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The Man with a Thousand Names

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  146 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Although thirty light years distant, Mittend was Earth's nearest habitable planet. So the bored young heir, Steven Masters, contrived to join the first manned expedition just for a bit of excitement. When he found himself suddenly back on Earth in another man's body, it was more than he had expected. What then followed was a veritable kaleidoscope of events that was to inv ...more
Paperback, Fifth Printing: Catalog ID: #UE1502, 159 pages
Published January 1980 by DAW Books (first published 1974)
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Julia
I finished reading this on the plane, and I'm glad we didn't crash because the thought that this might be the last book I ever read was unbearable. The mishmash of plots and concepts hindered any attempt at a cohesive narrative structure or satisfying character arc. As a sidenote, the whole thing was incredibly sexist, but I think you have to expect that from back then.
Denis
Mar 26, 2012 Denis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It is often said, or written, that by the late sixties and seventies, unlike his contemporaries, A.E. van Vogt did not evolve much as a writer. Having read most of his catalogue, I must agree. In the first years (1940's) he wrote imaginatively and wildly until 1950, when he signed onto L. Ron Hubbard's Dianetics program and actually wrote very little new material, spending his time producing 'new' novels made up from his earlier previously published short stories. Most of these 'fix-up' did litt ...more
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Adriaanroeleveld
Mar 24, 2009 Adriaanroeleveld rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Van Vogt with some surprising angles; suppose you suddenly find yourself in some other body ...
Jim
Mar 04, 2015 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I was 15 and 16, I read a lot of science fiction; Clifford D Simak, Robert Silverberg, Isaac Asimov etc... I don't remember if I read A E Van Vogt but the name is certainly familiar. These days I rarely read science fiction, I found this book cheap in a book stall outside one of the metro stations in Tbilisi. It is a first edition (1974) but I've never been particularly interested in such matters (obviously I'd be happy to find a first edition of the first Harry Potter book or one of the To ...more
Dafydd
Jul 27, 2012 Dafydd rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I like how van Vogt writes paranoid, deeply flawed characters. His supermen interest me much less. This book is the former.
Jack
Nov 15, 2015 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book I read some 30 to 40 years ago. I remember being a fan of Van Vogt, but none of his works stick out.
Bennett Starnes
Apr 06, 2013 Bennett Starnes rated it really liked it
Nothing amazing, but a fun read & I ended up liking the main character by the time it was done.
John
Jun 01, 2015 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
1981 grade B+
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I lost count around 762. I think it was Dave.
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I'm a big fan of AE Van Vogt whose fiction is often both weird and fantastical, but this is not one of his best efforts. His protagonist is an unpleasant man of a type the author holds in contempt, yet he triumphs despite himself. Vogt was a psychologist who I think understood some of the nastier aspects of men very well, but lacked insight into women. In some of his books that's not a huge problem, but in this one it really is.
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Alfred Elton van Vogt was a Canadian-born science fiction author regarded by some as one of the most popular and complex science fiction writers of the mid-twentieth century—the "Golden Age" of the genre.

van Vogt was born to Russian Mennonite family. Until he was four years old, van Vogt and his family spoke only a dialect of Low German in the home.

He began his writing career with 'true story' ro
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