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The Alien Upstairs
Pamela Sargent
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The Alien Upstairs

2.84  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Chiun knows a secret and he isn't even telling Remo, the Destroyer, whom he has taught all his skills and loves as a son--because America has committed a sin against him he cannot pardon. They are in Africa, where feuds that have smoldered over centuries are being resolved by death and massacre. But how many deaths? And why? The facts are bizarre. In a Baltimore cemetery a ...more
Published July 31st 1998 by (first published January 1st 1983)
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Devra Carmical
Well-written and, at first, engaging. No issues with overused favorite words or expressions, free of gross grammatical error, etc. Characters are very well-developed, especially for such a short novel. The author is efficient! However, there is a desert of nothing around the middle of the story where something should be: a hole, rife with possibility, where the reader's imagination must supply everything. The ending is weakened by this, but overall it was entertaining. You can read the whole boo ...more
Well written, but slower paced and less action than in Sargent's other books. Maybe she planned on writing a sequel, but lacking that, this volume comes across as oddly existential. Probably best for curious fans of Pamela Sargent.
Jul 11, 2015 Mimi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A more or less simple story with an interesting plot and ideas and a refreshingly female protagonist. Reminds me of an episode of original Star Trek drawn out to book length.
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Pamela Sargent has won the Nebula Award, the Locus Award, and has been a finalist for the Hugo Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the Sidewise Award for alternate history. In 2012, she was honored with the Pilgrim Award by the Science Fiction Research Association for lifetime achievement in science fiction scholarship. She is the author of the novels Cloned Lives, The Sudden Star, Wa ...more
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