The Big Time

Published: 1958
Language: English
Wordcount: 40,129 / 119 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.3
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,659
Added to site: 2010.05.05
mnybks.net#: 27619
Origin: gutenberg.org
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You can't know there's a war on—for the Snakes coil and Spiders weave to keep you from knowing it's being fought over your live and dead body!

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sleeps back, endangering the West's whole victory over Russia--"

"--which gave your dear little Hitler the world on a platter for fifty years and got me loved to death by your sterling troops in the Liberation of Chicago--"

"--but which leads to the ultimate victory of the Spiders and the West over the Snakes and Communism, Liebchen, remember that. Anyway, our counter-snatch didn't work. The Snakes had guards posted--most unusual and we weren't warned. The whole thing was a great mess. No wonder Bruce lost his head--not that it excuses him."

"The New Boy?" I asked. Sid hadn't got to him and he was still standing with hooded eyes where Erich had left him, a dark pillar of shame and rage.

"Ja, a lieutenant from World War One. An Englishman."

"I gathered that," I told Erich. "Is he really effeminate?"

"Weibischer?" He smiled. "I had to call him something when he said I was a coward. He'll make a fine Soldier--only needs a little more shaping."<

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Average Rating of 2 from 3 reviews: **
2014.10.10
Lisa Carr
***..

A mildly interesting idea of wars across time and space, constantly changing history. The wars are fought by demons against zombies--the names given to resurrected people and aliens used as pawns by the unseen controllers: the Snakes and Spiders.
Stuck inside the time winds are bubbles: hospitals and entertainment areas free from space and time. At such a rest area three soldiers show up. One carrying a nuclear bomb.
The story is a bit claustrophobic, in that it all takes place in the R&R area. Several of the characters are distinctive, including the narrator, the Nazi, the poet, the Lunarian, and the proprietor, but the story does drag in places.

2010.11.02
Dick Thornton
**...

Mr. Leiber is one of my favorite SF writers of old, so it is painful to have to say this is not a very good story, in my opinion. It started out pretty well, but the dialog and repetition began to bore me so that I had almost given up by the halfway point. But about there, it got a bit more interesting for a little while, so I continued, but it went downhill to a lackluster ending.

2010.05.10
bhold
*....

A note on this review - this was so bad that I only completed 25% of the book. So it is possible that 26% through 100% is one of the great works of SF, but somehow I doubt it. Presumably this is a story about warring factions of time travelers, battling to control the destiny of the universe. Interesting idea but the rambling, boring, confusing narrative shut me down early.


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