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The Cyborg and the Sorcerers (War Surplus Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lawrence Watt-Evans
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The cyborg code-named "Slant" was sent out as an Independent Reconnaissance Unit during an interstellar war between Earth and its colonies. The fighting ended three hundred years ago, but Slant's computer does not admit this -- he is compelled to carry on as if the war were still raging.

Then he comes across a planet where his sensors register ''gravitational anomalies.'' The computer interprets these as enemy weapons research.

The local inhabitants call the anomalies ''magic.''


Product Details

  • File Size: 512 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (February 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Q7CI58
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #646,011 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ...that old thermite bomb in the head ploy... November 24, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Lawrence Watt-Evans tells the kind of stories I love to read. On the surface, he seems to indulge in crafting passages wherein nothing much of consequence is happening, but don't be deceived. These quiet moments have a way of adding heft to the book and ultimately enriching the reading experience. This author writes well-rounded tales that end up being hugely satisfying, mostly because of his predilection for grounding his fantasies in some semblance of reality and common sense. He sets up firm rules with regards to his brand of sorcery and super science, by which he then rigorously stands. The result is airtight world-building which lends more credibility to his stories. THE CYBORG AND THE SORCERERS, although one of Watt-Evans's earlier efforts, is yet another solid novel crafted in that mold.

For Slant, an IRU (Independent Reconnaisance Unit) cyborg, the all-out war between his Old Earth and the outpost planets ended fourteen subjective years ago (which translates to 300 years of actual time). His side having lost, Slant had been aimlessly navigating the spaceways in his computer-helmed spaceship. The computer, which has the capability to take Slant over and control his actions, now finds itself without a purpose and seems to be looking for an excuse to end itself. Suddenly, the computer senses a "concentration of anomalies representing enemy weapons research" emanating from an unremarkable-appearing planet Slant would later discover is called Dast, and Slant is sent to investigate post-haste. With the ever-present threat of the thermite bomb imbedded in his skull, Slant has no choice but to comply. But what he unearths on Dast is something he and the computer have never before encountered...
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More of a 7 than an 8, nevertheless I've probably read this book five or six times over the years. I do enjoy its new Slant on the theme of technology meets fantasy. Its sequel, the Wizard and the War Machine is about a 6 to a 7. Much more entertaining was The Misenchanted Sword. A real good read, about a 9
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read February 24, 2002
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This was one of my very first fantasy books to read, therefore my opinion is probably biased. I recently hunted down the book again from a used books dealer to read the story again and I still enjoyed it immensely. In his earlier novels, Lawrence tends to take seemingly improbable or heterogeneous elements and make them work extremely cohesively. Cyborg meets Sorcery?? For those that are temped to balk....just read the story. It's a short read, but very entertaining filled with colorful characters and creative dialogue. What can I say... this will always be a classic novel for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice way to spend a holiday afternoon September 6, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I found this book in a box I had in storage for years. This Labor Day I wanted a fantasy book to read and finish in one day. At 248 pages this book was it. It is a story which combines elements of Science Fiction and Fantasy creating a very enjoyable short story. I recommend it all who want to have a nice afternoon of reading. Even though out of print, you can find it used on Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Lawrence Watt-Evans book May 7, 2014
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Slant is a cyborg, a weapon created by Old Earth to find Old Earth’s enemies and kill them. However, Old Earth lost the war, and there is no one left alive to release Slant from his computer enforced mission. And when he arrives at an enemy world that has been bombed back into the Dark Ages during the war, his computer is surprised to find out that on this world magic actually works. But, Slant is tired of fighting an already lost war, and wants to quit – but if he does, his computer controller will terminate him but good. What can Slant to do win his freedom on this crazy world? It’s magic versus high-tech, and may the best man...or machine, win!

For many years now, I have been a great fan of Lawrence Watt-Evans’ wonderful series – Ethshar, Lords of Dus and Worlds of Shadow. Having finished all of those books currently available, I have moved on to his War Surplus series. This book is another great read; one that shows off the author’s writing ability. I loved the way that the author combined magic and high-tech to make an exciting and thoroughly believable story.

This is another great Lawrence Watt-Evans book, and I look forward to reading the other book in the series (OK, it’s a series of two). Lawrence Watt-Evans is a great author, and this book is another shining example of his abilities. I highly recommend this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read by Lawrence Watt-Evans March 18, 2014
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I've try to read everything written by L W-E and will continute to look for earlier work.
Plot development follows character development alongside of the painting of a new world landscape. Well done.
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More About the Author

I've been writing fantasy for more than thirty years... well, my fantasy's been published for more than thirty years. I've been writing it since I was eight. It's what I always wanted to do for a living, and I've been very fortunate in that I've been able to manage that. I try to write fantasy with an element of common sense to it -- not so much mythic archetypes as sensible people.

Other than my job, my life's pretty ordinary -- a nice house in a quiet neighborhood, a wife, two grown kids, and a cat.

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