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The Time Bender (Lafayette O'Leary #1)

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Draftsmen can't fight dragons.
Then again, that's usually no problem - they generally don't have to. But Lafayette O'Leary does. When an accidental overdose of self-hypnosis wrenches him out of the dull (but safe) Mrs. MacGlint's Clean Rooms and Board and deposits him in the feudal, bedragoned world of Artesia, it takes him a little while to catch on, even with the attentio
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Paperback, 248 pages
Published March 1st 1984 by Ace (first published February 1966)
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Al "Tank"
Apr 01, 2015 Al "Tank" rated it really liked it
Lafayette O'Leary is a draftsman living a boring life -- until he's catapulted (well, falls) into a fantastic world that is a mix of Medieval weapons and technology with touches of modern amenities, such as electric lights and coffee. Oh, and there's a beautiful princess too.

Sound like fun? Well, add Keith Laumer's sardonic writing style and you have a story that can't fail to be entertaining. O'Leary is more than he thought he was and stumbles from one encounter to another thinking he's only dr
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LemmiSchmoeker
Jul 25, 2016 LemmiSchmoeker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Da dieses Buch in das von mir sehr gern gelesene Genre der fein humorigen Parallelweltabenteuer fällt, fand ich es ausgesprochen kurzweilig.

Bestimmte Klischees ermüden auf Dauer, da der Leser sie nach der fünften Wiederholung längst durchschaut hat, aber Laumer schafft es meist, schnell mit einem neuen Handlungsfaden abzulenken, bevor das besonders auffallen kann. Natürlich ist die Geschichte nicht besonders tiefgreifend, aber doch überraschend komplex in ihrer Verquirlung der einzelnen Figuren.
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Valerie
This is the first Lafayette o'Leary book.

Lafayette o'Leary is something of a rogue, truth be known. He protests that he's a victim of misunderstandings...and sometimes he is. But he sets up the conditions for the misunderstandings.

At the beginning, he's also something of a lush. It's perhaps understandable that he drinks to avoid the tedium of his original life. But the fact that, having escaped to Artesia, his first plan is to go to a tavern and get roaring drunk indicates that he can't blame i
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I'm starting off writing this review w/ listening to the music of Nicolas Flagellon on Serenus Recorded Editions. He's not a favorite composer but I like these obscure academic classical labels. Uh.. where was I? Oh, yeah, Keith Laumer, my new temporary favorite SF writer - a shordurpersav in SubG lingo. Of the previous 3 bks I read by Laumer, 2 were time travel stories & one was a parallel universe travel
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Woodge
Dec 12, 2008 Woodge rated it liked it
Recommends it for: older, semi-retarded people; Republicans
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
The first time I read this was 27 years ago (I went through a dozen Keith Laumer titles back then). Feeling nostalgic again. This one is the first Lafayette O'Leary adventure (there are four). Lafayette is an aimless guy who suddenly finds himself transported to a quasi-medieval land called Artesia. In no time he gets himself in a sticky situation where he's framed for the abduction of a princess and trapped in a promise to slay the dragon controlled by a giant named Lod. Also, the court magicia ...more
John
Dec 21, 2014 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
1983 grade B-

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Lyssa
Oct 09, 2011 Lyssa rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, scifi
If this were a children's book, it would probably be pretty fantastic. As a work of science fiction (or fantasy for that matter), it disappoints. Everything from the characters, to the plot, even the writing is juvenile. If you haven't read it as a child, you probably won't enjoy it.
Chris Quenelle
Pleasant way to spend some time reading. I haven't read any other Laumer books that I know of, so not much to compare it with. I read this because a friend talked about it. This seems like a good way to start a universe-hopping series.
Peter
Fun read - typical alternate universe type story which Laumer is good at
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John Keith Laumer (9 June 1925–23 January 1993) was an American science fiction author. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he was an officer in the U.S. Air Force and a U.S. diplomat. His brother March Laumer was also a writer, known for his adult reinterpretations of the Land of Oz (also mentioned in Keith's The Other Side of Time).

Keith Laumer (aka J.K Laumer, J. Keith Laumer) is best known f
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