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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; Reprint edition (January 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061373303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061373305
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Martin (Song of Ice and Fire series), Dozois (Strange Days) and Abraham (A Shadow in Summer) revisit classic themes of exploration, exploitation and what it means to be human in this gritty SF adventure. Humanity has finally reached the stars, only to find that all the best spots have been claimed by other races—the Silver Enye, Turu, Cian and others. Human colonists serve as world-building crash-test dummies, dropped onto empty planets deemed too dangerous or inconvenient for other races, to pave over whatever marvels and threats evolution had put there. On the misbegotten colony planet of São Paulo, ore prospector Ramon Espejo has no illusions, especially about how the Enye view humanity. Then Ramon murders the wrong man in a drunken fight and takes off into the wastelands to avoid the Enye authorities. Once in the outback, he discovers he's not the only one trying to hide from the Enye—and that the deadly cat-lizards called chupacabras are far from the worst dangers on São Paulo. This tightly written novel, with its memorable protagonist and intriguing extrapolation, delivers on all levels. (Jan.)
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In music, supergroups of established artists are rarely greater than the sum of their parts. The same often goes for science fiction, but critics agreed that these three authors beat the trend by producing a tight, consistent novel. Whether because of Martin’s decades of collaborative work, Dozois’s long career as an editor, or Abraham’s fresh prose style, every reviewer said the book seemed as if it were written by one person. The only complaint came from reviewers who had read an earlier, novella-length version of the story; they felt that expanding the story enriched it somewhat, but not by much. While it would be hard to match Hunter’s Run with any of these authors’ previous works, it can certainly be called a successful experimentâ€"and a compelling SF novel.
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Great ideas, very good character development.
There could have been more to the story, and while good, left someone feeling at times left out of the story.
Parts are rather explicit, and cuss words are thrown around like punctuation.

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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Rick H on February 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because I love George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series (who doesn't? -- see A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)) and his student Daniel Abraham's excellent Long Price Quartet (see A Shadow in Summer (The Long Price Quartet)). I was not familiar with Gardner Dozois.

Do not expect either series. Sure, this is sort of a science fiction book, in that it takes place on a colonized planet, has an alien race that shuttles humans around, and vehicles that hover. This is the story of one man's flight from his crime, his discovery of and capture by another alien race, and his struggle to get free -- all the while having to come to terms with who he is, what is right and wrong, and where and how things belong. The evolution of this character in his struggle to survive is fascinating -- and while it sounds like a very introspective story, it's still a solid adventure.

This is a bit of a brainy book - folks who like Fantasy or Science Fiction for fast paced action may not like this. This is for people who like serious character and story development. And, of course, Martin just happens to be a master at that.

Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Amos on August 28, 2008
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This is another book that I bought based solely on who wrote it. I love Martin and Abraham is also a great writer, though I had never heard of Dozois prior to this. I didn't know what I would think, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. Hunter's Run has action, drama, humor and bizarre aliens; just about all you could ask for in a great sci-fi book. Is it a masterpiece? I still can't quite decide...

My favorite part of this book is what most reviewers seem to dislike the most: the main character. Ramon Espejo is a pretty despicable human being. He's a murderer and a criminal, but I'll be damned if he doesn't provide an entertaining point of view. Maybe I've gotten to the point where I've read too much typical fiction with do-gooder protagonists that an a**hole is just what I needed. And even if he is an a**hole, he is funny and has some great dialogue, especially with his travelling companion/captor (who for the sake of not spoiling, I will not reveal here.) And as the story progresses, even though he is still sort of despicable, he does have an epiphany of sorts that changes him as a person. On the basis of how he thought and how he acted, his decisions were believable and I thought his progression as a character was really well done.

The actual story, which I can't speak much on because I'd give it away, is also well done. It is a nice tight plot that flows well from start to finish. There is some good action and some crazy situations, but given the circumstances, there is nothing unbelievable. By the end of Hunter's Run, I was left a little disappointed that it had ended but in no way dissatisfied with the ending. There are no loose ends and it is its own complete story.

This really teeters on the edge between a 4 star and a 5 star book.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. M Stirling on February 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Usually a collaboration, and still more a three-way collaboration, is less than the sum of its parts. These three have produced a book as seamless and fresh as one by an individual writer -- and a very good one. It's an intriguing modern-space-opera setting, combined with a frontier tale and a 'first contact' story with some very intriguing aliens. But the hero (or given his character, the protagonist) steals the show even from the strange world aand stranger aliens. Bravo!
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22 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Patrick A. Kellner on March 16, 2008
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"Hunter's Run", by George R. R. Martin, Gardener R. Dozois and Daniel Abraham.

It has been a long time since humanity discovered it wasn't alone. Humanity has also discovered that a lot of the more desirable planets for colonization have been claimed by other races. Since humanity still hasn't bridged the technological gap between itself and the other alien races that would allow it to travel between stars or at speeds faster than light, many have agreed to help the Enye to begin colonizing new worlds that are slightly less desirable in exchange for being transported. Ramon Espejo, a mineral prospector, is amongst a group who was transported to a planet named São Paulo. Ramon finds himself in trouble after an altercation at a bar and decides it is time to leave town for a while on a prospecting mission only to find himself in more trouble after an unlucky discovery.....

"Hunter's Run was an interesting story though I wouldn't place it at the same level as "A Song of Fire and Ice". The concepts and characters overall were well written and enjoyable to read and the "Self examination from the outside" idea of the book was interesting. The book was also well paced and never really seemed to slow anywhere.

The Good: As stated, the concepts and ideas of the book were all well thought out and well written. The book was paced well and was enjoyable overall.

The Bad: The only real problem that I had with this book was that I never became emotionally involved with or attached to the main character because I just didn't like him. He was well written and well defined but I just couldn't root for him because he was unlikable.

Overall: If you are a fan of Martin's or any of the other writers who contributed you will likely enjoy this and should give it a try, just don't expect it to be as good a "Song".
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