- Paperback: 196 pages
- Publisher: Transmedia Publishing (December 19, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3942961334
- ISBN-13: 978-3942961332
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 134 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #965,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Edward Elmer Smith PhD (also E. E. Smith, E. E. "Doc" Smith, Doc Smith, "Skylark" Smith, or—to his family—Ted) was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on May 2, 1890 and died in Seaside, Oregon on August 31, 1965. He was an American food engineer (specializing in doughnut and pastry mixes) and early science fiction author. He is best known for the Lensman and Skylark series. He is sometimes called the father of space opera.
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This presentation is horrible. For $7.99 I would expect some editing at the very least, not a very, very poor "scan to text and don't bother to see what happened". What happened was misspellings, words mutating into others, "Page 45" in the middle of the text (not at page 45), misplaced periods, sentence and paragraph structure mangled and the result being the story is lost at times trying to figure out what the original really said.
But an old paperback edition for $0.50 or less, scan it yourself and have that be your electronic copy - it couldn't be any worse than this version is and it will certainly be cheaper. I won't be buying book 4 of the series (it they put it out with all the others that are there 1-3, 5-8) because of the mess this one turned out to be. And why is #4 missing and everything else there?
Hardly a page goes by that there isn't one.
Most times, because I'm so familiar with the work, I can figure out what the word should have been, but occasionally, I had to go get my paper version, hunt up the same passage, and compare.
Truly abysmal quality control on this.
If it's being bought to revisit an old friend, you can probably get by with it, but as a first read, definitely avoid this.
Special Note: I'm putting this identical comment on all six volumes of the series.
The story itself is classic and a great introduction to the Lensman saga. It is at least as good a place to start as are the two other books that precede it chronology. You take Doc Smith as you find him, ignore a lot of stylistic and pseudo-scientific vagaries, and lap up grand-scale space opera at its most gloriously overblown.
But especially if you are a Doc Smith neophyte, do yourself a favor and read him in some other edition!
HOWEVER, this conversion to Kindle is absolutely the worst of any book I've ever purchased. There are many many many conversion errors per page, the formatting is a mess, and they didn't even bother to remove the "PAGE XX" entries from the source printed book. In the middle of every other screen you'll get the "PAGE XX" text in random parts of the view.
Whoever performed this conversion should seek another career. Something that requires 0 attention to detail. Or perhaps he/she should just take a hyperspatial tube to another galaxy.
The other books in the series are also full of digitalization goofs. But this one is really really atrocious.