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The Nagasaki Vector Mass Market Paperback – March 12, 1983

4.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
Book 3 of 4 in the Win Bear Series

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; First Ed. edition (March 12, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345303822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345303820
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,916,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Set in the same framework as one of his other great books, The Probability Broach, Mr. Smith has created yet another tongue-in-cheek, cynical and sarcastic poke at established society and liberalism. The hero, Bernie Gruenblum, is a delightfully politically incorrect individual; a refreshing character in an age where more and more authors find it impossible to visualize anything controversial. Bernie's one desire is to sit back, enjoy life (preferably a large beer and long cigar with a wench on the side), but keeps getting interupted with crises such as his flying-saucer/time-machine getting hijacked. Again, like his other North American Confederacy books, if you are a liberal or of left wing politics, don't bother. Otherwise it is a GREAT and amusing read
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this is the funniest of all the L Neil Smith books...from the prospective of someone from an over reaching government to total Libertarianism and the shock that comes from oppressiveness to total freedom...just a great funny read for future Ron Paulites
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Many of L. Neil Smith's novels have plots like water slides. They are quick, fun, bounce you about a lot, and end with a splash. This novel is all that plus a little bit more. He added time travel. Yes, he had time travel in other books, but this is time travel plus moving into a different time line completely, that of the Confederacy, Win Bear, and smart apes. Captain Bernard M. Gruenblum (really, that's his name?) is a time traveler whose saucer is thrown off course, with three aliens, a crew member who has no idea what he is doing, and a group of passengers who have their own ideas on how to handle history. My only problem, really, is that the villains, as in many of his books, don't feel realistic, don't feel dangerous, and, let us be honest, you know will fail. If I thought, or got the impression, that any of the villains in libertarian books were equal to, let us say, a real life Otto Skorzeny I might feel some thrill at their defeat. But most libertarian bad guys are as threatening as Duffy Duck. I enjoyed the book but it is a popcorn book. A rainy day book - nice for riding a bus or staying home when sick. But mind changing? Something to make you change your ideas about how the system works? No.
Enjoy it but don't look for anything different. It is not a masterpiece. Just a solid, enjoyable ride.
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A fun novel. The best thing I can think of to compare it to is "Glory Road" by Robert Heinlein, and, of course, Doctor Who, especially in its more recent incarnation...

It's best classified as "Science Fantasy", in that it deals with what is largely fantasy but under the guise of SF -- and, like The Doctor, it doesn't take itself too seriously. The goal is to tell a fun story, and there it succeeds very effectively.
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I found this novel to be hysterically funny. While reading it, keep an eye out for the many names that are anagrams for public figures - makes it even funnier...
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