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Eight Against Utopia

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Original title: From Carthage Then I Came
From cradle to grave, the state gave them everything - except freedom!
For 7,000 years the domed city of Carthage has protected its citizens from the ice-covered world outside. But now Gaul Kalmar, a brilliant engineer, discovers that the entire planet is habitable. Tormented by the dehumanized tyranny of life in Carthage, he enlists
Paperback, 158 pages
Published December 1967 by Paperback Library (first published 1966)
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Mar 08, 2017 Cheryl rated it did not like it
I like the idea of this story. It was compared to "1984" on the back cover. But it was like reading a text book. Half of the time I couldn't figure out what in the world they were talking about and the other half I kept thinking that that would never happen with real people.
Sep 19, 2014 Nawfal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a really poorly written thing. The actual writing is like it was randomly hacked at by some editor who did not read a full page. The characters are hideous and the dialogue is atrocious. Sarcasm comes across as off-color and deadpan. The storyline is okay for the first quarter of the book, but then I dislike the rest. And man, oh man, the chauvinistic, misogynistic level of writing here borders on some BDSM pulp novel level. The only good thing about this book is the version of citizen-m ...more
Feb 26, 2016 Alien rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quit-reading
Again, the city under the dome. Again a total dictatorship. Old tropes can only be redeemed if you do it better. This one does not. The plot is unbelievable, the people act and talk strangely. At first I hoped this would be intentional (we are in the future, so people are bound to be different) but no, it was more ineptitude, I think. I did not read this novel to the end
Apr 26, 2015 Ulla rated it really liked it
I don't own this any more, sadly. I would like to reread it. I read this in german "Stadt unter Glas", the protagonists live in a city under a great astrodome, because the environment is uninhabitable, as far as I recall.
I read this under the title Eight Against Utopia, and as you can probably guess it's one of those distopian future novels. You know, the city is so great that we have to get out of here. Anyway, it's an okay read, just not as good as Arthur C. Clarke's The City and The Stars.
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Jul 25, 2013 Jason Brackins rated it did not like it
I would give it 3 stars for the action/adventure stuff, which was 95% of the book. But that would feel like I was condoning the misogyny that was mixed in. The ending was particularly gross. bleh.
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Douglas R. Mason (born Douglas Rankine Mason 26 September 1918) is a British science fiction author, who has written books both as by John Rankine and by Douglas R. Mason.

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