Refugee (Bio of a Space Tyrant #1)
CALIGULA OF THE STARS
Though he was later accused of every crime and sexual perversion in the galaxy, Hope Hubris began as an innocent. Because he defended his older sister against the violent lusts of a wealthy scion, Hope and his peasant family were forced to flee Callisto, one of the moons of Jupiter. Pursued by the bloodthirsty scions across the airless de ...more
One of Anthony's many flaws is his sexual hangups, and rather like Heinlein, sometimes he lets them all hang out in an ugly, ruinous way. The ending to Heinlein's Friday is justifiably viewed with revulsion by many fans -- I can't describe it without spoiling that novel. However, in Bio of a Space Tyrant, Anthony's ugliness comes to the ...more
2 May 2012
Well, this is the last of the Piers Anthony series that I have read, though I have recently discovered that he has added a further book to this series which I have not read (and do not plan on reading simply because I have no interest in reading any more of these stories). In a way, this series also seems to demonstrate Anthony's perception of women in that the female characters in this book seem to be incapable of resisting what he considers to be a sexually v ...more
This is the first book in Piers Anthony’s Bio of a Space Tyrant. It details Hope Hubris the eventual Tyrant of Jupiter in his younger days.
Hope and his sister are exiled from their home world and travel through the solar system on their way to Jupiter. Along the way they encounter pirates, again and again, who unleash violent horror on the travelers, again and again. The basic storyline is that people who have power over others will perpetrate horrific torture, rape, and murder upon those they c...more
The series does greatly improve after book one but I am concerned that many readers will bail after this volume.
I have read a number of other "dark" sci-fi stories -- Donaldson's "Gap" series among the best -- and "Refugee" compares somewhat ill-favorably. Now, I am ...more
What I remember was that it held my interest through the first two books and then became a little repetative in the third.
I first picked this up because I found the idea intriguing as well as loving the character's conflicting name; "Hope Hubris." Piers Anthony also took the political, geographical and resource divisions on Earth and expanded them throughout the universe.
Hope and his ...more
Yet, somehow, I still find myself obsessed. Admitted ...more
This is act one of a classic space opera. Our (anti?)hero is a boy. He loses everything and is tested repeatedly. He suffers horribly as does pretty much everyone he encounters. The brutal rape of his sister at the very start sets the scene for the horrors that unfold.
It's interesting to read this book, written as it was in the ...more
Refugee can be a harsh read. The story of Hope Hubris and his family's journey to the Land of the Free on Jupiter is not that of a pleasure cruise. There are rapes, murders, sacrifice and heartbreak ... it is not your usual sci-fi thriller - butt its also not a ponderous, difficult ...more
Didn't actually enjoy reading it that much.
Just like nearly every other review on here I have to harp on about the rape element.
This is the rapiest book I have ever read!
Hardly a page goes by when some one is either raped, worried about getting raped, worrying they will rape someone else, reminiscing about their first rape or musing about rape in general.
"As Bob prepared his b ...more
A retelling of politics of the 80's. Most of this is based off some of the darker stuff that actually happened to refugees. Not suitable for under 17. Not for those who like happy endings. Does illustrate that history moves in cycles.
I should have tempered my expectations.
I picked Refugee (Bio of a Space Tyrant #1), by Piers Anthony because it was first on the bookshelf.
I abandoned it after 53 pages. I couldn’t get past the writing.
It opens with an “editorial preface” presenting the series as the private papers of Hope Hubris, the Tyrant of Jupiter. Anthony sets lofty expectations for Hubris’s story.
He was, after all, the most r
Refugee is about Hope Hubris as he travels from Callisto to Jupiter as a refugee. He must leave Callisto because he’s family is being targeted by a rich family. His family, along ...more
Volume 1 details how Hope Hubris reaches Jupiter and the horrific conditions he faced on getting there. Volume 2 details the rise of Hope Hubris in the Jupiter Navy and his campaign against the asteroid belt pirates. The books purpose to be the biography of the tyrant of Jupiter. It is written in almost a text book style.
I have mixed feelings about the book. Anthony seemed intent on providing a sense of normalcy for all ...more
And, for the most part, I've enjoyed most of the Piers Anthony books I've read (although most seem somewhat juvenile these days.)
I read this one years ago, and, quite frankly, it horrified me. It was not the subject matter which I've seen written about in science fiction, mystery and non-fiction genres, but the constant repetition of violence and pretty much everything offensive. Most of the characters are p ...more
I originally started this as a paperback but (as often happens to me) ...more
Piers is a self-proclaimed environm ...more