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Perseus Spur (Rampart Worlds #1)

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  537 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
A major new science fiction series from bestselling author Julian May. 'I was living in pleasant anonymity under the name of Helmut Icicle, taking smartass sport-divers out on holocam trips around the reefs of Kedge-Lockaby. Fourteen thousand light years away from civilization, K-L's a freesoil planet way out in the boondocks, and that's the way I like it: it makes life ea ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 1999)
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Oct 12, 2007 Eh?Eh! rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: babble-added
a great writer, all fiction but heavy on the science, reading her books makes me feel kind of intelligent

the future is controlled by corporations, money takes precedence over principle, there's extreme social stratification and aliens abound. we join our flawed hero, long after he'd been thrust from the height to the lowest depth of society, as he's pulled back into the jungle. humph, i managed to make it sound boring. it's a fun & fast read despite my description, worth trying
The Perseus Spur was the very first space opera I found on my own. I was in my late teens or early 20s and had just torn through Contact by Carl Sagan, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card at the recommendation of friends. I'd managed to discover the Fantasy genre on my own at my high school library thanks to CJ Cherryh's Angel with the Sword catching my eye. Since letting interesting sounding titles had worked out well with me then, I used t ...more
Sep 17, 2011 Willis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good sci-fi book. This story is what sci-fi should be about. Everyone lumps fantasy stories in with sci-fi and they shouldn't be. I consider this book to be classic space opera. It is about traveling between planets and solar systems and encountering alien beings. The author does a good job of making the science part plausible without letting it get in the way of the story. It enhances the plot very well, which is what science is supposed to do in sci-fi. His characters are perhaps a little ...more
I suppose the story was all right, and I rather like the worldbuilding. The romance was pretty stupid, though, and sort of ruined it for me.
I guess it would also have been easier to read in English.
Andrew Huey
Feb 28, 2015 Andrew Huey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a pretty good sci-fi adventure. Not too long. Well-written, with likable characters. I'm looking forward to reading the next two books in the series.
Gregory Sotir
Aug 07, 2011 Gregory Sotir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second read over a few years back. Still a hard-hitting space noir! Where's Helmut Icicle when you need him?
Jul 10, 2008 Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, z2006
Interesting and unique storyline with some really good characters.
Jan 11, 2017 Fayley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-loan
I was disappointed in this. After a good start, our hero becomes an annoying know-it-all and the "banter" becomes forced and falls flat. I skimmed from about half way to the end. The middle section just dragged and dragged and had a transactional feel to it. Not recommended.
Simon Mcleish
Jul 06, 2012 Simon Mcleish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in April 2000.

Compared to the imaginative Galactic Milieu framework which ties together May's earlier novels, the background to The Perseus Spur is unambitious. The novel itself is accessible and enjoyable, and is basically an undemanding thriller with a science fiction setting.

The major powers in this book, the first in a series, are not governments but immense corporations, the Hundred Concerns. Even companies which are not considered important enough to be
Craig Smith
May 20, 2011 Craig Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been doing a reading challenge and been updating my progress as I go along. So here are my thoughts at different stages in the book.

Page 21: I've had this trilogy of books for a long time and been looking forward to reading them for quite a while. The first book hasn't disappointed so far. A down on his luck ex-government official who was targeted for exposing corruption has fled to a far out of reach distant world. After washing away his sorrows and
Mar 19, 2015 Catsalive rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
Most enjoyable. I'm not a big SF fan but this was fairly light on the techobabble so I just enjoyed the action & adventure. Fun and frolics on a grand scale with a likeable hero.
Julian May is noted for her two long, complex, and interlinked science-fantasy sagas, the Pliocene Exile and the Galactic Milieu series. Perseus Spur opens the more light-hearted Rampart Worlds sequence, which is full of colorful planetary descriptions and slam-bang action. This future galaxy is dominated b
Sep 11, 2015 Peter rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got a big bunch of science fiction and fantasy books of a relative dwindling down his collection. Part of this were the Rampart Worlds books of Julian May. So, time to try the first part of this 3 part series to see if I want to keep them.

In the past I've read (and even re-read) The Many-Coloured Land by Julian May, which I really liked, so I started with good hopes in this book. Either my standards & tastes are different now, or this is not as good.

The writing is mediocre. The mixture of
While the Exiles Saga and the Galactic Milieu Trilogy are among my favorites, May has for a far less grandiose approach here. The characters are well rounded and her elegant prose flows smoothly. Unfortunately, the story is not very engaging. Still worth a read, especially as the third book is qualitatively above the first two. My main problem with the novels is that May is just a bit too in love with the main character, and he seems to be good at everything. There’s never any big question that ...more
Mar 02, 2016 Karl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I must say I was disappointed in this first book of a SF trilogy. While May is obviously talented at creating worlds (Pliocene Exile and Galactic Milieu series), she seemed to phoning it in here. Her characters come off as flat, and the conflict doesn't justify an entire book, let alone two more books. This novel may be of more interest to readers who like Dashiell Hammett, or a bit of humor, but it just didn't work for me.
Dec 23, 2014 Conal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a longtime fan of the author's other works but had never picked this one up and it turned out to be a little bit of a disappointment. The premise of the book sounded good but I did not really find any of the characters within the book very enjoyable and this is probably why I did not like this one as much as expected.

3 stars for a good premise but not one I am going to out in my favorites.
Karen Serquinia
Oct 01, 2011 Karen Serquinia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Science fiction that focuses on people - not just the technology or futuristic environment is my favorite. Julian May has long been one of my favorite science fiction authors because she tells human stories in futuristic circumstances.

Now Amazon needs to make the rest of this series available for Kindle. I don't get it - why only book one??? Or Julian May's other works?
Feb 12, 2012 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining. I seemed to enjoy it more than I can give a reason for. Maybe because I'd just finished reading a book about economics, so something less seri ous suited me. It's more "light reading" than is more common for me... A romp through interstellar corporate intrigue & adventure.
Karen Serquinia
Jul 25, 2011 Karen Serquinia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the characters that Julian May creates, and the stories are always full of very plausible-sounding space travel stuff. Fun to read and full of provoking thoughts.
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Pseudonym Ian Thorne, J.C. May, Lee N. Falconer.
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