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The Game of X

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The Game of X was loosely adapted as the 1981 Disney film, Condorman: Sheckley also wrote the novelization of this film.
Say "gesundheit" to the spy who came in from the cold & get set for the intrigue novel to end all.
"Combines ironic wit with suspense to remarkable effect."--John Le Carre
Here is a spy-tangled novel of undercover misadventure that goes from Paris to...more
Paperback, 159 pages
Published September 1980 by Ace Books (first published 1965)
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Poor old Robert Sheckley - it doesn't pay to be too far ahead of the curve. He wrote zany SF romps like Mindswap and Dimension of Miracles, and only a few fans took any notice. Then Douglas Adams did pretty much the same thing and became a global brand. Adams was probably as surprised as anyone to see what had happened, and to his credit was open about the extent to which he'd been inspired by Sheckley.

Well, if it had only been the SF. In this utterly forgotten book, written when Mike Myers was...more
Aunque sea más conocido como autor de ciencia ficción, Robert Sheckley también escribió unas cuantas novelas de espías. "The game of X" fue publicada en España por la editorial Molino dentro de su "Biblioteca Oro espionaje" como "El agente X en acción".

La historia es bastante típica: al protagonista de encargan la misión de sacar de Venecia a un agente enemigo que quiere desertar. Es el "Agente X" el espía más importante del mundo, capaz de luchar y pilotar cualquier tipo de vehículo, capaz de s...more
Glenn Whelan
The game of X came to my attention, not through Sheckley's noted science fiction novels, but rather through the surreal Disney film CONDORMAN. Since my first viewing of that film I wondered what could possibly come from a novel that would warrant a title card in the opening credits.

Well, the book is a very quick read. Missing from the print adventure is any mention of the hero's animation career and his journey into a flying superhero. rather, this book is a breezy, taut take on the James Bond h...more
This was actually a "desert island" book for me in the 1980s, when I was living in a foreign land with 3 books, Game of X and two Lovecraft anthologies. They were a lifeline, and I wanted to see what Game of X is like now. I still think it's a rollicking good moves along briskly, with a perfect mix of fun and excitement.
A lost favourite from my long-ago childhood days--- days when you really could get "007" after-shave and cologne and kids got toy "spy briefcases" with toy disassemblable sniper's rifles for Xmas.

"The Game of X" is Robt. Sheckley's brilliant comic spy thriller--- and it does work both as a thriller and as a send-up of Bond-like tales. Sheckley's hero is a slacker ex-pat whose fabulations land him a world full of spies and assassins...and who fakes and talks and lucks his way into hilarious succ...more
Erik Graff
Feb 14, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sheckley fans
Recommended to Erik by: Rick Strong
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Rick Strong, the New Yorker who lived next to Rich Hyde and me in Loose Hall at Grinnell College during our freshman year, got me into Sheckley initially as he directed me towards so many authors, most of them known for science fiction, many of them known for off-beat humor. Rick was pretty funny himself and should have explored publishing some of his inventions rather than aiming to become Jack Bruce.

Unlike most of Sheckley's work, this is not science fiction but a silly parody of the spy novel...more
Roz Morris
A masterclass in plotting - and in taking the mickey out of the spy genre while keeping us engaged with the character and his predicament.
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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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