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The Sound and the Furry (The Complete Hoka Stories) Hardcover – Unabridged, 2001
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Following are brief reviews of each of the short stories:
Hoka! Hoka! Hoka! 1998.
--Prologue, 1983. (Hoka! 1983.)
--The Sheriff of Canyon Gulch, 1951. (as Heroes Are Made, in Other Worlds, May, 1951.) Our wayward hero Ensign Alex Jones gets his first taste of Hoka culture, when he is forced to crash land in the backwaters of the Planet Toka.
--Interlude I, 1998. These short Interludes appear as highly beauraucratic interstellar memorandums, and provide a descriptive backdrop that binds the short stories together.
--Don Jones, 1957. (novelette) (Earthman's Burden, 1957.) Alex Jones, now back on Earth with his fiance Tanni, and is enlisted to act as a guide to the first Hoka ambassadorial party sent to Earth - but reluctantly finds himself thrust into the role of Don Juan.
--Interlude II, 1998. Alex, along with his new wife Tanni, is assigned as the plenipentatiary to the Planet Toka. His job: slowly introduce modern culture and technology to the backward and "inventive" Hokas.
--In Hoka Signo Vinces, 1953. (Other Worlds, June, 1953.) Hilarious tale of the voyage of "The Space Patrol" spaceship "Fearless".
--Interlude III, 1998.
--The Adventure of the Misplaced Hound, 1953. (novelette) (Universe, December, 1953.) Decent "Sherlock Holmes" tale.
--Interlude IV, 1998.
--Yo Ho Hoka! 1955. (novelette) (F & SF, #46, March, 1955.) Sub-par tale of "piracy".
--Interlude V, 1998.
--The Tiddlywink Warriors, 1955. (novelette) (F & SF, #51, August, 1955.) Alex "enlists" in the Hoka version of the French Foreign Legion.
--Interlude VI, 1998.
--Joy in Mudville, 1955. (novelette) (F & SF, #54, November, 1955.) "Alien Baseball", and "Casey" gets a 2nd chance to win the big game.
--Undiplomatic Immunity, 1957. (novelette) (F & SF, May, 1957.) Subpar "Cloak and Dagger" story.
--Mysterious Message, 1998.
Hokas Pokas! 2000.
--Full Pack (Hokas Wild), 1957. (novelette) (F & SF, October, 1957.) Uninteresting tale, based on "Jungle Book".
--The Napolean Crime, 1983. (novelette) (Analog, March, 1983.) Average story involving Hokas incited to the point to armed conflict.
--Star Prince Charlie, 1983. (novel) (Star Prince Charlie, 1983.) Decent full-length story, with different main character than previous tales.
The stories are arranged chronologically at the front of the omnibus. The novel, which features completely different characters from Alex and Tanni Jones on a completely different planet from Toka, is positioned at the end. The central character is a young Scottish aristocrat named Charlie (a Stuart, no less!) who has a series of misadventures with his Hoka tutor and a number of other colorful aliens. He is more or less forced to lead a rebellion to put things right. It is mildly amusing, I suppose. But I have to ask... Who but Poul Anderson would give a rat's behind about a Scottish Stuart leading a succesful revolt in the distant future on an obscure planet?
Yes, I like the Hoka stories. But I do not like them equally well. The first half-dozen tales are the liveliest and the freshest. The later stories are a bit more uneven. Some go on a bit too long. Some repeat old punchlines. Some are a bit routine. Not all. But some. My ratings are: _Earthman's Burden_, an enthusiastic five stars; _Star Prince Charlie_, three stars; _Hoka!_, four stars; Global score, four stars.
My reservations are small ones. The publishers did a good service in keeping stories about these furry little rascals in print.
This book is an anthology containing all of the Hoka stories written by Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson. That’s right, ALL of the hilarious stories from the books “Hoka! Hoka! Hoka!” and “Hokas Pokas!” are included in this one great book!
Each of these stories is literally laugh out loud funny, with lots of action thrown in. Most story collections out there are a mix good and not-so-good stories, but that is not the case with this book, all of the stories are hilarious! This is a great book, one that I highly recommend to everyone!
I had "Star Prince Charle" in a fading-ink falling-apart paperback, and the opportunity to get it in hardcover at an affordable price was too good to pass up!