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          This critically-acclaimed science fiction adventure novel is set in an alternate universe in which organic, semi-sentient, alien-engineered oilfield drilling rigs roam the plains of Texas and the Southwest in search of petroleum.
          Petrogypsies is the first in Harper's series about the great drilling beast, Sprocket, his best friend, former farmer Henry Le
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Paperback, 2nd edition, revised, partially illustrated, 192 pages
Published by Darkstar Books (first published September 1989)
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Karly
Jun 21, 2010 Karly rated it did not like it
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When I began reading Petrogypsies, I was more than a little confused. I couldn't quite get my mind around the fact that the Drillers were living creatures rather than machines. The details about the drilling process were distracting and filled with sexual overtones. If I had not gotten this book as part of Goodreads First Reads, I would not have bothered finishing it.

That being said, Henry Lee MacFarland is really quite an endearing character and one can't help but root for him as the story unfo
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Karina
Jun 20, 2010 Karina rated it really liked it
I won this book through Goodreads First Reads program with the following odds: 15 copies available, 747 people requesting. I just received the copy and looking forward to reading it.

I started reading this a while ago, and forgot to update. It's a little unusual, unlike what I generally read. But it's interesting. I'm on page 25.

By the way, since it took me a while to figure out what the title was all about - Petrogypsy apparently means petroleum gypsy. I'm enjoying the story so far. Sometimes i
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Sharon T. Rose
May 19, 2011 Sharon T. Rose rated it it was amazing
Petrogypsies by Rory Harper is an amazing read. Get yourself a copy as soon as possible. This awesome book is an alternate history-type, set in Texas and featuring alien-created animals who exist solely to drill for oil. Henry Lee is a rough, ugly, good-hearted kid from a dirt farm in the middle of nowhere who gets to meet one of the enormous drillers, known as Sprocket, and his team of human helpers. Since they travel around, wherever the work leads them, these men and women are known as gypsie ...more
Teepet
Apr 26, 2011 Teepet rated it really liked it
Like several of the other reviewers, I got this book for free, handed to me at a convention from one of the publisher-dudes. The cover makes it look like a bad graphic novel, the back blurb kinda makes it sound like a strange romance novel, the first bit with the drillers alternately grossed me out and made me feel like I was reading a ridiculously complex sex joke (there was more talk of sphincters, warts, tongues, and foreskin than anything I ever expected to read), but once you got in past th ...more
Ixchelle
Jun 20, 2010 Ixchelle rated it liked it
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Goodreads is sent this one to me because I won a First Reads give-away. A little hard to get into, but after getting into it I enjoyed the story. In the first part of the book I had to read a few parts a couple of times because of the style of writing. He wrote parts of the book like the main character was talking or thinking and not grammatically correct. Two thirds into the book I thought the story was going to be finished because it seemed to come to a climax, but the last third of the book s ...more
Michel Brooks
Aug 15, 2010 Michel Brooks rated it liked it
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I am not a fantasy/sci fi type person but felt I should read the book that was sent to me by Goodreads a try. I thought the book overall was "ok". There were many parts that took me directions I didn't expect and I enjoyed that. Someone had mentioned in another review that they story seemed to wrap up earlier than it really did, I would have to agree. It was nice to see how it finished but there was a period that I had to struggle through to see what would happen and how it would wrap. Thanks fo ...more
Lynn Abbey
Jul 17, 2012 Lynn Abbey rated it really liked it
Write what you know... OK, Harper knows music and the oil business; and I think he loves classic space opera. He's written a space opera, at any rate, and a pretty good one at that. But not in space. He's set it in the oil patch and instead of spaceships, he's got his rollicking characters living inside an oil-drilling alien. The story reminds me of a Heinlein juvenile, in a good way, and anyone with a soft-spot for Texas A&M is going to going to feel it's homecoming weekend.
Alys
Jul 08, 2010 Alys rated it liked it
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I enjoyed this book -- a fun read. The book is set in an alternate world where drilling for oil is done by living creatures that were bred /created for the purpose. Timely, no? The characters are engaging and the story line is fun. I found myself wanting to return to this alternate reality and learn more.
Aviva
Jun 20, 2010 Aviva rated it it was ok
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I'm pretty sure I'm not the target audience for this book. The short review is I might have picked the book up at the library if I'd seen it there, but I wouldn't have bought it and I wouldn't have finished it if I hadn't received it free through First Reads.

The writing reminded me a bit of Heinlein's juvenile fiction, some of which I had to grit my teeth to read. (Overall, I'm a big fan of Heinlein, but I have trouble getting through the sexism in some of his stuff.)

What I liked:

---It's a cool
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Rhonda
Aug 04, 2010 Rhonda rated it it was ok
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I didn't actually finish this book, which makes me a little bit sad. I thought it was a very interesting concept and when I started reading I enjoyed the voice it was written in. Fun, slightly amusing, and original. Unfortunately my attention began to wane fairly early as I began to feel like the story was more about 'This is how oil rigs work' and less about the characters and the plot. That impression never left me, and is actually what caused me to set the book down. However, if you like deta ...more
David F.
May 05, 2014 David F. rated it really liked it
A unique sci fi novel with a distinctly Texas twist. Written by an old friend of mine but a book I would recommend anyway. A real fun read!
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