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Product Details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix Pick (May 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161242015X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612420158
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of my all time favorite Science Fiction stories.
Swanny
When the book originally came out, my brother, who was old enough, paid 75˘ for his paperback.
Secundus Tacitus
With enhanced realism, we find ourselves in a very real era with very real concerns.
Addison Phillips

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gary Romeo on May 9, 2011
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Even if you already have "Lest Darkness Fall" in any of its previous printings you should buy this book. "Lest Darkness Fall" is a classic time-travel/alternate reality tale. Similar to Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" but based on actual history instead of legend. De Camp was a thorough researcher and the story reeks of authenticity. A great re-read, if you've read it before; and a first time complete joy. This version includes a lot of new items of interest. The Panshin's review of de Camp's role in SF is easily worth half the price plus you get some great short stories by David Drake, S. M. Sterling, and Frederick Pohl. Sprague de Camp, among other SF greats, has been ignored for too long. It is good to see him back in print. Fans of de Camp can discuss his works at a Yahoo Discussion Group called d_for_de_Camp. Buy this book!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Addison Phillips on June 6, 2011
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Lest Darkness Fall is a true classic... one I've waited a long time to own on Kindle. Having recently re-read it, I have to say that de Camp's genius is expressed in so many ways--large and small--across this novel that it should not be surprising that he almost single-handedly invents the "alternate history" novel with this book.

What's nice is how he handles the differences that the cultures play. Yes, he outfits "Martinus" with some nice-to-have prequalifications, but the sense of peril and difficulty is palpable. Martin fails, for example, to invent the clock and gunpowder, gets imprisoned, and runs close to perilously close to various female characters. With enhanced realism, we find ourselves in a very real era with very real concerns.

At least until "Soldier of the Mist", I don't think anyone does as well with such historical eras. If you've not read it, you're in for a treat. The side material is nice, but not necessary.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Still St. Leigh on October 14, 2011
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I knew this book first as a crumbling paperback, then as a hardback i scored at a church sale and still have. Now I am buying the Kindle version. Why? Because it's that good. What hasn't been mentioned is that it's deliciously funny. Do you have a small collection of"flu" books that you reread when you need something to smile at? This book belongs in it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 19, 2013
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A classic De Camp novella with additional stories form contemporary authors. Excellent value. The kindle formatting has issues with words being cut off on the iPhone
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Only 4 stars because I didn't like the ending.
Liked the character, the history covered and the writing.
Well reasoned and very interesting.
Highly recommended to any time travel fan or history buff -
it should be considered a must read.
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By PAL on August 29, 2013
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This book was fantastic! I enjoyed the story having read it before but its such a classic that is so woderfully entertaining.
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How do you review a classic? The best review, actually, would be a quasi-sequel. Guess what? There are two! The Kindle version is ridiculously cheap. When the book originally came out, my brother, who was old enough, paid 75˘ for his paperback. It long since fell apart from reading over and over and over again.

If you like stories about going back in time and changing things for the better or worse, then, de Camp's classic is perfect reading for you. He doesn't need my aid. Just read the book!
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By Jens Guld on June 2, 2013
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Lest Darkness Falls is one of the two most entertaining sf-novels I have read (the other is Heinlein's Double Star).
There are some additional stories in this edition. Of these Sterling's story is in the same class as the original, Drake's is not quite so good, the rest are read-once. You can get "Lest Darkness" $1.50 cheaper from SF Gateway, but Stirling's "The Apotheosis of Martin Padway" is certainly worth a dollar and a half.
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