- File Size: 1404 KB
- Print Length: 175 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: B08C95PDCF
- Publisher: e-artnow (August 2, 2019)
- Publication Date: August 2, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07W2YR82X
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,539,152 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Author
Harry Harrison is an American science fiction author best known for his character the Stainless Steel Rat and the novel Make Room! Make Room! (1966), the basis for the film Soylent Green.
Christian Rummel is an actor and VO artist.--This text refers to the mp3_cd edition.
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While space travel is routine, biological mutation and evolution is front and center. Psionic abilities also play a prominent role. Given the global state of affairs at the time of its publication, the planet is clearly a metaphor for the single-minded stubbornness of large groups (be they colonists or whole governments) to pursue self-destructive paths with expectations of total annihilation of an equally matched enemy, never questioning the overall strategy and constantly upping tactical approaches. Not surprisingly, the story transcends its time and resonates even today.
That's not to say that Deathworld is all that deep, but that's okay, because what it lacks in thematic depth, it more than makes up in storytelling and sheer motion. Harrison gives us a great main character - a professional gambler named Jason dinAlt, who uses his psionic abilities to game the system - and then throws us into his story without wasting a moment, making dinAlt work to find money on behalf of a group of inhabitants of the planet Pyrrus. Why do they need the money? Well, life on Pyrrus is hard. Insanely, murderously, psychotically hard, with basically every single thing on the planet working in overdrive to kill the human inhabitants.
Harrison's conception of Pyrrus is almost blackly comic in its awfulness (intentionally so, I would say), but it's to his credit that the world feels as plausible as it does, rooted as it is in gravitational pulls and unstable weather patterns. But there's more to it than just an inhospitable climate, and much of the fun of Deathworld is figuring out just what's made this planet so horrifying. And what does it have to do with the planet's other inhabitants, a group of humans who live outside the walls of the colony?
Harrison rips through his tale, and the result is a great piece of pulp storytelling, with enough story to satisfy as Harrison starts having dinAlt dig further and further into the realities of life on Pyrrus. What's more, there are some neat ideas just below the surface, including a pretty plausible reading of the book as an ecological conservation parable. But really, what you come to Deathworld for is the fun and the action, and Harrison gives it to you in spades, whether it's dealing with murderous plants and animals, running from mob enforcers, or an all-out assault on a space colony. Add to that a classic scoundrel hero and some fun worldbuilding, and you've got a piece of pulp that will keep you quite entertained for its short length.
If you are male and like stories with fast action, women and cars, then this is book for you. I had to put it down.
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Thus we find ourselves plunged into life on the planet Pyrrus, a world which is inhospitable and where the flora and fauna seem to be extremely dangerous, and apparently getting more so towards humans. But will Jason be able to find out why this is, and why there seem to be two separate human colonies on the planet?
This is quite intriguing but in some ways I felt that this was a bit too short, where other incidents could have been given greater scope. It is rather like the difference between the new Doctor Who series, and the older ones which I grew up with, in that this seems to be a bit rushed, rather than letting the story pan out a bit more and bring in a little bit more depth. This does still make for an entertaining read though.
Best of all, unlike most free books, it was complete and had an ending that did not stop in the middle of the action so that you have to buy the next book in the 'series' to find out how the first ended.
in short a good read and i can only hope that these problems are addressed