Reviews by normb

The World That Couldn't Be

by Clifford Donald Simak

On a planet with strange humanoids and animals that are apparently sexless, a farmer goes off hunting an animal that is eating his valuable crops. The natives warn him that the "cytha" has never been hunted successfully, however, he has confidence in his hunting ability and tracks it off in the wild. But the Cytha has a big suprise in store for him.
This is a fun and clever story with droll humor and more than one suprise. Good read.

Reviewed on 2011.07.15

The Star Lord

by Boyd Ellanby

Agree with the prior reviewer. An Ok read for a pulp adventure given somewhat tenuous ties between reader and characters, and a not too tacked down story line.

Reviewed on 2011.07.15

Quest of the Golden Ape

by Gordon Randall Garrett

Well, no adventure on the high seas and not so much in this pulp adventure of parallel worlds. (the other is on the far side of the sun with the same rotation period so we can't see it). It's different; sort of like the world was like when the mongols ruled much of Asia and Europe. Warring tribes, and lots of injustice there from a nasty ruler. Wizard sends man to earth to be safe and return to straighten out the situation and avenge the destruction of his society by the bad ruler. Goes back, finds girl, Gets help (the golden apes), confronts the baddie. All Ok.

Reviewed on 2011.07.15

Deathworld

by Harry Harrison

Think "Avatar" for this novella. I suspect Cameron got some of his ideas for the film from this story.

Reviewed on 2011.06.16

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