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The Ultimax Man

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  72 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Minor hoodlum Damocles Montgomerie, whisked from the path of a speeding bullet to a concealed alien research center at the North Pole, achieves untold powers of cerebration in the course of having his brain picked by the donnish Xorialle. Once in command of his new abilities, Dammy promptly commandeers Xorialle's ship & sets out to track down the "Galactic Concensus" i ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 249 pages
Published June 1st 1987 by Baen Books (first published 1978)
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Could have been a great book, except, everything you know is wrong; this is the new reality. Actually the new reality is also wrong; here is the new new reality. And the new new reality is wrong;...

I don't really enjoy the type of story where I keep getting told that everything I was told before is wrong.
I love books where earthlings surprise the hell out of some aliens and take over the universe. Well that is not exactly what happens, but that would be telling. Irreverent in the best adjective for Laumer.
I just couldn't get into the story here. The beginning, the middle and the end were all oddly boring despite some action and so even though I finished it I wish I hadn't even started it.
Erik Graff
Sep 13, 2010 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Laumer fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
Not Laumer's best science fiction. Sort of silly really.
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John Keith Laumer (9 June 1925–23 January 1993) was an American science fiction author. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he was an officer in the U.S. Air Force and a U.S. diplomat. His brother March Laumer was also a writer, known for his adult reinterpretations of the Land of Oz (also mentioned in Keith's The Other Side of Time).

Keith Laumer (aka J.K Laumer, J. Keith Laumer) is best known f
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