The Werewolf Principle
Andrew Blake is found in a space capsule on a distant planet and is brought back to an unfamiliar Earth, where antigravity devices have replaced the wheel, and houses talk and even fly!
Yet nothing is as strange as Blake's own feelings. Tormented by eerie sensations and loss of memory, he doesn't know who he really is or exactly where he has come from. ...more
I have pleasant memories of reading a couple of Simaks at the same time in the 70s and picked this one at random for a revisit.
Though published in the 1960s, it reads more like a 1950s novel when it comes to multiple predictions about the future (yes, the ever-popular flying cars and space travel, though people still have to walk across the room to answer a phone with optional visuals) and the the ...more
Still, it's intriguing and very funny in parts. There is often an almost Looney Tunes-ish mania ...more
Una presenza oscura e dimenticata
Un enigma sconvolgente
In una notte di uragano, il senatore Horton sente bussare alla porta della sua casa di campagna. Va ad aprire egli stesso, e si trova di fronte a... Niente di straordinario. Sulla soglia c'e soltanto un comune giovanotto di nome Andrew Blake, che ha perduto la strada. Ma chi è il Cambiante? Chi è il Cercante? Chi è il Pensante? E come mai, se i lupi sono estinti da decenni, una guardia del senatore ne ha visto aggirarsi uno intorno alla cas
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I thoroughly enjoyed the interaction between the three beings, and that is what probably kept me reading more than any other aspect. I also loved the personalities of the talking houses and on ...more
Andrew Blake is brought back to earth, after being found in suspended animation around a distant star. He has amnesia, and appears to suffer from blackouts as well - except something/someone else takes over while he is gone. He discovers that he has somehow assimilated the minds and appearances of two other creatures - a wolflike Quester an ...more
The character and the 2 alien minds that share his add a somewhat cerebral and philosophical air to the story.
all in all though it is simply a lovely book to wander through.
This is one of those beautiful, old-school sci-fi stories that work really hard at big, existential questions and sweeping philosophical concepts. And also, despite some people saying it's not really a werewolf story, it's certainly close enough to my tastes to count as one.
It's a bit tangled and confusing at first, but by page 60 or 70 everything starts to make sense very quickly. The ending was a little bit too tidy and abrupt for me. Character develop ...more
Re-read a couple of years back fully expecting that it all would sound funny, obsolete, like a century-old science fiction book yet it was as fresh as if it were written just a few short years back, one of Simak's best and my favorite.
As usual with Simak, the story is engaging and the ideas are fun, but disappointing as it's always the men who handle the important matters, while the rare female character is an accessory.