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Night Walk

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  178 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
For 'refusing to co-operate' the Emm Luther Special Police took out Earth agent Sam Tallon's eyes and imprisoned him on a dark and eerie swamp from which nobody ever escaped.

But then Tallon invented a way of seeing - ludicrous, agonizing, yet still a way to make escape possible. He 'saw' through the eyes of a bird. A dog, a woman guard and, later, even saw himself through
Mass Market Paperback, 188 pages
Published May 1987 by Gollancz (first published September 1967)
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C.M. Muller
Jul 17, 2013 C.M. Muller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In some alternate universe, Bob Shaw is receiving all the praise that in this world has been accorded to Philip K. Dick. If you think PKD is mind-shatteringly brilliant, then I suggest you try the works of BoSh. "Night Walk" is as good a place as any to start. A fantastic writer who should be far more recognized.
Sep 30, 2008 Ubik rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SF fans wanting a quick fun read
Ambitious and entertaining, but I will admit, actually quite silly and unbelievable in a lot of parts. There are also things that just werent explained.

After being blinded by an enemy interstellar agent, Sam Tallon (our hero) goes to a prison on the planet Emm Luther where he invents, with the help of another blind prisoner, a goggle set that will allow a blind person to "see" through another being's eyes (read: human, bird, dog, rat, anything with a set of working eyes). The concept is extrem
Jan 04, 2016 John rated it liked it
This novel built a world very well - and the characterisation of the main character was good. However, I felt that it suffered from the classic sci-fi problems of 2D secondary characters (their only motivations were to help or hinder the MC) and co-incidences (ie meeting people who can take him directly to where he needs to go / know the person he needs to see - on the scale of an entire city this is unlikely.)

Apr 29, 2015 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi
1977 grade A (pretty sure I read it twice)
David Finney
Sep 23, 2014 David Finney rated it really liked it
A wonderful tale of space and spies.
Jul 10, 2012 David rated it really liked it
'To see ourselves as others see us' was never interpreted more literally, or with greater narrative effect. This is a science fiction thriller that shows Bob Shaw at his ingenious best - deft characterisation, strong plot, intriguing ideas, and that much-prized moment of cosmic revelation at the end. The idea of a blind man escaping from a very secure penal colony is so improbable that one suspects Shaw set himself a kind of ultimate challenge: 'Can I make this credible?' He did.
Francis Franklin
Sep 16, 2012 Francis Franklin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
I loved this when I read it, and for years I've wanted to read it again. All I could remember was the idea of the blind man breaking out of prison with special glasses, and only managed to discover it again early this year. It certainly has faults, but I love the inventiveness and the vision. Definitely old-school sci-fi, but that's why it's great.
Sean Llewellyn Williams
Dec 22, 2013 Sean Llewellyn Williams rated it really liked it
Four stars for being an old favourite that stood the test of time. It's dated, but still delightful. All the more wonderful for reading it in an old Gollancz yellow jacket edition given to me by a friend. (Thanks, Jeff!)
Scott Golden
Feb 18, 2014 Scott Golden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another strong first novel by a science fiction writer that very few people these days know about.
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Periplo Nocturno es un libro ambicioso, con una premisa muy atractiva pero plagado de clichés y un romance metido a la fuerza que no aporta mucho a la trama.

Jan 14, 2012 TakoNeko rated it really liked it
À découvrir, un bon classique de la S.F.
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Wonderfull book even in re-reading
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Bob Shaw was born in Northern Ireland. After working in structural engineering, industrial public relations, and journalism he became a full time science fiction writer in 1975.

Shaw was noted for his originality and wit. He was two-time recipient (in 1979 and 1980) of the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer. His short story Light of Other Days was a Hugo Award nominee in 1967, as was his novel The Rag
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