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Glory Lane

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,529 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews

Seeth, a bored punk rocker looking for excitement. Miranda, an air-head beauty who lives to shop. And Kerwin, a nerd who just wants to fit in.

They're not friends, and they don't even particularly like each other. But now this unlikely trio is the key to saving the universe. And they're in for the adventure of a their lives.

Mass Market Paperback, First Edition, 295 pages
Published August 1st 1987 by Ace
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Scott Rhee
Feb 28, 2014 Scott Rhee rated it it was ok
Attempting to (I'm guessing) jump on the sci-fi humor bandwagon made popular by Douglas Adams in the '80s, Alan Dean Foster wrote this silly little novel, "Glory Lane" way back in 1987. It's okay, nothing superb. It does nothing to add to or enhance the sub-genre of science fiction comedies. If it does anything well, though, it strikes a nostalgic chord in my heart for those wonderfully silly sci-fi comedy movies that, for some reason, were extremely popular in the '80s. I'm talking about classi ...more
Printable Tire
Dec 10, 2009 Printable Tire rated it did not like it
Found this book in the attic the other day. I remember it vaguely from when I was a kid, and I decided to read it. It has one of those wacky scifi covers that despite my better judgment I am forever a sucker for, and the book itself lived up to (or down to) my expectations.

I've also blandly been interested in Alan Dean Foster because to me he is one of the most successful hack science fiction writers ever, having written novelizations of everything from Alien to Star Wars franchise filler. The o
Jul 29, 2012 Lin rated it really liked it
Me: Hey, Danny.
Danny: Yeah?
Me: Glumelmerk.
Danny: Oh, OK.
Andrea Freeman
Aug 04, 2016 Andrea Freeman rated it liked it
Shelves: own
The first part of this book was sincerely okay. It seemed like the basic science fiction 1990s movie of the basic high school kids, the nerd, hot cheerleader, and the punk rocker. What really disappointed me was the fact that there was no action packed adventure or space wars. Although what really brought me to the book was intergalactic shopping sprees, that wasn't to much of a hook either. I don't think this book was very good, but I do think it would be a great movie made in the 90s. So if yo ...more
Amy Smith
Aug 10, 2016 Amy Smith rated it liked it
Very of its era junk food book. Quick silly read.
Steve Bouchard
Feb 16, 2014 Steve Bouchard rated it really liked it
Had I rated this back in Junior High when I first read it, I'd have given it 5 stars. But now, a few (ahem) years later, I've got to bump that down a notch. Don't get me wrong, it's a fun read. I enjoy Foster's work a lot. This falls into his humorous SF category, so it's not as deep as some of his other work. Here he's shooting for light-hearted fare, and he's hit the mark with that.

There's the usual tropes: sterotypical characters (the punk, the geek, and the beauty-queen shopping girl); and t
Conan Tigard
Nov 14, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it
Glory Lane starts off with a bang. The writing is quick and fresh and the characters jump right off the page. The book slows down a little in the middle and the arguing between Seeth and Kerwin becomes a little tedious. I really enjoyed the world that they visited and finding the Neanderthals living there was a pleasant surprise. If nothing else, at least this book explains why the Neanderthals died out so suddenly.

Alan Dean Foster has quite an imagination and writes a fun story that can be enj
Jan 03, 2016 Michael rated it did not like it
This is, thus far, the worst book I have ever read.

I can handle and sometimes enjoy Foster's work, but when the smug Neanderthal showed up and told the protagonist in no uncertain terms that his species was MUCH smarter than Homo sapiens, I wanted to strangle the book.

Thankfully, it didn't have a neck.
Mary JL
Jan 07, 2009 Mary JL rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one really--Foster has beeter books out there read them
Shelves: main-sf-fantasy
Alan Dean Foster is a prolific writer. Therefore, of course, some of his booksare better than others.

This was one of the less sucessful stories---tried to be funny; seemd a bit pointless. Recommended for Sf fans who have read everything else or are die-hard fans of Alan Dean Foster.
May 03, 2009 Ron rated it liked it
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Larry Wright
May 05, 2014 Larry Wright rated it did not like it
"Splinter of the Mind's Eye" was my first sci-fi read so I've an everlasting fondness for Foster. However, the author lost my trust (and this book a reader) when his purportedly punk rock protagonist cited The Grateful Dead as one of his favorite bands. You'd think that the Dead would be right in the wheelhouse of the Spellsinger author yet, like my dad's redneck friend, he seems to think that they're a punk band. Recognizing this fallibility was almost as devastating as learning that most of my ...more
Leland Gilsen
Dec 23, 2015 Leland Gilsen rated it really liked it
Foster at has best and worst. The character Seth (Seeth) is interesting. with some fun lines. But Miranda as the ultimate empty headed"beauty" is the worst of male macho crap. Seeth calls her:
honeyskin sweetness creamkiss cinnamonlips honeyhips honeylips sweetcakes
sugarthighs sugarhips snugglebuns sugarhips sweetskin

Need I say more?
That the universe exists because mass got so bored it committed suicide is fun.
And the ultimate reason for civilization is shopping.
Crystal Starr Light
I have read Alan Dean Foster's Star Wars books and was told to try out some of his non-Star Wars books. I tried Codgerspace but was unimpressed. Nonetheless, I decided to plug through this highly rated book.

Seeth is a punk rocker. Kerwin is a college student. Miranda is a blonde bombshell. This trio meets up with Arthwit Rail, an alien in possession of Izmir, a strange being that no one is quite sure of. When Rail is chased by Oomenians who want Izmir back, the three humans are whisked away
Oct 02, 2013 Shane rated it it was ok
I very nearly continued with this one, but in the end decided that with all the books waiting to be read in this world, not finishing Glory Lane by Alan Dean Foster is something that I feel I can live with.

It wasn't a bad book, as such. Just not the great piece of humorous sci-fi I felt it should have been. What didn't help in my case was my inability to really empathize with the protagonist, Seeth, the punk. Initially I was quite taken with this idea of having a punk as a lead character but I f
Jeffery Moulton
Aug 22, 2012 Jeffery Moulton rated it it was amazing
Ok, I admit, this book probably doesn’t deserve a 5-star rating. It is a ton of fun but far from perfect. In particular, the resolution is a bit too, “click your heels together and say ‘there’s no place like home’” for me. And the characters could really use some more depth. And the story is a bit of a cliche. But for me the nostalgia factor overrides all it’s flaws.

Except for Star Wars books, Glory Lane was one of the first science fiction books I ever read as a kid—and I loved it. It is a sill
Sep 28, 2015 Krista rated it liked it
This a quick read of a fun trip through the universe, meeting various new aliens while trying to escape their pursuers. It's quirky and fun, but I didn't find any of the main characters very likable, which always keeps me from really getting too invested in a book.
Kay Rowland
Sep 27, 2013 Kay Rowland rated it it was amazing
I have had to buy 3 copies of this book. I keep reading it over and over. Foster has captured the 80's perfectly. From the wannabe punk rock-heavy metal-headbanger to the air-headed Valley Girl, every character comes to life, even the jock boyfriend who only appears on the first couple of chapters.

I especially liked the culture shock that the three teens experienced when they were landed on Nedsplan in the capitol city of Alvin. Finding out that they were now the highly developed people they tho
Ed Nemo
Jun 10, 2012 Ed Nemo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
In 1987 when this book came out I was a Punk Rocker. Green Mohawk, lots of metal in my ears, and a black biker jacket. The only difference 24 years later is that my hair is brown, I have larger gauge plugs, more tattoos and a better black biker jacket. This novel stuck out to me because it had a punk on the cover. Seemed like a good enough reason to give it a try. And I am glad I did!

I loved this book. Well written and fun with three extremely different humans who realize how similar they are on
Mar 09, 2013 Dale rated it liked it
I liked Glory Lane , with the single glaring exception of all three human characters. They do not grow. They remain petty, impudent little pests and I found myself wondering why the other races tolerated the human species if this was all the better that they were going to meet!

Seriously, the actual sci-fi was top-notch. There were a multitude of worlds and species that were well-done. But, it was marred by the inclusion of a punk rocker, a geek and a ditzy blond who continued to bicker, and som
East Bay J
Apr 03, 2009 East Bay J rated it liked it
Shelves: novels
Glory Lane is a fun, light hearted sci-fi tale involving humans getting involved in alien hijinks and find themselves trying to save the universe. The characters and situations are a little cliche but still interesting enough to give this book some flair. Each character is a stereotype taken to the nth degree. Seeth, the punk, is a particularly interesting attempt at trying just a wee little bit too hard. This is another book I read years ago, found in a bookstore and decided to re-read. Hey, it ...more
Richard Penn
Jul 27, 2014 Richard Penn rated it it was amazing
A glorious romp through near space, with highly engaging characters, cute aliens, and universe one would dearly love to visit.
Aug 24, 2015 Kim rated it it was ok
Not very funny. Tedious characters who didn't grow despite adventure. Bland ending.
Mark Palmer
Oct 05, 2014 Mark Palmer rated it really liked it
Fun story, incorporating some relatively new science at the time - the missing matter.
Feb 21, 2016 Jeff rated it liked it
Recommended to Jeff by: Discovered it on my own.

1st Read: November 15, 1996 - November 30, 1996

Another book which I'd put off reading because of my lack of interest in science-fiction. In truth, I'd love to read this again as some parts are hazy.

2nd Read: April 1, 2014 - April 18, 2014

Eighteen years ago I had read this and enjoyed it and my thoughts remain relatively the same about it. Often, there were parts I didn't remember from the initial reading in '96, but I'd caught the whole story this time around. I haven't made a full decisio
Jun 27, 2016 Charles rated it liked it
Quick, fun read. Nothing that stands out but entertaining.
Dec 02, 2015 J.T. rated it did not like it
Shelves: ergh, science-fiction
Glory Lane tried to be funny, but ended up just being pointless.

I couldn't relate to any of the protagonists--Seeth, Kerwin, or Miranda--and didn't care what happened to them. The lack of a gripping story-line didn't do much to help matters to be honest. It seemed to take a long time to get to where it wanted to be, which when we did get there, didn't even seem to be worth the wait. Non of the sci-fi elements or technologies are explained well, though some of them actually interested me. And it
Mar 16, 2015 Dave rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. It's hilarious. Enough said.
Matt Kelland
Sep 30, 2014 Matt Kelland rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, comedy
Not as funny as it thinks it is.
Nov 22, 2014 John rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
2988 grade C+
Very cute. I was completely shocked for a moment to learn the relationship between Kerwin and Seeth. Some of the science stuff in the last 2-3 chapters was confusing, might have been intentional. It did take me a few weeks to get through it, not being one of those that you just can't put down. But every time I picked it back up I was right into it again. It did tend to slow down every time a more advanced race would talk about how insignificant humans are.
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Bestselling science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in 1946, but raised mainly in California. He received a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 1968, and a M.F.A. in 1969. Foster lives in Arizona with his wife, but he enjoys traveling because it gives him opportunities to meet new people and explore new places and cultures. This interest is carried over to his writing, ...more
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