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Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future (Santiago #1)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  1,017 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Bandit, murderer, known to all, seen by none...has he killed a thousand men? Has he saved a dozen world? His legend is as large as the Rim itself, his trail as elusive as a wisp of starlight in the empty realms of space. The reward for him is the largest in history.
Paperback, 376 pages
Published August 15th 1992 by Tor Books (first published March 1986)
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Mike (the Paladin)
I didn't know what I was getting into here... Let me go out on a limb here. While I don't intend to give a spoiler (I like this book so I wouldn't ruin it for you) I suspect many if not most people who have read quite a lot will see where the book is going and it's surprise won't really be a surprise. That said even if you do spot it, it's worth the ride.

You will I suspect be right at home here if you've r4ead much science fiction. This is another western/science fiction novel where all the face
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Stephen
4.5 to 5.0 stars. Mike Resnick's books are always a ton of fun and this one is among my favorites. Bigger than life characters chasing around the "Outer Frontier" of Resnick's remarkable universe (in which all of his books take place within) in search of the mythical "Santiago." I basically read it straight through and really enjoyed it. Highly recommended.

Nominee: Locus Award Best SF Novel (10th)
Michael
A friend recommended this to me, saying that "Santiago" reminded him of "Firefly." Being the Joss Whedon obsessed fan that I am, I was immediately intrigued so I picked up a copy of this and the sequel novel, "The Return of Santiago."

And now that I've read half of the saga (which, thankfully "Santiago" is a self contained book), I'm not sure I'm in any kind of hurry to pick up the next installment. It's not that "Santiago" is necessarily a bad book--it's not. It's just not necessarily a great bo
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The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
Three Stars

Good story with a different feel than most Science Fiction.

On the good side, there were colourful characters, and an interesting back story. This reminded me of a the Clint Eastwood Bounty Hunter Spagetti Westerns like "A Few Dollars More" and "A Fist Full of Dollars." The setting reminded me very much of Josh Whedon's "Fifefly" Tv Series (And "Serenity" the Motion Picture follow-up). Basically this story could have been set in any story-adventure world, fantasy, modern, future. It ha
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Eileen
The story is about the elusive and most feared Santiago and how Sebastian Cain aka The Songbird travels the galaxy to hunt down and kill Santiago to collect the large bounty on his head. On his journey Cain comes across the most entertaining characters who may or may not help him in finding the elusive Santiago.

Overall this was an entertaining book. The beginning was a little confusing for me, having to get straight all the characters and their names and how they fit into the story.
Craig
This is another of my favorites, and in my opinion is Resnick's best story and contains his best writing by far. The book is filled with larger-than-life characters crafted to be similar to Paul Bunyan or Johnnie Appleseed, and the whole thing blends and builds to a wonderful mythic climax.
Diane Chen
From Amazon, August 27, 2006: If I could give this a 6-star rating, I would.

I tend to prefer fantasy, with medieval-type settings, with some magic or things of similar nature. This book doesn't even come close, and yet it is one of my favorite books; one of only a handful that I enjoy re-reading.

It starts out as a corny space opera/wild-west style story. You might groan, thinking you have picked up one of the silliest stereotyped stories ever written. (I did, the first time I read it). And yet
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Adrian
Siempre han existido dos maneras de vivir, una libre y otra sometido al orden…
Este libro nos cuenta la historia de ese Universo futuro donde coexisten de manera más o menos pacifica esos dos estilos de vida… La Democracia impone su orden a los mundos humanos y domina a los alienígenas, pero en la Frontera aún se vive de manera libre como en el antiguo oeste americano… Forajidos, cazarecompensas, colonos, timadores, jugadores, predicadores, proscritos…; mundos y mundos que viven al margen y que s
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Benjamin Newland
Dear Kenny,

Thanks for your last letter. Glad I could remind you of a favorite novel from long ago, and I’m glad to have joined the club of “People that read the *%^#ing classics” as you so eloquently put it.

Got another one for you, not quite as old, and not quite as famous, but so much fun. Have you heard of Mike Resnick? He’s written quite a few books, none of which I had read before I picked up Santiago. This is another recommendation from Card’s interview with GoodReads. In the interview he t
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Alex
I can't understand what all the fuss is about with this book. Fantasy Review said:

“Santiago is a first-class space opera, maybe the best ever written.”

Other people kept referring to "larger than life characters", still others said it was the best book they'd ever read and that the plot twist was magnificent.

Well, all that seems like a good endorsement. I started reading, 30% into the book I found it boring and not first-class at all. I kept waiting for the "larger than life characters" to appea
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David
I’m not sure when my desire to be a writer first sparked, but I can tell you when it roared into full flame; it was the day Mike Resnick spoke at my high school. I was a junior, and I’d been a voracious reader for years. I’d even written a short story for my English class, taught by one of my favorite teachers, Mrs. Henry. It might have been Mrs. Henry who arranged Resnick’s visit.

To be perfectly honest, the thing that sealed the deal for me was Mike talking about how he slept as late as he want
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Roger
You gotta love a book with character names such as: "Sebastian Nightingale Cain" aka "The Songbird", "The Angel", "Poor Yorick", "Jolly Swagman", "Man-Mountain Bates", "Virtue McKenzie" aka the "Virgin Queen", and "Moonripple". And all of these colorful characters want to know where the uber criminal/terrorist "Santiago" currently resides. Some want to kill him, others want to kiss him, many want to capture him, one wants to steal from him and another wants to interview him. Resnick broke the mo ...more
Bill Rogers
I read this book years ago and enjoyed it. Now I've re-read it. Usually when I do that the magic is gone. Not this time. I might be more impressed with Santiago this time than I was before.

Hard science fiction it ain't. The reader knows that the characters travel planet to planet aboard starships because Resnick says so, but that's almost as much detail as he gives.

No, this isn't a book about space technology. It's about myths; how they are made, how they are spread, and how they are kept.

Sebas
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Siddhant Mohalanobish
If the world were just dime-store westerns, this book would be rated as a five-out-of-five dime-store western.

At its heart, this book is just a western novel ... "In Space". Space, as a theme, isn't explored and is just used by the author as an excuse to introduce deus-ex-machinas, exotic locales, and the like without having to actually flesh them out -- "Because Space". The book could've just as well been set elsewhere- maybe the fantasy world of Wild Wild West (starring Will Smith as Black Orp
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Avani
Aug 26, 2008 Avani rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Firefly
This would also have been a 4.5 star review if I could, but I rounded up because the book was just so much fun. I don't like most comedies, even under the guise of science fiction, but this book manages to be light-hearted (there are a lot of deaths) and funny while still maintaining a serious undercurrent and not overusing puns and popular culture references. I also liked the ending. Overall, the book is warm, fuzzy, simple, and fun. Highly recommended.
Jeffrey
All fluff and no substance. Lauded for "larger than life" characters, I found most of them to be boorish cardboard cutouts of characters. The scenes are hardly described and bland, the best ideas and people are left to languish. There's (view spoiler)

Lauded for being fun, I imagine m
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Les
It has to be said that Mike Resnick writes very enjoyable, fun and entertaining stories and this is no exception. Santiago is the second full-length novel in the 'Birthright' universe that I've read where Man has spread across/infested the galaxy and I can see why it's such a popular book with sci-fi fans. It's a space-opera with a distinct 'Western' feel, with outlaws, gamblers, drunks and bounty hunters all involved in the affairs of Man across the space that he shares with various other senti ...more
Ron
Good book, Fresh--if obvious--plot twist. Not so much SF or fantasy as a horse opera set in space, but that worked for George Lucas.

Liked using the verses of doggerel as a devise for propelling and explaining the plot. (Especially cute that almost all were admitted to be in error.)
Arlene Allen
Way before Firefly - this is an awesome combination of myth, spaghetti western, and space opera.
John
Dec 11, 2009 John is currently reading it
Not every hero starts out that way. Not every bad guy is a bad person.
George
Ένα απολαυστικό, διασκεδαστικό και περιπετειώδες space opera μυθιστόρημα, το οποίο διαδραματίζεται... παντού. Το σύμπαν είναι αχανές, γεμάτο με πολλά πλανητικά συστήματα, με χιλιάδες πλανήτες, μικρούς και μεγάλους, με μικρές και χαώδεις αποστάσεις μεταξύ τους, και με διάφορα είδη εξωγήινων.

Τι γίνεται στην ιστορία; Ένας χαμός! Σε γενικές γραμμές, έχουμε διάφορους τύπους, όπως κυνηγούς κεφαλών, δολοφόνους, δημοσιογράφους, ληστές, συλλέκτες έργων τέχνης και ένα κάρο άλλους, που στήνουν συμφωνίες μ
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Brendan
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's exactly as mythical as the title implies, a space western in the classic vein of American tall tales. The plot, the characters, the dialog, all go down beat for beat exactly as you'd expect.

What makes it good is the way in which this familiar and formulaic story is executed. It's hard to describe, but every character is note-perfect, behaving entirely consistent to their role or archetype. Most books have a moment or two of confusion, where characters are sub
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Nich Weidman
Slight confession: This book has been one of my favorites since I first discovered it as a kid, and I've read it maybe 10 times, so I may be a bit biased at this point.

In some ways, this book bites off more than it can chew - honestly, the end is a bit rushed and falls together a bit too easily - but it largely succeeds at what it is trying to do. Resnick has always been, at heart, a Western fan who writes sci-fi. This book is based in a universe that manages to be Firefly years before Firefly w
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Mathew Walls
A cast of unlikeable characters and a central premise that defies believability. The "twist" at the end is incredibly obvious and the only thing that makes you even suspect that it might not turn out that way is that the characters all seem to be stupid enough to not think of it.

Basically, the book is about bounty hunters going after a legendary criminal known as Santiago. But no one knows what he looks or sounds like, what his real name is, where he's from or even what crimes he's actually link
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Gary Holt
A really interesting set of characters; the colorful characters kept me reading to the very end, even though this sort of novel (kind of a wild west, transposed out into space) is not my usual favorite.

As you get further into the novel, you start to realize there are some interesting moral questions, which turn in the end into a fascinating conclusion. Not at all what I expected from this novel, but I liked it. A lot.
Adam
Jan 31, 2014 Adam rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: ebook
If you enjoyed "Firefly", you should read this.

Is "Santiago" predictable. If you've ever seen a western or western pastiche, yes. Is it still awesome? Yes. The framing device of the ballad of the Rim is fantastic. The legend of Santiago is well written. The characters are only two dimensional, but in this kind of tale, you're not looking for more.

Read it.
Josh
Santiago is the sci-fi equivalent of a Wild West manhunt with spaceships taking the part of horses, laser pistols standing in for six shooters, and aliens playing the role of the Indians (in one instance, quite literally). At times, it's just plain bad, but it's also a lot of fun. Despite a rough start, which follows a tiresome meet-and-greet formula, you will be laughing one moment and rolling your eyes the next. The author's genius creation is Black Orpheus, an incarnation of the mythical anci ...more
Descatalogado
Cuando me recomendaron el libro, me dijeron que sólo con el prólogo ya te enamoras - y tenían razón. Un western espacial en toda regla, el libro comienza describiendo cómo Santiago ha cometido todo tipo de crímenes en medio universo, convirtiéndole en el ser más odiado de la galaxia, y cómo decenas de cazarrecompensas han ido en su busca y han fallado. Pero quizás esta sea la vez...

Me gusta el ritmo del libro: un capítulo, los versos de presentación de un nuevo personaje. Pistas, persecuciones,
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Vincent
Where is our Santiago? This book has always stuck with me because the goal of Santiago wasn't to change the universe, it was to draw attention away from the regular joe's just trying to make a living.
Kaj Samuelsson
Dec 15, 2012 Kaj Samuelsson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kaj by: Friend
Shelves: favorites
I had never read a Science Fiction before and the only reason I picked up this one was because it said it is like a western in Science Fiction. This book had more pages than I usually read at that time. But when I started to read I could simply not put the book down. I had to force myself to put it down so I could go to work next day without being like a zombie. I read on the tram and on the bus and in the breaks at work and immediately when I came home I continued reading, not even putting the ...more
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Michael "Mike" Diamond Resnick (born Chicago, March 5, 1942), better known by his published name Mike Resnick, is a popular and prolific American science fiction author. He is, according to Locus, the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short science fiction. He is the winner of five Hugos, a Nebula, and other major awards in the United States, France, Spain, Japan, Croatia and Pola ...more
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