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Tom Paine Maru - Special Author's Edition Paperback – October 8, 2008
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Back before infinite special-effects budgets, when actual actors brushed dirt off their clothes when they fell down.
I wanted to join Star Fleet, even if it meant wearing a red shirt. I wanted to fly the Millennium Falcon, even if it meant being on the edge of broke or running scared once in a while. Still do.
This is how _Tom Paine Maru_ feels to me. Real people, doing stuff I can see myself doing in their place.
Not just see myself doing, the world (multiverse?) Smith has put together is one I would jump into with both feet without hesitation if the opportunity came up.
If you enjoyed the original Star Wars, or remember Robert Heinlein with fondness, this is a book you simply will not be able to put down. Read this book, and enjoy a universe in which governments are treated as the vile, parasitic cancers that they truly are.
A darn fine read indeed!
The basic story is about two men from a barbarous authoritarian culture come into contact with a starship from earth. The two men
are quite different. One is of the nobility and one is a peasent/servent. Their society has been cut off from earth for hundreds
of years, and they experience major culture shock. Earth culture, and the culture aboard the starship is very different from
anything they have ever experienced. A free society where individual rights and individual freedom has become almost the
The peasent suddenly discovers he is a free man and the other discovers that not only does his nobility mean nothing in this new
culture, they are openly hostile to the very concept of it. He is a free man, but basicly has become a bum without any useful
skills in a high tech society where everyone is equal and expected to pull their own load.
Both have major problems adapting, but from different ends of the spectrum.
A good read with much food for thought long after the book is finished.
My main reason to give four stars instead of five is the lack of diversity in characters: they are very, very uniform, beside the main char and villain. Another reason is due to debates, which sound more like lectures. And the last, but not least, greed, the main driving force of the described civilization, doesn't manifest itself at all in the book.
All in all, a good book, but worse than The Probability Broach or The Venus Belt from the same author.
Definitely not what I was hoping for!
I previously read L. Neil Smith's book The Crystal Empire and really enjoyed it.
Tom Paine Maru is just as good in it's own way.
This book is a two thumbs up no holds barred rollicking good time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Years ago I read the originally released "Tom Paine Maru". This version is much better.Published 6 months ago by Huapakechi
Kept me engaged. I may well be easily amused but this is just the sort of alternative universe fiction I find easy to recommend. Romance, action and a wildly imaginative setting.Published 7 months ago by Scott E. Huffman
I am enjoying all of the books by L. Neil Smith. I am also learning about libertarian views. I agree with them more and more.Published on October 29, 2013 by Donald S. Campbell
Mind-numbing characters that are different from humans, but co-exist and work with humans. Killer sharks, Orangutans, etc. Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by Robert E. Ryan
This book was only OK. It's pretty much all about Libertarian Philosophy with a space ship as the setting. Very little story to it.Published on January 15, 2011 by Robert Browne