Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Qty:1
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Red Claw has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: Fast Shipping - Safe and Secure Bubble Mailer!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Red Claw Paperback – October 15, 2009

3.5 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$12.99
$0.07 $0.01

Start a new series - Up to 50% off
These featured First in Series titles are up to 50% off for a limited time. See all titles
$12.99 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Red Claw
  • +
  • Hell Ship
  • +
  • Artemis
Total price: $40.97
Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

Review

Red Claw is that rare treat, an intelligent action adventure replete with intellectual rigour, human insight and superb storytelling Guardian It's been a while since I've read a science fiction novel as invigoratingly original in approach and theme as this one Morning Star Red Claw moves at a relentless pace ... I was hooked thebookbag.co.uk I keep going back to the front cover and marvelling at how awesome it is Graeme's Fantasy Review --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Philip Palmer lives in London and is currently at work on a new book set in the same universe as DEBATABLE SPACE. He has written for film, TV and theater. Find out more about Philip Palmer at www.philippalmer.net.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE


Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; Original edition (October 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780316018937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316018937
  • ASIN: 0316018937
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,587,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
Red Claw is classic pulp fiction. It is well paced, very enjoyable, and definitely worth reading by any fan of science fiction or adventure (excluding the last 2-3 pages which provide a second ending on a superfluous existential note). As the characters slowly succumb to the ravages of a foreign planet and his own nature, the title refers to Tennyson's famous couplet concerning the loveless savagery of nature: "Tho' Nature, red in tooth and claw / With ravine, shriek'd against his [God's] creed."

The story itself is a basic run-for-your-life-and-get-out tale. Take the characters from "Battle Royale," place them in an off-world version of Arthur Conan Doyle's "Lost World," have HAL-9000 direct a constant assault with Terminators and sentient flying scalpels, and you have a feel for the story line. A well-paced escape story is supported by a thorough imagining of alien taxonomy, future governance structures, and an underlying theme of revenge.

Although the story works well as a thriller, the occasional mix of existentialism, environmentalism (No Terraforming!), and rebellion against an autonomous government is a bit tedious. Other than that, it's a great little read. Enjoy.
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Much better than Debatable Space, especially without the incredibly long personal journals (there are personal journals in this, too, but they're much briefer). Some might get confused if they haven't read Debatable Space, since this has quite a few references to it, takes place in the same universe (it sometimes suggests itself as a prequel), and a couple of times mentions characters from the novel. Debatable Space's biggest problem was inconsistency and the overly frequent and lengthy personal logs, and since that's no longer a problem, Palmer's unique and intense style of writing can come through in full.

The ending is awfully anticlimactic and doesn't seem to end in the right place, though, and a few characters seemed underdeveloped. There's also way too much graphic sex, comparable to Debatable Space, which got annoying. Still, I really enjoy Palmer's style of writing and storytelling. He seems to enjoy doing it, and I enjoy reading it. I look forward to his next novel, Version 43.

I have to say I just don't get the hate for Palmer's works. It's as if some people have a grudge against him for some reason. I see a of nitpicking on details I wasn't particularly bothered by, and almost no appreciation for the things Palmer does right, and there are many. Sure, his novels aren't perfect, but they're definitely an enjoyable and well-written read.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By DigiSol on February 24, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
If you were a fan of the somewhat juvenile Harry Harrison Deathworld books then you'll thoroughly enjoy this. It's a sophisticated take on survival in a hostile environment when you're fighting yourself, your fellow humans, an egomanical corporation and the planet itself. I was surprised how much I enjoyed the book. The author does take some liberties such as why the hell you'd build a planetary base so far from your one permament link to orbiting support systems and what happens to Carl in the end is sudden, unexpected and completely off the wall. I would very much recommend this as a fun, fast-paced reading adventure.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Let me start by saying that I feel like an idiot after reading this book. And that is because I really don't know why I waited so long before buying the book and then let it collect dust on my bookshelf. If there is not much of a giveaway on the back cover, I should have let "Debatable Space" be a better guide of what to expect from this author. Philip Palmer is a professional and very talented writer, there is no doubt about this. His stories and characters are blending drama, action, sarcasm, sex, violence, and humor in an alien environment with literary techniques that I have only found in Klaus Mann more successful before. If some of the details seem a little naive at times, there are still plenty of refreshing and interesting layers in the story and details to entertain the reader. The universe of "Red Claw" is not a friendly one, but it is well worth a visit.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I don't read a lot of sci fi, and that's something I have no excuse for. I really dig sci fi movies. Especially the old hokey ones. So theres no reason for me not be reading it too. So on a whim I saw this at the book store and fell in love with it.

This book reminds me of something that I have a huge love for. I dig those old early to mid 20th century posters/random art work of scifi adventures. I could stare at those things for hours. They just open up my imagination like nothing else. Now don't misunderstand what I said earlier. When I said "hokey" I meant no disrespect. This book about a scientific expedition on a alien planet gone horribly wrong (love that!) has some amazing characters and a deep storyline going in a lot of different directions. I just don't think people need to make up an excuse for the fact something was just fun as hell. So many people think they need an excuse to enjoy something over the top and THEY DO NOT. If you love it, embrace it. Just because something has a lot of "pew pew" and run from the scary monster, doesn't mean it can't have a wonderful storyline with deep characters. Not every author with something meanginful to say has to write the same plots as Hemingway, and I'll be reading everything Palmer I can get my hands on in the future.

And the alien planet. Oh how I loved it. They even had creatures called Godzillas. And if that doesn't make your geek giddy then I don't know what will. Some cool "griffins" in there too. Theres a lot of story with those creatures and they were very interesting to me. Every aspect of this planet is foreign to ours so it made it really cool to read about. I loved how this book could go from scientific, turn the corner to absolutely hilarious and find itself in a very violent and very dark place. If you love a great sci-fi story that has wonderful characters in a "50's scifi setting" (atleast that's how my brain saw it) you'll dig this story a lot.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Red Claw
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
This item: Red Claw
Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: space quest