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The Godwhale Mass Market Paperback – October 12, 1975
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I've read this book several times and have always been struck by the originality and vividness of Bass' vision of our future as portrayed here. While many would dismiss a book of this sort as "wild-eyed" pulp science fiction, it is actually a brilliantly drawn narrative that merely extrapolates a future from current trends in population growth and social/biological engineeering. Clairvoyant and fun to read--T.J. Bass--who are you?
In my opinion, there are 3 things that make the book work. Firstly, the major ideas driving the plot, while not totally original, have an original spin to them. Secondly the narrative style is economic; his use of understatement and events ocurring through implication left me feeling I was being treated with respect as a reader. So often, when writers spell out EVERYTHING, I feel patronised. With The Godwhale, this wasn't the case. And thirdly, as a yarn, the story is satisfying; many times for me, sci-fantasy consists of sterotypic characters going on long journeys for melodramatic reasons. Thankfully there are no long journeys, the events are credible within Bass's post-apocalyptic world, and the characters are plausible and lightly sketched rather than drawn in heavy outline. In summary, a jolly good read and one I'd be happy to come back to again.
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Glad to see this classic in e-book form. This and its prequel _Half Past Human_ are excellent examples of 70s science fiction and highly recommended for readers interested in the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by D. Kittrell
This novel is the loose sequel to "Half Past Human" you don't need to read the first book to understand this one but I recommend it because it's just a great book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lewis Woolston
Read it as a college senior 40yrs ago. Made such an impression that I tried to move Heaven and Earth to get a copy in my later years.So glad it is back in print.Published 12 months ago by kevin J Hurley
This is my second read of this great book. I read the paperback many years ago. My only reason for not giving it 5 stars is the number of typos I found in the kindle addition. Read morePublished 15 months ago by YoungerOlder
iIt is an excellent SciFi book, I loved It. Is a trip in the time to a semi apocalyptic world with a handicapped hemi-human and with a mix of biotech, genetic manipulation, GMO... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Cristian Araneda Tolosa
A FIVE STAR book that I have been looking for for years (having first bought a paperback version in the 70s that disappeared at some point).
I loved this book. Read more