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A Lion on Tharthee Paperback – October 1, 1987


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (October 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671653571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671653576
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,233,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 1997
Format: Paperback
A Lion on Tharthee is probably one of the best science fiction books I have read. I believe this book is very under
rated or at least under read since I have never meet anyone
who has read it (other then by my recommendation). I am rating the book a nine, but then again I have never given a ten. The story theme is of mankind's first encounter with
another race in the near future (+100 years). While lightly
technical (and accurate), it mainly concentrates on
character development and human (and non-human) interaction.
The story is engaging with a number of unanticipated twists
and turns as the tactics and politics of individuals and
cultures shape events. Overall this book presents one of the
most mature, sophisticated and believable accounts of two
cultures meeting that I have read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By adamek@star.net on October 4, 1997
Format: Paperback
An excellent first contact story set about 100 years in the future. Very good hard science fiction.Now if only they would put the prequel, Saturnalia, back into print.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 1998
Format: Paperback
I have read both of Grant Callin's books (Saturnalia, and Lion on Tharthee). The first (Saturnalia) is an absolute joy to read and unbelievably humorous. I caught myself laughing outloud on several times during my read, and in fact have read the book again and got the same laughs. This is the only SF book that has done this to me. An absolute joy to read. Lion on Tharthee is a continuation of this story and is nearly as entertaining as the first. Saturnalia is going to be difficult to find, but if you run across it, just get it ok? Its out of print, has a real hoky cover, but it will be a treasured read, guaranteed.
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Sequel to Saturnalia, not really as good or tightly written as the original. Same characters, widely different situations.

Journey to an alien planet with a rather simplistic culture.
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As far as I can tell, this author published 2 books - Saturn Alia and this book - and if you enjoy space opera/first contact type stories, you likely cannot go wrong here. It is useful to read Saturnalia first. While Saturnalia pretty much avoids the entire issue of WHAT the aliens are, this book doesn't and cannot, and you are dealing with a novel with essentially anthropomorphic aliens, down to the emotional level. There are differences, but this isn't ALIEN aliens, whose motives elude human novelists who deign to describe them.

That said, one is dismayed that the author never published more - I read his two books last night and tonight, and am a bit saddened that there is no more to read in this universe than the 2 above.
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