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Comment: Mass-market paperback First edition. Fine. No dust jacket as issued. (082208) 1st edition Mass Market Paperback is in Near Mint condition with slight spine fade. 144 p. illus. 18 cm. Daw sf books, no. 37.. DAW Bks #37; "UQ1037. " Cover art by Jack Gaughan.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: New York, DAW Books,1973; First edition. edition (1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1199321788
  • ISBN-13: 978-1199321787
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,461,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Camp on July 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
Some years ago, when my nephews and nieces were younger, they put on a puppet show. As I recall, they used the back of an easy chair for their stage. The puppets were a mixture of Veggie Tales puppets and handmade finger puppets, and the cast was a mixture of make-believe characters. I don't remember much of the storyline, but I do recall that there was a moment when one puppet turned to another and asked about a character who was offstage: "Say, has anybody seen the invisible man?"

It reminds me of a scene in Ron Goulart's novel, _A Talent for the Invisible_ (1973) that has the same kind of madcap logic:

"See the invisible man!" shouted someone around the corner.
Slowing his pace, Conger turned the corner and discovered a gallery called Orlando's Invisible Art Boutique. The shop looked to be empty of artwork, though fifteen tourists were inside browsing. (69)

Jake Conger, the hero of the novel, can be seen most of the time. But on occasion, he can exercise a "wild talent" and become invisible to most people, animals, and robots. Of course, there _are_ some people who know how to spot him, and there are Things That Go Wrong, making his mission difficult. What is his mission? Well, he must find a fellow known as "the Sandman," who is committing the dastardly crime of resurrecting radicals and liberals who have been assasinated. Obviously somebody who must be stopped!

Goulart does well with his setting-- the multilayered maze of New York, a hotel in Rio, a presidential palace floating three hundred feet in the air, an American colony under a vine-covered dome in the Amazon, and various teleport stations. It's not a great novel by any stretch of the imagination, but it's a passable performance. And you will be able to see the invisible man.

Addendum: As a bonus, there is an excellent cover and interior illustrations by Jack Gaughin to the DAW edition.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Taras Merza on June 17, 2013
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Ron Goulart has a talent for entertaining a reader. Great plot, great characters and many tidbits of humor. I highly recommend this book.
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