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They Walked Like Men

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  367 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Parker Graves, a newspaper man comes home one night to discover that a trap has been laid outside his apartment door. To his horror, the trap is transformed into a bowling ball and runs away. The entire city soon becomes a scene of strange happenings -- buildings are bought up at a fantastic rate, leases arent renewed, established businesses are closed, and people cant fin ...more
Hardcover, Book Club Edition, 234 pages
Published 1962 by Doubleday Science Fiction
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Apr 29, 2009 Jennn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Good idea. The rest, not so... The author even present the most obvious soultion to the main characters problem. It is not how the book ends though. (The aliens say they do everything legally, but the money they use is not legal. They are counterfeit. Just tell that to the aliens, and they have to give up! ...or find another way. Could have been a nice turn in the book)
I had no idea Simak could be so silly. There are less Simakisms on display here than in his other novels. There are no mutants or robots, no reflections on humanity's technological development outpacing its moral development. It's still recognizably Simak in tone. Also, the economic concerns are pure Simak, with the novel alternately praising American resourcefulness and industry while taking some jabs at capitalism. Really, though, this whole novel is one long jokey take on the alien invasion s ...more
Matteo Pellegrini

Chi è il proprietario "legale" della Terra? E se non siamo noi esseri umani, qualcuno prima o poi non verrà a sfrattarci? Un'invasione dallo spazio potrebbe risolvere benissimo la crisi degli alloggi, soprattutto per gli invasori... Da queste imbarazzanti premesse prende il via il classico e movimentato romanzo di Simak, dove si dimostra come la sempre più difficile situazione in cui si trovano gli abitanti delle moderne metropoli possa avere, in realtà, un'origine extraterrestre. Sfere volanti

"They Walked Like Men" is an earth invasion tale I read in 1967.
Entertaining and amusing. But a little outdated and old-fashioned for the times; which I feel like I should never feel like a sci-fi novel feels old-fashioned. I feel like they should always seem futuristic. I guess that's where my disappointment comes from.
Gela Tevzadze
One of the best cases of the conspiracy theory - an eerie recount of the alien invasion which started by taking over industry and economics on the Earth in a quite unconventional fashion.
Very clever concept, but the logic falls apart. Short, adventurous, with humor. Somewhat dated.
Fun alien invasion novel.
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