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The Alternative Detective (Hob Draconian #1)

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In The Alternative Detective Sheckley once again creates a mystery with a comic heart. Hob Draconian, the Alternative Detective, is, in the tradition of Roger L. Simon's The Big Fix, an aging ex-hippie turned private investigator. Still suffering from the culture shock of returning to an America he never made, with a predatory ex-wife on his back and no prospects for work, ...more
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Published December 1st 1993 by Forge (first published October 1st 1993)
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Yuriy.bylinkin
Oct 09, 2011 Yuriy.bylinkin rated it it was ok
Неужели это написал Роберт Шекли?
Герой жалок и неудачен, как и сама эта книга.
Читал долго - бросал несколько раз.
Из Шекли, каким он запомнился своими замечательными фантастическими рассказами, здесь только герой - маленький человек.
Вот собственно цитата: "Я слышал о такого сорта людях, которые, когда им скучно, например, играют в гандбол, вместо того чтобы спокойно лежать на кушетке и терпеливо ждать, когда пройдет плохое настроение, как это делают все нормальные разумные создания. Они просто ст
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Pamela
Feb 25, 2015 Pamela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
I'm a Sheckley fan, but this just didn't do it for me. I managed about 25% of the book then packed it in. Didn't care about the characters. Didn't care about the world they lived in. Didn't care about the plot. Just didn't care.
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Простенький миленький детектив, немного неожиданный для Роберта Шекли. Со своим юмором и сюжетом, но, пожалуй, сама концепция агенства Альтернатива была представленная куда лучше чем вся история связанная с ним, что очень жаль.
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One of science fiction's great humorists, Sheckley was a prolific short story writer beginning in 1952 with titles including "Specialist", "Pilgrimage to Earth", "Warm", "The Prize of Peril", and "Seventh Victim", collected in volumes from Untouched by Human Hands (1954) to Is That What People Do? (1984) and a five-volume set of Collected Stories (1991). His first novel, Immortality, Inc. (1958), ...more
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