics / Criticism    3. Science Fiction    4. Science Fiction & Fantasy    5. Science Fiction - General    6. Science Fiction - High Tech    7. Short Stories (single author)    8. Fiction / Science Fiction / General   


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Minds Machines & Evolution
by James P. Hogan
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 December, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars An absolute MUST read
12 stories covering the gamut from time travel and machine life to religious wisdom and political conspiracy, 5 nonfiction pieces ranging from evolution to nuclear power, 7 biographical anecdotes, and a one-act play!

5-0 out of 5 stars Required Reading
Another collection of masterpieces. Known Nukes should be translated into all languages, understood and globally debated. ... Read more

Isbn: 067157843X
Sales Rank: 172524
Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - Science Fiction    3. Science Fiction    4. Science Fiction - Adventure    5. Science Fiction - High Tech    6. Science Fiction - Short Stories    7. Fiction / Science Fiction / General   


Glory Lane
by Alan Dean Foster
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 March, 1991)
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3-0 out of 5 stars I liked the book, with the single glaring exception of...
...all three human characters. They do not grow. They remain petty, impudent little pests and I found myself wondering why the other races tolerated the human species if this was all the better that they were going to meet!

Seriously, the actual sci-fi was top-notch. There were a multitude of worlds and species that were well-done. But, it was marred by the inclusion of a punk rocker, a geek and a ditzy blond who continued to bicker, and sometimes actually fistfight with one another, no matter the situation. I wish he'd haven given that aspect of the story a rest.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun sci-fi
This book is a wild ride!Great characters and a story that gets bigger and more intriguing with every page.It is one of a handful of books I've read more than once.Don't let the cartoonish coverscare you away... though it is quite silly, it is actually very thought-provoking and will open your eyes to the lighter side of contemplating the universe and our place within it... something we all really need a bit of.Great for kids or adults.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun, Entertaining, Joyful read
I can't say enough good things about this book.I first read it as a teenager, and fell in love with it.I have read it again and again.It's about a mis-matched group of 3 high school kids who have to save the universe (and each other). I like it because it's fun and fast paced. It is an easy and pleasant read.I have read alot of ADF's books, and Glory Lane will always stand out as my favorite.BUY THIS BOOK, YOU WON'T REGRET IT. ... Read more

Isbn: 0441516645
Sales Rank: 639930
Subjects:  1. Fantasy - General    2. Fiction    3. Fiction - Fantasy    4. Science Fiction    5. Science Fiction - General   


Hoka Hoka Hoka
by Gordon Dickson, Poul Anderson
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 October, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A must-buy
Orbiting the G2 star, Brackney's Star III, is the earthlike planet Toka. And, inhabiting the world of Toka are the Hoka, a small, teddy bear-looking race, who are surprisingly strong for their size. Unfortunately for their longsuffering human plenipotentiary, Alexander Jones, the Hoka are the most imaginative race in the galaxy, and as soon as they discover a new book of fiction, they adopt the roles and live the story...invariably with comedic results!

This book is a collection of short stories about the Hoka and the unfortunate Alexander Jones. Each story is literally laugh-out-loud funny, the authors having found a perfect medium for their talents! This book is a sequel to the hilarious book Hoka!, and like it is a must-buy.

In case you are curious, there are eight stories in this book. #1) The Sheriff of Canyon Gulch tells the story of Alexander Jones arrival on Toka, and his rescue of the cowboy Hokas from the dreaded greenskins. #2) In Don Jones, Jones's visit to Earth with a delegation of Hokas takes a nearly disastrous spin, when they are introduced to Mozart's opera, Don Giovanni! #3) In Hoka Signo Vinces, finds the Hokas in a new craze - space opera, and when they get word that a neighboring system is building a space-dreadnought, it's (the unwilling) Alexander Jones and Space Patrol to the rescue! #4) The Adventure of the Misplaced Hound is side-splittingly funny, telling the story of Alexander Jones and the Hoka Sherlock Holmes on the trail of a space dope smuggler...or the Hound of the Baskervilles (it's hard to tell which). #5) Yo Ho Hoka finds Jones trying to head off a planned attack on Bermuda by pirates, only to find himself press ganged into the British Navy! #6) When Jones's wife crash-lands on a nearby alien world, Jones needs some help to go rescue her, but who can he take? Why, the French Foreign Legion, of course! #7) Joy in Mudville tells the story of the Hoka baseball team (the Teddies), and their quest for the Sector Pennant. (No one can stand before the Mighty Casey, right?) #8) Undiplomatic Immunity finds Alexander Jones and a delegation of Hokas on Earth to request that Toka's status be upgraded. Unfortunately for Jones his Hokas have discovered the spy novel!

[Don't forget, if you like this book (and you will), get Hoka!, also by Poul Anderson and Gordon Dickson.]

5-0 out of 5 stars I died laughing
One of the funniest book I ever read. I (almost) died laughing - but decided to write a review first. So if you are a veeery serious person who doesn't want to be caught smiling - avoid this book. All others: enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Teddy Bears Rule!
Hoka are a alien race, who look very much like Teddy Bears.Their only problem is they become the characters in the books they read.Cowboys, pirates, space rangers, spies and more, they truly believe in what they become and it drives humans nutty!Yet, in the end, the Hoka always get out of the trouble they have started and sometimes even win something out of it.

Loved the cover.Lets hope the Hoka NEVER read the Man-Kzin Wars series.Look for HOKAS POKAS! - the second book is also short stories. ... Read more

Isbn: 0671577743
Sales Rank: 570222
Subjects:  1. Anderson, Poul - Prose & Criticism    2. Dickson, Gordon R. - Prose & Criticism    3. Fiction    4. Fiction - Science Fiction    5. Science Fiction    6. Science Fiction - Adventure    7. Science Fiction - General    8. Science Fiction - Space Opera    9. Fiction / Science Fiction / General   


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Hokas Pokas!
by Poul Anderson, Gordon R. Dickson
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 February, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
Orbiting the G2 star, Brackney's Star III, is the earthlike planet Toka. And, inhabiting the world of Toka are the Hoka, a small, teddy bear-looking race, who are surprisingly strong for their size. Unfortunately their longsuffering human plenipotentiary, Alexander Jones, the Hoka are the most imaginative race in the galaxy, as soon as they discover a new book of fiction, they adopt the roles and live the story...invariably with comedic results!

This book is a collection of three Hoka novellas. The first story is "Full Pack (Hokas Wild)", which was first presented in the book Hoka!, and describes what happens when the Hokas discover the Jungle Books, and meet up with a group of aliens that look like a tiger, a gorilla and a snake (or should I say Shere Khan, the Banderlog, and Kaa?). In the second story, The Napoleon of Crime, also from Hoka!, Hokas across the planet are suddenly introduced to military history with potentially disastrous consequences; can Jones save the day yet again?

The third story, Star Prince Charlie, which is longer that the other two combined, takes the action off planet. When young Charles Stuart and his Hoka tutor visit the planet New Lemuria, he finds it a world on the edge, waiting only the prince of prophecy who will overthrow the hated tyrannical king. And then, Charlie's Hoka notices how close everything is to the story of Scotland's Bonnie Prince Charlie. Once this ride begins, all Charlie can do is hang on to his hat...and his head!

Each of these stories is literally laugh out loud funny, with lots of action thrown in. Most story collection out there are a mix good and not-so-good stories, but that is not the case with this book, all three are hilarious! This is a great book, one that I highly recommend to everyone! (If you like this book, and you will, check out the books Hoka! and Hoka Hoka Hoka.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Readers may experience death by laughter.
The hokas are back! The fiction-loving teddy bears are out again on their pursuitof evil and adventure as they learned it from the earthlings media. And they are dangerous: readers may experience death by laughter... .

5-0 out of 5 stars They're back...
That's right, the Hokas are back.This is the second book with the teddy bears running awok.Watch them act out both childern's books and history, come right to the edge of doom and than pull back with little or no help from humans. Funny AND a delight to read. ... Read more

Isbn: 0671578588
Sales Rank: 544799
Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - Science Fiction    3. Science Fiction    4. Science Fiction - Adventure    5. Science Fiction - General    6. Science Fiction - Space Opera    7. Fiction / Science Fiction / General   


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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (27 September, 1995)
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Join Douglas Adams's hapless hero Arthur Dent as he travels the galaxywith his intrepid pal Ford Prefect, getting into horrible messes and generally wreaking hilarious havoc. Dent is grabbed from Earth moments before a cosmic construction team obliterates the planet to build a freeway. You'll never read funnier science fiction; Adams is a master of intelligent satire, barbed wit, and comedic dialogue. The Hitchhiker's Guide is rich in comedic detail and thought-provoking situations and stands up to multiple reads. Required reading for science fiction fans, this book (and its follow-ups) is also sure to please fans of Monty Python, Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, and British sitcoms. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Didn't keep me interested
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams was one very strange book. If you're into science fiction humor than this is a good book for you. I will give the author credit for good characterization. He goes into good detail about the different appearances and traits of each of the characters which brings the book alive. Both the setting and the plot were a little confusing however. The setting was constantly changing and the topic of conversation quickly changed from one thing to the next in a random way. This made reading the book a little tedious and frustrating to follow. All in all, it was not worth the time for me to read and understand this book, because it didn't catch enough of my interest.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is a hitchhiker that you actually want to pick up
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is a great book for all ages. Arthur Dent is about to get his house knocked down, which he is very mad about. Then his friend, Ford Perfect who is from a different planet, tells Arthur that the Earth is going to be destroyed, to make way for a space highway. Ford Perfect is a researcher for the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and he wants to update the book to be more up-to-date. Arthur and Ford hitch a ride with the Vogons, rights before the world explodes, and are almost immediately thrown out. They hitch another ride, with the president of the galaxy, who stole the fastest space ship ever made, coincidentally, Arthur finds his friend Trillian aboard too, he had met her one day at a party. After that they go on many journeys and mishaps, which make the book incredibly funny. Every character in this book is great, and adds humor to every page, Arthur who is a regular human, Ford Perfect his friend, and Zaphod Beeblebrox. Zaphod Beeblebrox is one of the most interesting characters because he ahs 2 heads, and 3 arms. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a book full of humor, and also a reader who enjoys reading science fiction books.

4-0 out of 5 stars Stick out your thumb and hop aboard
I am very late to the Hitchhiker series of books having just read this one a week or so ago. In fact, I saw the movie before reading this book. That being said, I can see what my friends have been recommending all these years. This is a very funny novel, very inventive and will stretch your imagination.One caveat would be if you know you don't like the British sense of humor, this book probably won't work for you.

Though it made me laugh a lot and shake my head at its ingeniousness, it gets 4 stars because of some basic problems in that there is virtually no character development and the plot is razor thin. But it's a short book and easy to read and very funny. ... Read more

Isbn: 0345391802
Subjects:  1. Fiction - Science Fiction    2. Science Fiction    3. Science Fiction - Adventure    4. Science Fiction - Series    5. Fiction / Science Fiction / General   


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Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody (Nonpareil Book)
by Will Cuppy
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 March, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars the funniest history book ever written
I must have read this book twenty times at least, and I never get tired of it.Every time it seems just as funny, as Will Cuppy tells us about the lives of historical characters, from Cheops ( or khufu) through to Catherine the Great, taking in such diverse characters as Cleopatra, Attila the hun, Lady Godiva, henry the eight, John Smith, and miles Standish. His wonderful dry comments are hilarious, as on Charlemagne who was born in the dark ages when people were not very bright.They have been getting brighter and brighter ever since, until finally the are like they are now'Or on the American revolution , started because the colonists had to pay takes to which their consent had not been asked ' today we pay taxesbut our consent has been asked, and we have told the government to go ahead and tax us all they want to.We like it'This is a sublime book, the one I'd take with me to a desert island if i had to choose only one.

5-0 out of 5 stars man, will cuppy...
is amazing.

please do yourselves a favor and run out and read this book. right now. I'm serious. it's for your own good.

and when you've finished it and love it as much as I do, you can send me flowers and thank you cards, because I did you the great favor of recommending that you read it.

you better be buying it already. right now.

stop reading this and hurry up.

you're welcome.

d <3

1-0 out of 5 stars Will Cuppy is to history what Mad Magazine is to literature
By page two I felt cheated.It is poorly written, in a smirking quasi-intellectual style that is neither funny nor educational.

This is an awful book.Don't buy it unless you have an off balance table and you need something just this size to slip under the table leg. ... Read more

Isbn: 0879235144
Sales Rank: 306885
Subjects:  1. American Satire And Humor    2. Anecdotes, facetiae, satire, e    3. Anecdotes, facetiae, satire, etc    4. Form - Parodies    5. History    6. History - General History    7. History: American    8. Humor    9. Reference    10. World history   


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Northworld Trilogy
by David Drake
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 March, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars David Drake does the Norse Myths
I've read just about everything that Mr. Drake has written,
at least twice, and I think this may possibly be his best work.

It's definitely not normal SF, like "Killer" nor alternate-
history SF, like "Ranks of Bronze", nor yet sword-and-sorcery
fantasy like "the Lord of the Isles" books.

It's mythology.He wrote it after spending time in Iceland
reading the Prose Edda, and he accomplished exceptionally
well exactly what he wanted to do.He translated the Norse
Myths into what we call "Science" Fiction, so that people
who are able to enjoy SF can experience those myths the way
the original creators of those stories *meant* them to be
experienced.

This is a level of translation that's an awful lot more
valuable, and a lot harder, than casting it into modern
English.But with Drake's classical and historical training,
this is the story he was born to write.(Well, this and
"Ranks of Bronze.")

These stories contain the best Odin, and best Thor, the
best Loki -- and all the rest of the crowd -- that have
been written in seven hundred years.Once long ago I
enjoyed comic books with the blond guy with the big hammer
who talked funny.Drake has given me a Thor that I can
understand, enjoy, and re-read three times -- as an adult.
They don't have form-fitting green costumes.They do have
armor, and guns, and attitudes.These are the real ones.

Some people aren't going to get it.OK.But if you happen
to be a person who *can* get it -- YOU NEED THESE BOOKS.
If I lost mine, I would go without food for three days to
get them back.


I'm writing this because I didn't pay enough for these books
compared to what I got out of them.And because, in a few
hours, I'm going to finish my current re-reading, which means
I won't be able to go back to Northworld for several years.
If you haven't read them yet, and if you're a person to whom
these myths will speak, you're lucky.

Try to get an edition that will last a very long time.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites. One I had to own and re-read.
This review is for the whole trilogy and not just the first book.

David Drake's best stories create characters and environments(such as soldiers in a theater of combat) which seem straightforward but are actually quite alien to those of us who live in modern, civilian settings.

Northworld transports a character from a futuristic civilization into a barbaric, violent world, where life is short and (for the majority) unpleasent.

A lot of authors spend page after page describing rustic sunsets and muddy roads and leave me feeling like they're imagining everything happening in a 'holodeck' with low-tech scenery but modern behavior and motives.

David Drake tells this story through his characters' actions rather then through extensive description or tortured internal monologues, and Northworld takes us with the main character to an alien world based loosely on Drake's intepretation of Norse Eddas.

I love it, and keep my copy around for re-reading, but it is a story that I have to be in the mood for due to its grim environment.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Guilty Pleasure
Northworld was a fun read. The characters were simple, direct, and easy to understand.Drake's short discussions of how he lifted the plotlines from Norse mythology added a lot of interest. ... Read more

Isbn: 0671577875
Sales Rank: 232701
Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - Science Fiction    3. Science Fiction    4. Science Fiction - General    5. Science Fiction - High Tech    6. Science Fiction - Space Opera    7. War & Military    8. Fiction / Science Fiction / General   


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Icerigger : (#1)
by ALAN DEAN FOSTER
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (12 October, 1985)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Icerigger is a swashbuckling tale full of heroes and battles
This is a kinda obscure out-of-print (but easy to find) novel from 1974. Another Listmania selection (as most of my recent choices are), and as usual, very enjoyable. Icerigger is a swashbuckling tale full of heroes and battles, where 6 people crash land into a medieval civilization just in time for them to fight a war (of sorts). This is purely a story, there is no deeper meaning and nothing to think much about, but a very solid story indeed, what! The first in a trilogy.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
Icerigger is a fantastic book that would probably make a good movie.On a frozen planet with skating tigers, giant slugs, and little human influence, we get a good story about humans being stranded with a medieval-type race.

The book is action packed through out, you like the main characters, and the plot is simple, making for a nice easy read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Earthy, Adventurous, Icey......................
This sci-fi novel would probably best be described as... earthy.It's written by ALAN DEAN Foster, and it's sometimes confusing, but written in a familiar, everyday-type style.

The book begins with a silly bar game, but moves on to the life of the main narrator, a 'nobody' salesman, Ethan F. Fortune.He is assigned to a city named Brass Monkey on the frozen world of Tran-ky-ky (a native name) to vend modern heaters (the inhabitants are maybe 800 years behind us).But instead he bumbles into a kidnapping along with a 'nobody' teacher.The kidnappers force the unfortunate victims into the lifeboat, but the bar guy had been tossed on board earlier in a drunken sleep.Plus they fail to leave before the kidnappers' bomb detonates and careen to the human-less outbacks of Tran-ky-ky.Now the party of 6 (Ethan, the drunkard - Skua September - , the schoolteacher, a wealthy industrialist, his overweight and sarcastic daughter, and the weak kidnapper - Skua kills the powerful one) must cope with the fascinating but hazardous planet.

Here are some things you'll read about:

--a *valuable* volcano

--a scholarly but dangerous monastery

--a feudal island, an old baron and his coquettish daughter

--a titanic, vacuum-cleaner ice slug

--hairy dragons, nocturnal carnivores, and alien ice plants

--a clipper-ship sled!

--violent sections involving marauding barbarians (the bulk of the story)

The whole thing is served up with clear, understandable writing that's so lifelike it sometimes gets raunchy.This isn't a book you would read more than one chapter at a time of, but the adventure story really does grip you.The science-fiction bits are great, too: the native "tran" (see "Barlowe's Guide to the Extra-Terrestrials") really are believable.So if you want to sit back and read about knights and castles on an ice world, well..... you'll love this novel! ... Read more

Isbn: 0345333950
Sales Rank: 644586
Subjects:  1. Fiction - Science Fiction    2. Science Fiction    3. Science Fiction - General    4. Fiction / Science Fiction / General   


Gateway (Heechee Saga)
by Frederik Pohl
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (12 February, 1987)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Say hello to mr. Freud.

This is a peculiar novel. For 300 pages you think you're reading a SF novel and it's only in the last 13 pages that you become aware of the fact that all along it was mainly about psychology. The SF elements are only the background for this novel.
The two main characters are Bob, his full name is Robinette Broadhead, and Sigfrid, a psychotherapist.

Bob, a poor devil who wins the lottery, is finally able to leave the Earth ( or at least what is left of the habitable part of it ) for an asteroid named Gateway. Gateway has a complex of tunnels dug by the Heechee, an alien civilization that vanished half a million years ago. A part of their spacecrafts - still intact - are left behind on Gateway. They still can be used by humans for exploration of the universe. You don't need a special trainingbecause the ships are almost entirely automatic. You can earn a lot of money when you make a new discovery - an unknown star or a new planet in an other solar system, or when you find signs of alien intelligent life and things like that. You have to come back alive of course and that's the tricky part.

The second character is Sigfrid, a robot-psychologist. What can you say about a robot ? I guess Sigfrid is like any other psychologist ( OK, bad joke, forget it ).

Now what's the problem with Bob ? In his last discovery voyage something nasty happens. He's the only one of his crew who gets away. The others are still alive and well but something very odd happened to them. Bob is feeling very guilty about it,hence his weekly visits to Sigfrid.
The last 13 pages are very emotional.

5-0 out of 5 stars First or second on my list of Great SciFi Experiences
Read this years ago, haven't forgotten a word. Astounded that nobody's made a movie of it -- can't think of a more cinematic novel. Because of its odd structure and unexpected humor, some might think it just plain strange -- but rarely has the intensity ratcheted up, for me, as highly as in this one book.

Only caveat is this, and let me be absolutely clear:

Do. Not. Read. The. Sequels.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't judge this book by its cover!
Along with Enders Game by Orson Scott Card, this has the crappiest story to cover ratio ever(this is a horrible cover that has nothing at all to do with the book). I have a terrible habit of letting the cover of a book influence me. Thankfully my better judgment prevailed. I read this book in two days and had to drag myself away from it the first night (at 2am, I had to get up at 6am).

The chapters are set up so that one takes place in the present and two is a sort of flash back and so on. This makes it compulsively hard to put down. To me that is one of the most important qualities in a book and this one does it perfectly.

In the future an asteroid is discovered containing hundreds of automated space ships that are capable of faster than the speed of light travel (the problem is that you don't really know where the ship is going, if anywhere). The beings who built the ships are long gone and have left no trace as to what happened to them or where they went to. So humans take it upon themselves to inhabit the asteroid and send "Prospectors" out in the ships to search the stars.A lot of them don't come back.

The book is essentially an interview between one of the most famous and wealthy (prospectors get a percentage of the profits on any thing they find) Prospectors, Robinette, and his computerized therapist. As you get deeper into the book the tension mounts and spirals towards an incident too painful for Robinette to speak of, terminating in one of the most satisfying endings of any book I've ever read.
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Isbn: 0345346904
Sales Rank: 66057
Subjects:  1. Fiction - Science Fiction    2. Science Fiction - General    3. Science fiction    4. Fiction / Science Fiction / General   


The Languid Goat Is Always Thin:The World's Strangest Proverbs
by Stephen Arnott
Paperback (02 September, 2002)
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Isbn: 0740727354
Sales Rank: 637667
Subjects:  1. Form - Jokes & Riddles    2. General    3. Humor    4. Humor / General   


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The Universe...and Beyond
by Terence Dickinson
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 November, 1992)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Pictures, Average Text
The photos in this book are beautiful, large, clear, sharp, and on nice paper in a large book. This book is worth getting if you want an overview of the cosmos, from the solar system out to remote galaxies, and you have no other book on the subject. However, if you already have a book that covers this subject matter (such as a introductory astronomy textbook), don't get this unless you see it and are hooked on the beautiful photographs. Not a masterpiece like Dickinson's "Nightwatch" or "The Backyard Astronomer's Guide", but a good effort to cover a broad subject. After I got the book, I gave it to my sister, who has no other astronomy books except H.A. Rey's "The Stars". She likes it. But I bet it's halfway due to the stunning photos! (Also, the illustrations in this book and almost all of Dickinson's books are top-rate, both beautiful and educational --pretty much among the best I've seen).

4-0 out of 5 stars Great book overall!
Well laid-out book with awesome pics and logical flow. Definitely a professional work. It does not get very deep in explanations but there is enough material for a novice to get started. Overall: VERY GOOD!

5-0 out of 5 stars A good general text for the beginning astronomer
A friend and I are taking an intro to astonomy course and this is one of the recommended texts.I can certainly see why.It's a very clearly written work with a heavy emphasis on planetary and solar astronomy and a lucid discussion of stellar objects visible with personal telescopes, subjects that the noviate astronomer is most likely to find of interest.The author also dedicates two chapters to the subject of theoretical astrophysics at the very basic level of cosmology, ie) the theory of the origin, the possible ultimate destiny of the universe, and the liklihood of the existance of coevil universes parallel to our own. Dickinson also throws his lot in with those who would believe in UFOs, to the extent that while he doesn't believe in the sightings people report--however well meaningly--he does believe that intelligent life is out there and may well already know of our existance.He gives a thorough and lucid outline of why he believes this to be the case.He also summarizes the SETI project and the ultimate change in position on this topic of high visibility astronomers like the late Carl Sagan, Iosif Shklovskii, and Ben Zuckerman.A very interesting book, and one that whets the appetite for further information. ... Read more

Isbn: 0921820534
Sales Rank: 2127551
Subjects:  1. Astronomy    2. Life on other planets    3. Nature / Field Guide Books    4. Popular works    5. Science/Mathematics    6. Star Observation   


Ancient Inventions
by PETER JAMES, NICK THORPE
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (31 October, 1995)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Maybe We Don't Have a Patent After All
Frequently I pause to marvel at something...something that we can do now that we couldn't do just ten years ago. Most often these things have something to do with computers or medicine.

_Ancient Inventions_ reminds me that a lot of things that we assume to be recent are really quite old. The ancient Egyptians used antibiotics contained in moldy bread to heal wounds. Maybe we moderns did not think of the idea first after all; maybe we don't have a patent.

And then there are some ideas that the ancients had that we moderns may have not thought of. We have bull fighting, but how about bull leaping? An ancient Greek picture shows a *female* athlete who has grabbed a bull by the horns, done a somersault over the bull's head onto its back, and then jumped off behind the bull. Move over bunji jumping.

_Ancient Inventions_ is a fascinating and easy to read book. Its twelve chapters cover just about every aspect of life from medicine to military technology to urban life (including plumbing) to communications. It is 620 just right pages for people who enjoy knowing about the discoveries and developments of times past.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun for the lay "historian"
Ever wonder where the stuff you think of as everything came from?James & Thorpe have used a good range of experts and a fair amount of book reading to help them create an entertaining look at where ideas, activities, and objects come from.In 12 categories ranging from medicine to sex to sports, they look at 102 subcategories.The general introduction to the book explains why they've tackled this topic and each chapter has its own introduction that explains the categories and the reasons for including each subcategory.I wouldn't go as far as to call it "academic" or "scholarly" but its nice to see someone popularizing the periods of human history I love in a way that I can support.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun book on the history of "things"
This was an entertaining volume on the history of some of the things we think of as "modern" inventions.Many of them were already known to me from other sources, where I came across them in preparing for my MA in history.Inventions like "Greek fire" the first flame thrower, the "Bagdad battery" a possible device for electroplating, and the early trepinning surgeries are some of those familiar to me.More surprising was the cataract surgery and plastic surgery to repair nose and ears practiced by the Romans and probably invented even earlier in India or Babylon.This is a great book for anyone who wonders "Who was the first to..." ... Read more

Isbn: 0345401026
Sales Rank: 113193
Subjects:  1. Curiosities & Wonders    2. General    3. History    4. History: World    5. Inventions    6. Reference    7. Technology    8. Reference / Curiosities & Wonders   


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Sympathy for the Devil
by Holly Lisle
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 December, 1995)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Serious subject, but one of the funniest and best Holly!
Just pick up the book and read the first page.If you're not laughing out loud enough to embarrass yourself, then this is not the book for you.

Doubting and disgusted, heroine Dayne challenges God to let the demons in Hell have a chance.Just like physics, for every action Hell's got an equal and opposite reaction.In this case, Satan sets demons loose in North Carolina to claim as many souls as they can including Dayne's.

The story examines good and evil, heaven and hell, but with a light brush."Sympathy" is both amusing and thought-provoking.IMHO, the best of Holly Lisle's work so far.

5-0 out of 5 stars Give hell a chance
Convinced her ex-husband is burning in hell, Dane asks God why he could allow such a thing and begs him to give the souls of the damned a second chance.God answers, and frees a number of souls into the world.They may do as they will, provided they do not harm anyone or coerce them into harming anyone.That, and they have to stay in North Carolina.

If you go to Holly's website, you'll find that she was under a lot of duress while writing this.The anger and angst she went through shows here and makes for a wonderful examination of religion in general.It starts off very bitter, but becomes something greater.In the end, she does not hate God, but it seems she comes to terms with him.

Sympathy for the Devil is funny, introspective, and even romantic.This is a hard book to find, but if you can get it I strongly recommend it.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Start of a Hellishly Funny Series
I recently read the Hell books by Holly Lisle (or at least the first three).The books are concerned with the presence of the hellraised on Earth and the interplay between Heaven and Hell.

In SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL a young woman who is convinced that her ex is in hell offers up a prayer to give everyone in Hell a second chance.The request is so pure that it must be answered.Since everyone in Hell already has a chance for redemption, Heaven sends residents from hell to North Carolina.These hellraised equal one percent of the population of the state.The woman is made a target for temptation while the rest of the state has to get used to its new residents.

Overall a pretty good story and an interesting handling of Heven and Hell and they way they interact with the mortal world.
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Isbn: 0671877038
Sales Rank: 356551
Subjects:  1. American Science Fiction And Fantasy    2. Fantasy    3. Fantasy - General    4. Fantasy fiction    5. Fiction    6. Fiction - Fantasy    7. General   


Eaters of the Dead (Previously The 13th Warrior)
by Michael Crichton
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (12 September, 1988)
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Michael Crichton takes the listener on a one-thousand-year-old journey in his adventure novel Eaters Of The Dead. This remarkable true story originated from actual journal entries of an Arab man who traveled with a group of Vikings throughout northern Europe. In 922 A.D, Ibn Fadlan, a devout Muslim, left his home in Baghdad on a mission to the King of Saqaliba. During his journey, he meets various groups of "barbarians" who have poor hygiene and gorge themselves on food, alcohol and sex. For Fadlan, his new traveling companions are a far stretch from society in the sophisticated "City of Peace." The conservative and slightly critical man describes the Vikings as "tall as palm trees with florid and ruddy complexions." Fadlan is astonished by their lustful aggression and their apathy towards death. He witnesses everything from group orgies to violent funeral ceremonies. Despite the language and cultural barriers, Ibn Fadlan is welcomed into the clan. The leader of the group, Buliwyf (who can communicate in Latin) takes Fadlan under his wing.

Without warning, the chieftain is ordered to haul his warriors back to Scandinavia to save his people from the "monsters of the mist." Ibn Fadlan follows the clan and must rise to the occasion in the battle of his life.--Gina Kaysen ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed it...
This is the first book by Michael Crichton that I have read, and I loved it.In the book, basically, an Arab man in about 925 AD was forced to become an ambassador to a foreign country, and shortly after arrival, is captured by Vikings. With the Vikings, he goes on a mission to save a village that is being plundered by a civilization of cantabiles. This was a really good book that I would recommend to all who enjoy action.
I would give it a 9/10.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rousing adventure with an intriguing premise.
Fascinating. According to the author's "factual note" at the end, the first three chapters of this book are indeed the manuscript of Ibn Fadlan, relating his experiences with the Northmen in A.D. 922. The tale that's spun from this beginning is fiction, but Crichton manages to mimic Fadlan's style so well that I found the transition seamless.

Who might the "wendol" of Northern legend have been, in truth? Crichton bases his story on one theoretical answer to that question. This richly detailed little book (compared to the lengths of his later works) took me along on Ibn Fadlan's adventure, and made me believe it real for as long as I stayed immersed. That's the best compliment I can give to any author.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced & exciting
An Arab ambassador finds himself shanghaied into service with a band of Viking warriors on a mission to confront the "monsters of the mist" that have been terrorizing the villages of northern Scandinavia in an adventure set 1,000 years in the past.Michael Crichton has produced an exciting pastiche of historical narrative combining documents written by an actual Arab traveler with his own imaginative speculations on the origins of the epic poem Beowulf.Disregard the reviewers who found this novel boring.There are not very many conversations, so I suppose they were put off by having to read so many paragraphs of five lines or more.This is a brutal, fast-moving story and a quick read. ... Read more

Isbn: 0345354613
Subjects:  1. Adaptations    2. Beowulf    3. Fiction    4. Fiction - Historical    5. General    6. Historical - General    7. Ibn Fadlan, Ahmad    8. Ibn Fa•dl†an, A•hmad,    9. Technological    10. fl. 922    11. Fiction / Technological   


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