The Book of Ptath
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The description on the book is pulp-fiction standard, and the story is relatively simple with a few characters. It is a good quick read.
The rating might be not so good(3.41 when I write this review), but it is not overrated by zealous fans. When you read this short novel you can expect a light story for killing time.
I didn't commit to praise this is the best book of my life, but when we were together, I had a good time.
Old noble god gets ressurected only to be attemped-murdered by evil blond goddess and is saved by good brunette goddess.
The setting is the earth 200 million years in the future where everything has changed but nothing is described in detail. There is just the plot. No character development, no world-building... Nothing... I get it, it was written in a pre-Tolkien era but still...
Also, a ...more
An awful lot of story crammed into something that only just barely exceeds novella length (if it does even that).
After a rather confusing beginning (the god Ptath finds himself on a road with no idea of who or what he is, or what he's doing other than a generalized urge to get to the city of Ptath for reasons that aren't entirely clear), we discover that a) we're now 200,000,000 years in the future and the continents have again merged into a single supercontinent and b) Ptath is actually driven ...more
Cartea lui Ptath este impecabila atat ca prezentare, cat si in ceea ce priveste continutul. Iata ca ...more
Like many of Van Vogt's novels this first appeared in shorter form in the early forties. Set some two hundred million years in the future, it is a variation on the superhuman hero theme that Van Vogt employed in many of his novels (see Gilbert Gosseyn in The World of Null-A for one of the best examples). Here we have man reincarnated by a god and sent to the future. With multiple personalities, super ...more
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Van Vogt can tell a story well and this is an excellent example of it. From the early frustration of the protagonist being manipulated, while seeing why it seems to be the logical thing for him at the time to his gaining knowledge and then the final battle. Rip-roaring stuff.
Tra duecento milioni di anni, duecento milioni di anni di guerre e di cataclismi, di prodigiose scoperte scientifiche e di paurosi fenomeni geologici, la Terra assumerà un nuovo volto... il favoloso volto che già possedeva nel remotissimo passato, con la ricomparsa dei mitici continenti di Gondwana, Lemuria e Mu, immense masse continentali popolate da miliardi e miliardi di uomini. Ma non solo il volto della Terra sarà cambiato... anche i suoi costumi e i suoi abitanti verranno modificati da una...more
A god, Ptath, has gone merging with mankind for two hundred million years and is now returning.
L'oone and Iznezia, his wives are waiting for him, the latter to kill him and become the sole governor of Earth. And what an Earth, with three nations, of tens of billion people!
Van Vogt almost at its best, good for three hours of reading, you will not regret it. Only he could have dreamt of such a story of grandeur and pulled it off.
Interesting read and introduces slightly a concept that I would like to read in other books.
The idea that man could ascend to gods with enough power, time and technology.
van Vogt was born to Russian Mennonite family. Until he was four years old, van Vogt and his family spoke only a dialect of Low German in the home.
He began his writing career with 'true story' ro ...more