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Works of E. E. "Doc" Smith (Illustrated) Kindle Edition

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Kindle, Kindle eBook, August 6, 2009
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Length: 1576 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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  • File Size: 4387 KB
  • Print Length: 1576 pages
  • Publication Date: August 6, 2009
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002KMJHZA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,311 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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167 of 170 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 16, 2009
I did not buy this Kindle edition. I was going to do so, since there are some pretty complete, multi-book anthologies out there, and I assumed this was one of them. But then I looked at the scant list of titles that are included, and I ran away. It just was not a good collection from what I could see. Two of the books of the Skylark series, but not the other two? ONE Lensman book ("Triplanetary," the first and the worst) plus the relatively unimpressive 'Lensman Sequel' book of "The Vortex Blaster," but not the rest of the Lensman series? Why could they have not included ALL of the books of these particular series? If it was a matter of lack of Copyright access, they should have just skipped the above books and added in some other works. As it is, I'm afraid the incompleteness of this collection will just prove frustrating, UNLESS you are only looking for some partial introduction to his best known works. If someone DOES buy this collection and can somehow show me that I am wrong in what I think is in here (from the list they give) then I will gladly withdraw these objections.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on January 12, 2011
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As others point out, this isn't a complete collection by any means - and in one instance (Triplanetary) the section is missing the first 80 pages (which can be found on Gutenberg, if you're so inclined).

There's also a lack of an index - which might be fun for those who like to just treat an ebook as a puzzle to separate out and bookmark, but it'd be nice to know these things in advance for those who AREN'T inclined to obsessively do tables of contents for their purchases.

It's your call - but the other Kindle edition with an active table of contents is preferable as far as I'm concerned... but note that the contents WILL be the same, and Triplanetary is STILL missing the first two sections.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Larry Osterman on April 25, 2011
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I was seriously disappointed with this collection. Galaxy Primes and Spacehounds of IPC were poor examples of EE Smith's writing. I remember most of the other examples with great fondness.

However I have serious issues with describing this as an "illustrated" edition. I consider an illustration to be a picture of something, and NOT a block of text describing what the illustration would be. There were several photographs in the e-book but they appeared to be pictures of random masses of clay with no relationship whatsoever to the actual text.

Stay away from this book, even at $0.99 it's simply not worth the money.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TaxMama on April 19, 2012
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I LOVE to read.
I am an avid science fiction fan.
Doc Smith is a legend, but I don't remember reading his works growing up.

The good part of this?
The women are smart, strong, beautiful and competent,
written in a world and time when women were housewives and rarely scientists.

The bad part?
There is too much teen-age-level breast pounding and arguing.
It reminds me of my level of cleverness (or what I thought was clever) when I was just testing my vamp skills in my teens.

The dialogue is fun at first.
But it gets really, really tedious fast, as the same level of interaction goes on and on and on and on.

I have had this for months and don't think I am halfway through it all.
Normally, when a book is good, I read day and night until I finish. (Sad habit - interferes with work).

This book (or series of stories) is not the best introduction to Doc Smith.
Pass on this, until you read his better material.
I will keep looking.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Diane on February 11, 2011
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First time I have ever seen that illustrated meant having words, NOT pictures. I was looking for the Skylark series and the Lensmen series. This work was 2 books short on Skylark (Skylark of Valeron and Skylark Du Quesne: unless they were included with Skylark Three). Even worse it had only 2 of the 7 in the Lensman series. Missing were First Lensman, Galactic Patrol, Gray Lensman, Second Stage Lensmen, and Children of the Lens. I might as well say that it was also missing The Vortex Blaster as the book stopped at the end of what was essentially the first chapter. I have the complete Lensmen series and Masters of the Vortex (as it was renamed) goes on for another 17 chapters!

At least it had 2 books I had not read before: Galaxy Primes and Masters of Space. GOODY!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sf_fan on October 29, 2011
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E.E. 'Doc' Smith is one of the great classic writers in science fiction. His stories are pretty dated now -- in his day, magnetism was a big deal and the jargon of telegraph operators passed for techno-babble. Even decades ago, they must have seemed corny. On the other hand, he had a wide-gauge imagination and a gift for writing lively, action-filled stories. On the other hand, the women's roles will make 21st century American readers wince. Worth reading for the educational value.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By E. Treants on March 12, 2010
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This is a collection of some of Doc Smith's storied. It is not the Lensmen Series but some of his other (earlier) works (The Galaxy Primes, Masters of Space, The Skylark of Space, Skylark Three, Spacehounds of IPC, Subspace Survivors, Triplanetary, and The Vortex Blaster). These stories are good and interesting in their own way and worth reading because they are a look into his writing style prior to the more mature and later works. Entertaining and well worth the price. A great deal on Kindle.
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