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Retief: The Yillian Way (Retief #1.1.4)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
The ceremonious protocol of the Yills was impressive, colorful-and, in the long run, deadly! It was up to Jame Retief to figure out how to respond to the Yill's overtures in the correct manner; all the while keeping his superiors from making a deadly mistake. Only one man could think quickly enough to get the job done!
Paperback, 48 pages
Published January 11th 2009 by Wilder Publications (first published January 1962)
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An Odd1
Nov 02, 2013 An Odd1 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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One episode from Retief of many, when the junior diplomat Vice-Consul for Earth in space makes incompetent superiors like Ambassador Magnan look good. Yillians typically insult, so the correct attitude is to snap back, or first. At a banquet, Retief acts rude to get approval from the aliens. On the flight in, he read the language manual, so translates the signs on the garbage van transport correctly and responds appropriately. He continues to act rude, their standard of appropriate, and again wi ...more
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This short story was ok. It wasn't great, it wasn't bad. I wish it had succeeded in being half as clever as it thought it was.

The narrator was borderline atrocious. If the story had been any longer I would have turned it off.

This isn't to say I wouldn't enjoy hearing more tales/antics about the main character, but a different narrator is a must.
Ralph McEwen
Jun 19, 2011 Ralph McEwen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Retif story. The pompous Senior Ambassador is shown the errors of his ways.

Audio Book MP3 downloaded from
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Public Domain stories from Project Gutenberg, that are read by volunteers.
I listen to these short stories while walking to and from work.

Play Duration: 00:37:18
Read By: John Larmour
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Short story regarding Retief the multitalented low ranking diplomat in Earth's intergalactic diplomatic corps. As usual in this series, Retief bails out the higher ranking ambassadors who are thoroughly bumbling up everything and saves the day. A lot of humor and easy reading.
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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).

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