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Through the Eye of a Needle (Needle #2)

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  147 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Time was running out for Bob Kinnaird. Without much warning, the Hunter - the green protoplasmic alien that lived inside him and cured all his ills - had suddenly become his destroyer. Day by day Bob grew weaker and weaker, but only specialists from the Hunter's distant world would know what was wrong with him and, more importantly, how to save him. But the only way search ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 197 pages
Published May 12th 1979 by Del Rey (first published 1978)
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Benjamin Thomas
Dec 22, 2015 Benjamin Thomas rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This sequel novel to Needle, was written and published in 1978, some 29 years after its predecessor but takes place only a few years later. The main character, Bob Kinnaird has completed his college degree and returned to his Polynesian island home to confront and get help for what has become all too obvious: his alien symbiont and friend (the Hunter) has lingered too long in his host body and is leading to the complete deterioration and breakdown of Bob’s body. What follows is a concerted effor ...more
Eric Herboso
Sep 05, 2012 Eric Herboso rated it really liked it
Great mystery novel, but such horrid sexism! Sure, Clement does a moderately good job of insisting that the alien be completely fair to both sexes, but the human characters (male and female) are all horribly in need of taking a few feminism classes. Then again, the story is set in 1949 and was probably written not long after that date, so at least the author is portraying the humans in a more or less realistic way, even if they don't garner any respect from me.

The setting, story, and mystery in
Simon Ford
Apr 15, 2016 Simon Ford rated it liked it
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May 17, 2015 Rachel rated it it was ok
This book concept was unique, but the delivery was poor, honestly. It was a continuation of another story, about a man who entered into a symbiotic relationship with an alien being, named the Hunter, who basically could absorb himself into the tissues of hosts and speak to them through their eardrums. This book (and I admit I've only read part 2, because part 1 is out of print) focuses on the Hunter's attempt to contact his people to get help curing Bob's (the host's) dying body.

I felt it had b
Lis Carey
Aug 12, 2013 Lis Carey rated it really liked it
Audible Frontiers, February 2013 (original print publication 1978)

Seven years ago, Bob Kinnaird, high school student, encountered Hunter, a green protoplasmic glob of an alien, and became his host. Hunter is a police detective chasing a criminal, and he and his quarry have both crashed on Earth and are stranded. Since the quarry's crime is callous disregard for his hosts and placing them in danger, tracking him down and stopping him on a planet full of suitable but wholly unaware hosts is even m
This was all over the place. Once again, I found the characters to be stiff, the interactions between them unrealistic and frankly, none of the characters are really all that likable. (view spoiler) ...more
Leland Gilsen
Aug 06, 2015 Leland Gilsen rated it really liked it
sequel to needle... would make a good motion picture of second part of a mini-series. A real keeper.
Norman Howe
May 22, 2015 Norman Howe rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Sequel to Needle.
Jul 29, 2012 Curtiss rated it it was amazing
A Sci-Fi murder mystery where both the detective and the criminal are shape-changing symbiotes capable of occupied and taking control of a willing or unwilling human 'host'.

Hal Clement was a master at exploring extreme physical conditions through the medium of science fiction, but with a hard science rational to support his speculations. In this cse the extreme condition is the human metabolism and psyche - enjoy!
Jul 05, 2012 Greta rated it really liked it

A fun, quick read with a sudden resolution. Reminded me very much of the "weird happenings explained all at once" tendencies of gothic and noir. Gotta find the first one now!
Will Boncher
Oct 01, 2010 Will Boncher rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Great followup to Needle. I wasn't sure if he'd be able to keep it as interesting as the first one, since we're already well-introduced to his companion, but he made it work.
Jan 29, 2013 Charl rated it really liked it
Shelves: y2013
I love Clement's writing, and this sequel to needle is as good as Needle.
Steve Joyce
Nov 15, 2013 Steve Joyce rated it liked it
I would have enjoyed Through the Eye of a Needle better as an adolescent.
Nov 06, 2014 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi
1980 Grade B. Book B2.
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Harry Clement Stubbs better known by the pen name Hal Clement , was an American science fiction writer and a leader of the hard science fiction subgenre.

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