- Paperback: 655 pages
- Publisher: White Wolf Publishing; First Edition edition (March 5, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1565048598
- ISBN-13: 978-1565048591
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.9 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,257,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Enemy Papers, The *OP Paperback – March 5, 1998
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About the Author
Hugo, Nebula, and Campbell Award winner, Barry Longyear is author of Enemy Mine, made into a major motion picture by Fox. Recent works include The Enemy Papers and Yesterdays Tomorrow. Having completed training as a PI, he has entered the world of mystery writing with The Hangmans Son. He lives with his wife, Jean, in New Sharon, Maine. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Other reviews describe the plot, so I feel no need to repeat it here. All I need to say is that I have been deeply moved by every book of the Enemy Papers, and that, after finishing reading, I felt I left many friends behind but that they had taught me many important things. I won't likely forget them.
"The Enemy Papers" is a collection of stories having to do with the war between the Dracs and Humans. The collection starts with an "abridged" version of the Draconian Talman or holy book.
A revised/extended author's addition of "Enemy Mine" comes next in line with contains a closer look at Shigan and Davidage's relationship and, later, the relationship Davidage has with the Jeriba family.
"The Tomorrow Testement" is the story of a human female soldier who gets taken to the Dracon as a POW and how she caught the eye of a leading Draconian offical and helped bring an end to the war. Bear this in mind; "Enemy Mine" and "Tomorrow Testement" occur at the same time.
"The Last Enemy" takes place around 30 years after "Enemy Mine", only this time from the point of view of a Draconian terrorist living on the planet that started the entire war. This unique view into the after effects of the peace treaty and the universal mindset of a war weary soldier is a nice addition to this collection.
The collection is completed with a set of essays about writing alien languages, Longyear's experiences writing the stories and a small Drac/English-English/Drac dictionary for those of us who are obsessed with these stories. Longyear does admite that, with a little persuassion, he might continue the series, complete the Talman and lenghten the dictionary.
With a little persuassion.
The three stories, Enemy Mine, The Tomorrow Testament and The Last Enemy, are all great and fairly different in topic. The first one is about two enemy soldiers forced to rely on each other - a fairly basic plot but it gets to you, especially after the alien child Zamis is born. The Tomorrow Testament centers around a blind human (female) POW that is destined for greatness... and the story has one of the best plot twists I've ever seen. We're in the League of movies like The Sixth Sense and The Usual Suspects here (for lack of a better way to compare it). The Last Enemy tells us something about wars such us the one that rages in Palestine or in Northern Ireland, written from the perspective of a Drac Freedom Fighter who's fed up with fighting.
The aliens are beautifully rendered; they have their own culture that may well be the most finely worked out alien culture I've ever encountered. Even though a lot of it is borrowed from our own cultures and schools of philosophy, it still makes a beautiful whole.
The Talman, the alien bible, is a neat feature to add to the book and stands on it's own.
Science fiction that captures you, makes the book a page-turner and still manages to cut deep. You'll come away from these stories deeply moved and wishing for more.
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