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Deathworld Trilogy Mass Market Paperback – May 5, 1955

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Berkley (September 15, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425068277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425068274
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,646,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By joe_n_bloe on May 25, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's a darned shame that this book spends most of its time out of print. (Or for all I know, all of its time out of print nowadays.) The trilogy is one of Harrison's best "machinegun typewriter" books by far. The opening premise of the first novel is that "Deathworld" is a jungle planet teeming with life that evolves with a speed and ferocity unlike any other planet in the universe. To survive for even a moment on the surface you must be superbly trained and superbly armed and prepared to kill hordes of clever and supremely deadly predators. And then you need to figure out how to get work done in the meanwhile!
And obviously, people with the skills needed to survive on Deathworld might find work elsewhere ... in sequels perhaps.
A slightly different flavor than the Stainless Steel Rat but nonetheless terrific non-stop action. Grab the next copy you see.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Holmes on April 27, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A classic from the old 'boys school of space opera' (like Heinlein's juveniles). All 3 are very short novels, they are a very quick read, with lots of action and improbable last-minute escapes. The settings are the most interesting parts of the drama, and how these settings affect the characters that live on these death-dealing planets. The protagonist is a pretty typical super-skilled quick-witted know-it-all, but is fairly likeable -- the con artist with the heart of gold.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scott W Duncan on December 14, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book on a whim as I waited for a friend to arrive at Penn Station in 1978. I was so enthralled that I almost missed his arrival! It is really that good. Compossed before the PC era of Mr Harrison (when no one dies and all "good people", fight for "equality and social justice", it concerns the ultimate expression of darwinism on a planatary scale. A race of people whose homeland is literlary evolving to kill them, will of need themselves evolve to become the most leathal race of men in the galaxy.(Ok, so Dune was first!) Sarcasm, wit and action, ballanced with just the right level of homocidal ferver and hair splitting suspence! A true 70s must read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott (swindle@koyote.com) on May 25, 1998
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I have read the trilogy three times. "Deathworld" is about a planet literally at war with its settlers, a race of supermen. Jason din Alt, a smart-aleck gambler, becomes embroiled in their cause against his will. "Deathworld 2"--din Alt is marooned on a backward planet of slavery, steam engines, and flintlock rifles. "Deathworld 3" is one of the most exciting. The protagonists of the original "Deathworld" decide to colonize a planet run by conquerors reminiscent of the Mongol hordes, complete with their own Genghis Khan leading them. Jason din Alt has to infiltrate the horde. All 3 books are very exciting reads!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 1999
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I'm another who read and re-read this book from about 13 yrs old to ??. Have read this more than any other book (4 or 5 times) and I went through A LOT of sci-fi at the time! True adventure with a character every boy will identify with. Man v. Nature, Good v. Bad, David v. Goliath. And his gun is just "so cool"! :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1998
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When I was in high school, I reread this book until it fell almost apart. I continue to reread it every few years. The main character is blessed with great mental fortitude and resourcefulness. Each of the books in the trilogy chronicles his adventures trying to stay alive on a different planet, each one extremely treacherous (and therefore a "deathworld") in its own way. I particularly remember the planet where he frees himself from slavery in a "Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" way. Brilliant! Too bad that it is out of print as I write this, I think it is one of Harrison's best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1999
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When I was much younger (in my 20's) I read this trilogy. I received the book as a part of my SciFi book club choices. It was so good that it made it's way quickly through my circle of friends. This book gives just enough intro and detail while still providing nearly non stop action. If you are ever afforded the opportunity to read this trilogy, especially if you are new to SciFi, I highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 1998
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This was an excellant book, and a very worthy read for any science-fiction enthusiast. Jason dinAlt, the main character is a quick witted, level headed, gambler, faced with many challenges, including a planet that is dedicated to killing humans, and being made a slave, countless times. He always finds a very entertaining way to worm his way out of the stickiest of situations
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