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Destiny Doll

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  243 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
The Planet beckoned them from space--& closed round them like a venus Fly Trap!
Captain Mike Ross finds himself leading an interplanetary expedition to an anonymous planet that welcomes them with a homing beam & then seals shut around them. Their ship is sealed against them & they are hurled into a wholly inhospitable desert.
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Published October 1st 1982 by DAW (first published 1972)
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Oct 26, 2016 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weird batch of reviews here. *I* found this to be one of the better Simak, not only imaginative but also coherent, and also with well-developed characters. I did find myself reading more closely than I do sometimes; perhaps that's key. For example, why is Ross such a jerk? Think about it. Don't draw your conclusion too tightly until the very end. Are the hobbies robots, or not? What is the significance of the doll?

I read the cover with the pink hair and hand 'mirror' and that, too may have influ
Erik Graff
Dec 04, 2008 Erik Graff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: simak fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
This is one odd science fiction novel! I recall reading the thing while travelling in the Mercy Mission van through the wintry countryside considerably north and west of Chicago--probably up to the place where we received our training to teach sex education classes to our boys back on Racine and Jackson. The sentient hobby horse characters, when introduced, brought me up short and I failed to appreciate the allegorical intent--if there was any--of the novel.
Stephen Hermer
Jan 01, 2011 Stephen Hermer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was the book that made me a Simak fan. It had a terrible cover (an ugly wooden doll tumbling over a desert) and a lousy name, so I avoided reading until I was laid up after surgery and ran out of other books to read.

When I finally did read it, I loved everything about it. The main character's cynical outlook, the quest/journey (a common theme in Simak's books), Hoot, the alien technologies and view points... all of it.
Mark Robinson
Sep 18, 2015 Mark Robinson rated it liked it
If not for all the "talent" and compassion around him, our hero would have gone nowhere and done nothing. That, and all his "yelling" at everyone kind of makes it a Deus ex Machina with lots of screaming. But the story overcomes these shortcomings enough to make it enjoyable from start to finish.
Steve Rainwater
Jan 11, 2017 Steve Rainwater rated it really liked it
This is a classic Simak quest story with religious and philosophic undertones. A wealthy woman hires a fugitive space captain to pilot her ship on a search for a legendary missing explorer. Helping them in the search are a blind telepath and a religious man. The search leads them to a planet in a star system outside our galaxy. After landing, they find themselves trapped on the planet, which seems to have been intentionally designed to draw in explorers and kill them. They befriend a squid-like ...more
Matteo Pellegrini
Jan 22, 2014 Matteo Pellegrini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantascienza

Sospeso ai confini dell'universo, senza nome, senza principio e senza fine, un pianeta bianco gravita intorno a una stella sconosciuta, nella fiammeggiante regione cosmica dei grandi ammassi globulari. E da questo mondo una leggenda, un mormorio, una speranza, si diffondono in tutta la Via Lattea, alle frontiere dei nuovi mondi, nei luoghi dove i vecchi navigatori degli spazi, pieni di delusioni e di sogni, si riuniscono per narrare storie bizzarre, nate quasi tutte da lunghi anni di solitudine

Amanda Nuchols
Jun 01, 2010 Amanda Nuchols rated it it was ok
I'm not sure if I can actually pinpoint where this book went wrong. I really wanted to love it, but there is just too much wrong with it to be anything other than a rather crappy dime-store SciFi in the end. The underlying story is great and a rather original idea for a book written in 1971, but Simak fails miserably at presenting it in a coherent and interesting manner. Perhaps it is the complete indifference the reader feels toward all of the characters. Perhaps it is the way the main characte ...more
Feb 23, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Simak fans and lovers of weird
A blind man navigates an interplanetary journey for himself, a priest, a huntress, and a mercenary pilot based on the directions from the imaginary friend in his head. The pilot thinks the blind man is quite mad until a beacon leads guides them onto the planet the blind man has been searching for. The city they land in seems strangely empty. The buildings are all extremely tall and coated in a hard white substance. The trees of the city are even taller. They're soon greeted by robotic hobby hors ...more
Oct 13, 2014 Arthur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What does one expect in a scifi novel? What can we get from reading scifi? This is just one of the books I've read so far by Clifford Simak. I think They Walked Like Men was excellent in how he describes the invading aliens. Here, he was very imaginative and, his ideas are very clear. Much like a H.G. Wells, Clifford Simak can make belief from a simple scientific idea and making it seem real. Destiny Doll was not the everything a mild reader will seek for food for thought; it has character, its ...more
Oct 10, 2016 Alien rated it liked it
A space ship captain is hired by a female big game hunter to track down a legendary guy who is lost somewhere in the galaxy. With the help of a telepathic blind man who has contact to the telepathic robot owned by the target person they can spot him. But they fall into a trap on a planet with gargantuan trees and robot horses and centaurs and monsters and ...

If I recount the story here, it sounds more than a bit crazy. Tons of weird ideas that are not developed properly. New story elements are a
Jun 09, 2012 Jared rated it it was ok
Not the strongest Simak. It's weird and fascinating at first, but the characters are so annoying and unlikable it's hard to really care about the story. It's a lot of one weird thing after another rather than a coherent plot. Skip it.
Apr 08, 2013 Pzikmanis rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite book. I can read over and over.
May 07, 2015 John rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
1982 grade C-
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Aug 17, 2011 Annie Flanders rated it it was amazing
This is one of my all time FAVOURITE Clifford Simak Books.
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