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Star Kings Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1981

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Warner Books (November 1, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446301094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446301091
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,774,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Craig Chilton -- xanadu4@ibm.net on November 15, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It just doesn't get any better than this, folks! Not if you enjoy sci-fi, romance, and adventure, all rolled into one!
By means of a futuristic mind-transfer device, Zarth Arn, Prince of the Mid-Galactic Empire, is able to talk John Gordon, a 20th-century worker in a drab office, into exchanging minds with him for a few days so that he can pursue his hobby as an historian, and study old earth (250,000 years in the past!) first-hand.
But it all falls apart for both of them when John (in Zarth's body) is inexpectedly kidnapped by Shorr Kan, the galaxy's biggest villain, and leader of the League of Dark Worlds -- located within a large nebula, called The Cloud. Fortunately, Gordon is rescued in the nick of time, but then is ordered by the Emperor, Arn Abbas (Zarth's father) to return from the isolated laboratory on Earth, to Throon, capital world of the Mid-Galactic Empire, which circles the star, Canopus. There's just one hitch. No living person in that era knows of the mind-exchange, and Zarth had given John strict orders not to divulge that -- under ANY circumstances. So John's in the soup, and Zarth's stranded in the 20th century.
Thus, we see a stunned John Gordon suddenly within the halls of the Great Palace, in a future unimaginable... about to be married to the Princess Lianna of Fomalhaut Kingdom, in a marriage arranged by the Emperor.
To complicate things even more, John first meets Murn, who turns out to be Zarth's morganatic wife -- who adores him! How in the world can he marry Lianna after that, and thus betray Zarth so? But the Emperor demands it!
Wait. It gets even better! John meets Lianna two days before the ceremony and falls in love with her at first sight! And Lianna picks up the vibes...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Mihic on April 23, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I stumbled across The Star Kings shortly after I seriously got into SF, probably when I was about 12. This book blew my mind with its very colourful writing (love the characters' names) and the majestic sweep of the universe it presented. Sure the science is pretty badly dated, but if you can look past that, it's a rip-snorting tale as they say. This book still remains in my top 5, although I can't be sure that's not for sentimental reasons. I searched for about 5 years to find the sequel, Return to the Stars. For those who've read and loved this book, check out the campy movie Starcrash starring Marjoe Gortner next time it comes on late at night - the villian's name is Zarth Arn!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Bashian on May 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
Having wondered over many years where it is, I found it! This epitome of space opera was first enjoyed by me at age 12, just discovering science fiction. Again, I have literally devoured it at age 62!
I don't know much of Edmond Hamilton, but this jewel of a book has every element of space opera to it - thrilling plot, challenged and tempted hero, wide flung interstellar battles, star kingdom glories, incredible escapes, relentless dilemmas, and continuing romantic interest. Included in these huge starship battles, are dramatic depictions of events in the Canopus, Pleiades, dark nebulae, and Deneb, as you travel at 200 parsec/hr in the year 200,000. Eventually end up with a great romantic hope which any red-blooded man would droll over.
Yes, friends, for a mere $.90 (cost of a used paperback edition, of this original 1949 edition), you may return from World War II, as a heroic 30 ton bomber pilot, dulled into the routine of insurance work, and recapitulate your heroic victories, immersing yourself in this fantastic story and identity.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I originally bought this book when it was published by "Venture" compiled with "Return to the stars"... and its been by my side ever since, i've had it for about 7,8,9 maybe 10 years, cant be certain. When ever im not reading something new, I return to this book. Must of read it a million times by now. I've been trying to find more Edmond Hamilton ever since...
(for those who didnt understand my one-line summary, Claytons made a drink they called "the drink you have when your not having a drink" because it was non-alcoholic, so anything "Claytons" is something you do when your not actually doint it).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thierry Sarrazin on December 29, 2000
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Star Kings is the best book I have ever read. It mixes a great space opera and love story through a non-stop adventure over the galaxy. Star Wars is a pale copy of this book but those who liked Star Wars will surely adore Star Kings. Don't miss the sequel "return to stars" !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 1998
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As fellow reader Craig Chilton mentioned, "it doesn't get any better". I first read this book back around 1982. It was the FIRST Sci-fi book I could not put down. As I read it, I saw it. I never read anything like it. Alot of the story is still vivid in my mind ( ya so I've read it more than a few times ). As a matter of fact I've purchased this book 3 times after lending it out and not getting it back ( those lucky souls). As of 2-4-98 my search is on again to find another copy, out there waiting for my fourth purchase. So please leave one for me on the self, I have to have it ! As for turning this story into a movie, guess I'm not the only one who agrees it'd be KILLER !!!
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