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They Walked Like Men

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  514 Ratings  ·  18 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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Dec 08, 2008 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun alien invasion novel.
Apr 29, 2009 Jennn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: stacey
Shelves: fiction, 2009
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Oct 22, 2015 Onur rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parker Graves, a journalist for a mid-sized newspaper in just such a city, stumbles late one night almost in a bizarre case: Prior to his apartment door someone has dug a hole and hid a animal trapping therein. As Graves wants to verify the installation, the case folds into a ball, rolling out of the house and disappear.

Graves does not doubt his sanity, but can not provide evidence of his experience. He is silent, until he noticed other oddities: One equipped with endless funds dummy corporation
Jun 30, 2014 Olof rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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)
Julie Dismukes
Apr 02, 2015 Julie Dismukes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic science fiction book that is creepily relevant today. The book features a newspaper reporter who discovers aliens have bought the Earth (legally) out from under mankind, therefore ending mankind. While I see no evidence aliens have done this, we currently have an economic system in place that rewards greed and psychopathy. The toll this is taking on Earth is high enough that I worry that the end of mankind may come by our own hand. And I am REALLY not forward to when the globalists glare ...more
Dec 23, 2014 K115987 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah! La fantascienza classica! Ricca di immaginazione, ingenuità, ironia, intelligenza e speranza!
Nonostante sia un romanzo degli anni '60 (1962 per la precisione) lo stile ed il linguaggio sono freschi e attuali, scorrevoli e non obsoleti. Alcuni momenti sono molto noir, altri decisamente esilaranti; la narrazione parte un po' lenta, ma tempo 4 pagine e chiudere il libro ( o spegnere il Kindle, nel mio caso) diventa veramente difficile.
Poi, sinceramente, il tipo di invasione ideata da Simak è GE
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

Massimo Monteverdi
Custer avrebbe detto: non esiste l'extraterrestre buono o cattivo. In effetti qui esiste solo l'alieno immobiliarista. L'intuizione geniale di associare brame di conquista planetaria con l'accumulazione sfrenata in senso capitalista non viene sprecata anche perché Simak ci mette parecchio senso dell'umorismo. Non è banale nemmeno il finale che strizza tra l'altro l'occhio al noir alla Mike Hammer.
Dec 25, 2014 Mairi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Minu meelest parim Simaki lugu. Miski, mis kättis oma veereva jälje, kui ma teismeline olin ja mida ma iga mõne aasta tagant uue pilguga üle loen. Iga kord on isemoodi detailid ja välja joonistuvad jooned...
Aug 03, 2014 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
"They Walked Like Men" is an earth invasion tale I read in 1967.
May 07, 2015 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
1981 grade A+
2005 grade B

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Steffen Fleisch
Oct 01, 2015 Steffen Fleisch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Трета книга и нема слабо.
A novel that seems to have come in two parts. In the first, Simak does a masterful job of tension. suspense, and even horror. Scared me silly. However, after some reveals, the novel becomes a little silly. Conquest by bizarre aliens via economic starvation. meh... But there's really nothing like that first half, before we know what's going on!!
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
Jun 02, 2007 Gela Tevzadze rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
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.
Tome Addiction
Simak and encounters with aliens, what fun.
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"He was honored by fans with three Hugo awards and by colleagues with one Nebula award and was named the third Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) in 1977." (Wikipedia)

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