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Farscape: House of Cards (Farscape - Novels & Guides #1)

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The pleasure planet Liantac was once the greatest gambling resort in the Unchartered Territories. Even now, having fallen on hard times, it remains a spectacle of glitz and greed. Astronaut John Crichton and his fellow interstellar fugitives see Liantac as the source of much-needed supplies--except for Rygel, whose boundless avarice is tempted by the promise of easy riches ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 15th 2001 by Tor Books (first published March 23rd 2001)
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Kevin Veighey
Mar 20, 2008 Kevin Veighey rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any sci-fi/fantasy fan, anyone who likes to read film/TV tie-ins, and especially fans of "Farscape".
This is the best novel of the three that were based on the beloved sci-fi TV series "Farscape".

My reasons for it are as follows: First, the author acknowledges the sources he went through to make sure everything was highly accurate to the "Farscape" characters and universe. Second, he places a story at a time where it wouldn't really affect the story even if it were a real episode. And lastly, it features some of the great plot twists and turns you'd expect from an episode of this excellent TV s
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it it was amazing
Most of the crew of Moya end up on a planet known for its gambling and Rygel believes he has a chance to add to its riches. He doesn't count on the house cheating and he ends up losing Moya. This sets in motion efforts by the crew to find out how Rygel lost, who is behind it, how can they pay off the debt, and are the Peacekeepers involved.

They end up with various tasks to perform, one of which involves a rather humorous singing character, and another of which involves a plant collector who want
Matt Perry
Jun 15, 2015 Matt Perry rated it really liked it
It's Farscape, what more do you want? If you're not a fan of the show, then it's probably not for you. However, if you're not a fan of the show, that simply means you haven't seen it, since it's one of the better shows (and I don't just mean sci-fi) that's been on television.
That being said, this book was really good. I haven't read many spin-off novels, but the ones I have read left me with a less-than-stellar taste in my mouth. Not with this one. The characters were written well, and the story
Jun 04, 2014 Adrian rated it it was amazing
This is a good book to read if you have watched the TV show Farscape. If you haven't it is harder to understand the characters and where they came from. Overall the book was very entertaining and just like the show, made me laugh numerous times. I recomend this book to any sci-fi fan, although watch the show before you read it; the experience is much better.
Joey Kay Anderson
About the same quality as any series episode. Nothing grand, but nothing disappointing. Most readers who like the series should like this book.
Sep 12, 2015 Ryan rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Fun read. Has everything that made the series awesome.
Jan 03, 2015 Rosie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than book one but enjoyed both of the storylines just as much, I liked it nevertheless.
Jan 23, 2012 Roger rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
For a "media tie-in" book, this was pretty good. The author certainly had the proper tone. The story "felt" right. Farscape fans should read it...
Jul 28, 2009 Sheila rated it liked it
Reminded me of how much I love the show. So much so that I stopped reading for awhile so that I could rewatch the pilot and "Out of Their Minds".
T. Blake
Sep 01, 2013 T. Blake rated it it was amazing
Rygel frells up and everyone else is forced to fix it. What else is new?
Be prepared to be slapped with at least some Farscape Nostalgia.
Dec 29, 2012 Jason rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
Heh, it was as entertaining as one of the lesser episodes of the series. But I found it three-stars worth of pleasant for some reason.
Feb 19, 2016 Josh rated it really liked it
One of the few Farscape novels out there, I loved every page of this. It felt just like an actual episode.
Nov 01, 2014 Steven rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
A great book. He captured the characters very well. You can tell that the author is a fan of the show.
Oct 20, 2014 sologdin rated it did not like it
avaricious muppet gambles away sentient spacefaring vessel, causing leatherclad models much consternation.
Mar 24, 2009 Amy rated it it was ok
While the plot wasn't so terrible, the writing surely was. Just watch the show.
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Feb 16, 2009 Katharine (Ventureadlaxre) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fandom, read-2009
Perfectly in character <3
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Aug 12, 2010 Dave rated it liked it
This was the only Farscape novel I enjoyed reading. The other 2 seemed like the author did not even know what Farscape is all about. Anyone know knows me knows I love Farscape. Sadly, this is the only novel that came close to anything the TV show pulled off. It did have one thing going for it, Keith R.A. DeCandido. He knows Farscape.
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