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Starship & Haiku

3.21  ·  Rating Details ·  72 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
THE MILLENNIAL WAR LEFT A SULLEN VOID WHERE CIVILIZATION ONCE STOOD..But then the whales began their song--a mysterious song that resounded throughtout the polluted seas & told an ancient hearbreaking tale that moved the survivors to revive an honored ritual..And at the vanguard stood Takahashi, self-appointed Death Lord--a man gone mad in the wake of the chaos. He saw ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 0 pages
Published June 12th 1988 by Del Rey (first published September 1981)
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Sep 08, 2008 Leslie rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf-magical
An interesting read if not a modern one. I really liked the Japanese-style story-telling right up until it devolved into 'good guys' vs. 'bad guys' But before that it was great. Call this one 2/3's of a good book.
May 07, 2011 Jenne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
Um, what?
Feb 23, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it
This felt like feminine science fiction, although I have learned that the author is a guy. I'm recommending STARSHIP AND HAIKU although I don't think it is for everyone, not even all science fiction fans. If you read this book, you'll discover that the major themes include the end of the world, Japanese civilization, and whales. The story is one of the saddest I've read in a while, yet it has a message that speaks to possibilities and growth. Author Somtow is an interesting person as well, being ...more
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Feb 27, 2013 Espana Sheriff rated it did not like it
Increasingly bonkers with each passing page, I'm about halfway through and not sure if I'll finish it.

The author does capture a nice apocalyptic the-end-is-really-here culture shock and some of the bizarro cultural responses that this might elicit, but he does so in ways that range from potentially intriguing to massively problematic.

One dimensional characters speak and think in cliches, and so do entire nations apparently. Every other page seems to contain one character or another commenting
Apr 13, 2013 Susa rated it it was ok
Shelves: thai
This science fiction could be interesting if you know about old Japanese culture. I think (as Japanese) the author accurately captured some pieces of it but it wasn't enough to keep the story exciting.
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Called by the Bangkok Post "the Thai person known by name to most people in the world," S.P. Somtow is an author, composer, filmmaker, and international media personality whose dazzling talents and acerbic wit have entertained and enlightened fans the world over.

He was Somtow Papinian Sucharitkul in Bangkok. His grandfather's sister was a Queen of Siam, his father is a well known international la
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