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"72% of off-world visitors to Anarchaos in the last ten years disappeared without trace and are presumed to have been murdered," the guide told Rolf Malone. "Customs reports you're carrying a surprising assortment of weapons, for which you had no believable explanation. Don't try to beat these people, Malone - you're on their ground, playing by their rules."
"No," Malone s...more
Mass Market Paperback, F-421, 143 pages
Published 1967 by Ace Books
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Tim Williams
This was an odd read. It sounded like the typical "trying to be different" classic SF book and if that was the goal it succeeded. But it was different in that it was more of a pulp action/adventure that just happened to get set in a futuristic world. I gave it a four because I wasn't really sure what else to give it. It's different. It's almost 180 degrees out of phase with say Heinlein or such. So in the end it was fresh and easy to read. Still very dated in some ways. And some chapters just le...more
This reads far more like a crime novel than a science fiction novel, which makes sense as "Clark" is Westlake, an author know for his crime novels. It is of interest in that it is the rare science fiction novel that does not espouse libertarianism but instead roundly condemns anarchist ideology.
I have a soft spot for this book, as I found a dog-eared copy that my mom had buried in the linen closet. An engaging story, an interesting political background, and a very satisfying conclusion.
Superb SF adventure novel with a mystery by the grandmaster himself, Donald Westlake.
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