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The Best of Randall Garrett Paperback – January 1, 1982

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 261 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books, Inc.; First Ed edition (January 1, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671835742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671835743
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,130,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What this e-book cries out for, in fact screams at painful decibel level is an old fashion table of contents and a way to quickly move from stories that you are not interested in to ones you are. An e-book like this convinces me that e-books will never totally replace the old fashion books on paper(God bless them). And what is it with the parentheses with the word Illustration? Did the hard copy contain illustrations that did not make it over when it was transferred to e-book format? If so then I feel cheated.

That being said then the contents was satsifactory although I would have like it being made clear that there were no Lord Darcy stories in it. The stories and short novels are readable with a few being exceptional. I enjoyed seeing where Garrett was influenced by Issac Asinov and other sf writers.

There is maybe one memorable female charactor in the whole bunch, that of Queen Elizabeth I. Otherwise any females primary exist as the hero's reward. Even the aliens are better written and developed than the women. Book reminds me of when science fiction was written for and by adolescent males. I am female and not adolescent in case you couldn't tell.

That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.
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I've bought many Halcyon Kindle editions with classic SF, but this one I had to return for a refund. (Just contact Kindle Help and give them the order number and request a refund.) The table of contents hyperlinks were faulty and so I couldn't find the novels!!! I know how hard and tricky it can be to get this right but really, Halcyon, you owe it to your readers to allow them to find the stories they've bought.
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Entertaining stories and the listing of the titles on the Amazon page is useful to see exactly what you are getting. (Some reviews unfairly complain there are no Lord Darcy stories. Probably could've figured that out from the titles listed) However it should be noted that you aren't exactly getting nine novels as three of the novels reprinted here are expanded into longer versions also reprinted here. Specifically,

Out like a Light is expanded into The Impossibles
Occasion for Disaster is expanded to Supermind
That Sweet Little Lady is expanded in Brain Twister

Nevertheless a bargain at this price.

Also the hyperlinks in the table of contents actually do work fine. Perhaps they were defective in earlier versions. And another reviewer states each short story does has an introduction written by Garrett's friends. This seems to be true for the paperback version not, unfortunately, for the Kindle edition.
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Randall Garrett (1927-1987) was a prolific SF and Fantasy writer in the 50s and 60's. He wrote under a number of pseudonyms and collaborations, including `Robert Randall".

He is most famous for his superb series about Lord Darcy, set in a great alternate universe where Richard the Lion Hearted didn't die from a crossbow bolt, and where Magic (under strict rules) has taken over much of what Technology does today. The series is set in the late 20th century. It's one of the best Fantasy Alternate History series out there.

This collection was done in 1982, edited by Randall's friend and collaborator Robert Silverberg. Each short story has a personal introduction by many of Randall's SF author friends. The intros are worth reading.

The stories are a mixed bag of course, since they include his first (showing great promise, but ...) and other selections. The collection contains two Lord Darcy stories, including one I have never seen collected before- starring Captain Darcy in an alternate WWI.

Note that I am reviewing the Print edition, not the e-book. I am told there are several diferences.

I heartily recommend the omnibus collection "Lord Darcy" (1983).
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For a paltry $1.99 you cannot go wrong purchasing and - of course - reading this excellent collection by science-fiction author Randall Garrett (1927-87).

Now if you never read anything by Garrett you should introduce yourself to another one of the many underrated authors that entertained and enlightened many readers of Campbell's Astounding-Analog magazine in the 70-80's time period.

My favorites novels are "Pagan Passions" - a must read about well, pagan passions and "Unwise Child" about a deranged robot.

Imagine 9 novels and a load of short stories for such a low price!
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This is absolutely NOT the Kindle version of the Best of Randall Garrett, but a totally different collection than the one I was looking for. Still stories from the author but not what I wanted at all. These two different books are linked on Amazon and that is extremely misleading and a total mistake. Do Not purchase this Kindle collection if you are looking for the book with Lord Darcy on the cover!!! The two bucks is not at issue here, just the bait and switch!
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Randall Garrett stories for decades have been favorites of SF fans who are looking for new plot twists and enduring style. This collection brings some of his better stories from the 40s and 50s to today's readers who might have missed them or the older collector who has been looking for specific stories.
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