An interesting premise, a planet-sized spacecraft appearing in near-Earth orbit, is thrown off track by frequent hopping amongst several groups of characters, mostly unrelated. These asides do show the destruction caused by the now out-of-control tidal forces on our planet but Leiber spend ...more
A terrific novel begins with a clever hook and The Wanderer has just such a hook. It considers the same event, a cosmic event with a strange appearance near the moon, from the perspective of nearly a dozen different characters from ...more
On second thought, it must have been a slow year; I have not read Davy, The Planet Buyer, or The Whole Man, 1965's other contenders, so I can't say. But the previous year the nominees were Cat's Cradle, Dune, Glory ...more
The whole thing is very dated. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
I went into this book expecting to hate it, and honestly I was very biased for the majority of it. It's poor reviews, as well as how truly terrible Leiber ' s other hugo winner was made me very wary. However , while this book wasn't very good, it had strong ideas and potential that made it readable.
Leiber seems to suffer from not knowing how to edit. Once again he had an overwhelming amount of characters, and honestly the events of this book amounted ...more
Il suo nome è Tigerishka. La sua specie è felina. La sua sensualità è magnetica. E micidiale. Tigerishka arriva da spazi molto lontani e profondi. Pronta a conquistae, a divorare. Ma il suo mezzo di trasporto non è un qualunque, banale disco volante: è addirittura un intero pianeta, il Vagabondo. Penetrando nel sistema solare, il pianeta vagante si avvicina pericolosamente alla Terra, provocando maremoti e sconvolgimenti. Da questo spunto provocatorio, Fritz Leiber costruisce un classico della s...more
All sorts of wacko stuff effecting the tides, orbit, and all manner of other things... and that's what we start out here with the Fritz Leiber's 1964 Hugo Award winning (Best Novel for the year 1965) "The Wanderer".
For about the first 80 or so pages, this book was good "hard" science fiction and I loved it. I found myself thinking, "Wow... This may be original earth disaster/cataclysm/dystopia novel!"
And then we begin plod ...more
It took me a long time to get into this book. And it's not a very long book. Much of it is structured in a way that reminds me of the beginning of The Stand: it jumps between many different groups of people to show how they are affected by the crisis. In The Stand, I think this is brilliant. The problem with it here is that ...more
Switching between characters that have no impact on, or involvement in the main thrust of the story splits up the focus. It takes away from the main themes, without managing to make the book into a real disaster story. So while the quality of th ...more
I really don't know what to say about this book.... Pretty much just that it was weird and that I agree with Manny, that I am surprised it won the Hugo Award. There were some really interesting parts but it doesn't make up for it weirdness and it is not just that, I found so many parts quite boring.
In my opinion it doesn't deserve 3 stars but more like two and half, but since there isn't a half I guess I will round it up and give it 3. When I give books 3 stars or less and they won the Hugo or N ...more
Thought that aliens will look the way ...more