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The Candle of Distant Earth Hardcover – June 27, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; First Edition edition (June 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345461312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345461315
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,165,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In the quietly amusing last installment of bestseller Foster's Taken trilogy (after 2005's The Light-years Beneath My Feet), Marcus Walker, a Chicago commodities trader kidnapped by aliens in 2004's Lost and Found, and his companion, George, a sardonic talking dog, land on the planet Hyff. There Marcus and George help the Hyfft, peaceful meter-high creatures, battle unpleasant invaders known as the Iollth before resuming their quest to return home. Fans of E.E. "Doc" Smith's golden age space-traveling hero, Kimball Kinnison, will enjoy this slyly humorous saga, in which the good guys have plenty of human weaknesses and the villains aren't too evil. (June 27)
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From Booklist

The Taken trilogy comes to a rousing finish with more than a few surprising twists to keep fans of Lost and Found (2004) and The Light-Years beneath My Feet (2005) guessing. After escaping the ruthless, curio-collecting Vilenji and soaking up their rescuers' hospitality, Chicago commodities broker Marcus Walker and his fellow escapees are again space bound, searching for their respective home worlds. During the quest, they stumble across a planet populated by humble, catlike beings who at first mistake them for the bullying Iollth from a nearby star system, then enlist their aid in battle when the Iollth do show up. As designated leader of the expedition, Walker suddenly gains an improbable ally in the hunt for Earth when the Iollth are defeated. Meanwhile, watching their every move, the Vilenji are close at hand, setting the stage for a final, unpredictable confrontation. Readers who have come this far will revel in this book's skillful blend of amusing cultural misunderstandings and edge-of-the-seat suspense and enjoy a satisfying conclusion to one of Foster's most entertaining series. Carl Hays
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More About the Author

Alan Dean Foster's work to date includes excursions into hard science-fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He has also written numerous non-fiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving, as well as having produced the novel versions of many films, including such well-known productions as "Star Wars", the first three "Alien" films, "Alien Nation", and "The Chronicles of Riddick". Other works include scripts for talking records, radio, computer games, and the story for the first "Star Trek" movie. His novel "Shadowkeep" was the first ever book adapation of an original computer game. In addition to publication in English his work has been translated into more than fifty languages and has won awards in Spain and Russia. His novel "Cyber Way" won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first work of science-fiction ever to do so.

Foster's sometimes humorous, occasionally poignant, but always entertaining short fiction has appeared in all the major SF magazines as well as in original anthologies and several "Best of the Year" compendiums. His published oeuvre includes more than 100 books.


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I read the first and looked forward to each succeeding book.
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Allen Dean Foster has written an excellent Star Wars like novel that dazzles the readers with characters that are so realistic and unusual.
Harriet Klausner
I found the whole series to be charming, although perhaps slightly stretched out a bit too long.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
On the planet Hyff, an astronomer sees three ships approaching and fear the Iollth are approaching as they do every century or so to loot and plunder. The Hyffs are pacifists by nature and simply do not have the military mindset to wage war even on an enemy. However, the ships the astronomer saw are not from Iollth but are Nyyuan carrying Marcus Walker, the sentient speaking canine George, the squid like creature Sque and the giant Braouk from the planet Tuuqalia.

These four aliens have been abducted from their homeworlds by the Vilenjii traders who believe sentient beings are commodities to be taken. The astronomers of Hyff find Braouk's planet but before they can travel there the Iollth arrive. The people of Hyff have been so kind and helpful to them, they find they can't leave without solving the Iollth problem. On Braouk's world they find the homeworld of Sque and once they arrive there, the isolationist egotistical beings of K'eremu refuse to help George and Marcus find earth because it is not their problem.

Readers are treated to a tour of the galaxy filled with sentient aliens of all shapes and sizes. It is a dazzling universe and Earth is considered such an isolated backwater place, nobody knows where it is. Allen Dean Foster has written an excellent Star Wars like novel that dazzles the readers with characters that are so realistic and unusual. There is plenty of action but what makes this tale stand out from others is that that these different worlds are explored in intricate detail.

Harriet Klausner
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THE CANDLE OF DISTANT EARTH (2006) is the third book from THE TAKEN TRILOGY, following LOST AND FOUND (2004) *****, and THE LIGHT YEARS BENEATH MY FEET (2005) ***.

In LOST AND FOUND, we were introduced to Marcus Walker, the "All American Boy" who gets abducted by aliens while on a solo camping trip in the Sierra Nevadas. Walker is paired with the "All American Mutt", abducted from a Chicago alley, whom he calls George... the dog is able to speak, due to brain enhancement and implant technology of the "evil" abducting aliens. While in captivity aboard a giant alien ship, our heros encounter all sorts of strange oxygen-breathing aliens in a Wild Animal Park setting; and eventually work with some of them to execute an exciting escape attempt - but as they are breaking free in a "life boat", an even bigger space ship arrives on the scene manned by "interstellar cops" who take pity on the 4 individuals, whom they take back to their planet near the center of the galaxy, which can be described as near the height of galactic civilization, and where they put the four abductees on the government dole as hardship cases.

In the 2nd book, the 4 folks (human, dog, giant poetical monster, & genius pompous land octopus), manage to find a way out of their "boring" government sponsered lives, where they are basically provided everything they want, except for a ride home (nobody knows exactly where home is)... they are put to work on an alien planet that is hopefully closer to their homes out on the galactic "outback"... this alien planet turns out to be constantly at war, but with some strange rules (that closely parallel those from the STAR TREK Original Series episode A TASTE OF ARMEGEDDON). Suffice it to say, those adventures were far less believable than the ones from the first book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on November 6, 2009
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Candle of Distant Earth (2006) is the third SF novel of the Taken series, following The Light Years Beneath My Feet. In the previous volume, Walker, George, Sqee and Braouk were provided with three ships and crews to search for their home worlds. The Niyyuuan astronomers even found some evidence of Tuuqalian ships traveling through one sector of the galaxy.

In this novel, Marcus Walker was a commodity trader on the Chicago exchange. Then he was captured by the Vilenjii, a group of alien slavers. Now he is a chef in a galactic civilization.

George is a dog from the streets of Chicago. His intelligence and vocal cords were enhanced by Vilenjii slavers, so he can now think and talk. George is very cynical and somewhat paranoid from his time on the streets.

Sequi'aranaqua'na'senemu is a cephalopod-like alien from K'eremu. Sqee has a high intelligence and an even higher opinion of her abilities. She also had been captured by the Vilenjii.

Broullkounuvv-ahd-Hrashkin is a huge alien from Tuuqalia. Braouk is a singer of long sagas. He too had been a slave of the Vilenjii.

Sobj-oes is a Niyyuuan astronomer. He had led the search for the home worlds of the escaped slaves. He is accompanying them on their voyage.

Gerlia-hya is Commander-Captain for the three Niyyuuan ships searching for their homeworld. He is the military commander of the expedition.

Ussakk the Astronomer is a Hyfft. He is the senior astronomer on duty at the observatory.

In this story, Ussakk is notified of the presence of three spaceships approaching Hyff.
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