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Merchants War Hardcover – September 20, 1986
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The plot is progressive and the happenings are whimsical. This pace of plot is rarely seen in modern sci-fi and seems to fit perfectly for this type of novel. Pohl has a wicked sense of humor and is at times a sadist when involving his characters in crazy schemes or just laying on the perpetual hardships for Tennison. You can easily manage a sympathetic smile for such a kicked-when-down character. Below Tennison, there are even more characters which can be recognized through the general satire - everyone has a tyrannical boss, or a gopher assistant, or a manically possessive roommate, or an obese addict for a friend, or a unicycling presidential hopeful. What?
Pohl's continual quirky wit, colorful imagination and bold/cold stabs at all things satirical provide a one-of-a-kind novel which is now prized on my sci-fi bookshelf among his other great novels like Gateway, Man-Plus and Starburst.
This book was written some thirty years after The Space Merchants, and has a rather different feel to it. But, that said, I did find it to be a very interesting read. If you read and enjoyed The Space Merchants, then you really should read The Merchants' War!
This book published in 1984 is sequel to The Space Merchants published in 1953. It's remarkable that in spite of 30 years in between, the exact style of the original book has been preserved. The strong satire and drive of underground movement is duplicated in this second book like it was in the first one.
Two (2) stars. What's the difference between the first an second book? There lies the problem: there isn't much to add to the story started in the first. The second book shows much more mature writing, but the satire that held up the first book isn't fresh any more in the second. We still see no character development, we read the same plot twists as in the first one, and the "war" is over in 10 pages at the end of the book. In some sense this book is more subtle and avoids some of the excess of the first, but overall the first one is better in its originality.
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It lacked the appeal of the first but still came through as a solid novelPublished 20 months ago by Kindle Customer
THE MERCHANT'S WAR (1984) is the hilarious sequal to the classic THE SPACE MERCHANTS (1952). While THE SPACE MERCHANTS is the better known of these two books, THE MERCHANT'S WAR... Read morePublished on September 14, 2006 by Stewart Teaze - Safe AI developer/Global Warming Debunker-don't believe the commie agenda