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Podróż do miasta umarłych (Humanx Commonwealth #11)

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Wiele światów Współnoty Humanx szczyciło się "cudami natury", lecz Końskie Oko było rzeczywiście planetą jedyną w swoim rodzaju. Miało najbardziej niezwykłą dolinę rzeczną w całym znanym wszechświecie i aż trzy miejscowe gatunki inteligentne. Ta fascynująca planeta wymagała starannych badań.

Po wielu miesiącach cierpliwych starań Etienne i Lyra Redowlowie otrzymali w końc
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Paperback, 280 pages
Published 1996 by Alfa (first published 1984)
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Paul
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book contains a good, old-fashioned romp of an adventure story. It's the science fiction equivalent of the pith-helmeted explorer hacking his way through dense jungle to find the riches of the legendary lost city!

If you're after a deep, meaningful exploration of the darker recesses of the human condition, look elsewhere! If you want a futuristic Indiana Jones type tale with ray guns instead of bull whips, look no further! OK, so the two protagonists are a geologist and an anthropologist ins
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Bryan
Feb 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, favorites
I don't think I've ever read a "perfect" Alan Dean Foster book... but there are enough of his books that I've enjoyed immensely that I'll give them 5 stars anyways.

This is another great Alan Dean Foster novel. Forget that the characters were a bit wooden, and forget that the ending was a bit abrupt and left perhaps some loose ends dangling. I judge this book by the fact that it kept me engrossed - Alan Dean Foster writes adventure stories that keep me flipping pages, and he knows to keep it slim
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Nemo Erehwon
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Etienne and Lyra Redowl are the scientific team assigned to study the planet Horseye. The place has a fascinating river valley 12,000 kilometers long, 13,000 kilometers deep, and wider than the Amazon River. It is allegedly the home to three alien cultures. There are the Mai, humanoids whose religion is free market capitalism nearly run amok. Further upriver are the mole-nosed Tsla who are given to philosophy. And beyond that there are rumors of another physically large yet barbaric race. And at
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Matias
Dec 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vamos a ir con 3 estrellas en esta ocasion. Les voy a explicar porque.
Es una historia clasica de ciencia ficcion. Tenemos colonizadores en un mundo que solo puede ser descripto como un enorme delta de islas en medio de un oceano donde conviven 3 especies inteligentes distintas, los Mai, los Tsla, y los Na. Cabe destacar que el rio principal causo tanta erosion que literalmente se encuentra en un valle rodeado de montañas de gran altura. Tambien cabe destacar que tienen prohibido intercambiar tec
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Cokewater
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was really difficult to decide between giving 4 or 5 stars for this book. In the end I'll give it 4.45 stars, which narrowly rounds down to 4. This book has almost everything I love about books, a strange alien planet with interesting life forms, beautiful landscapes, relatable characters, adventure, and a surprising but satisfying ending.

So why not give it 5 stars? Well, the characters were often bickering instead of being sexy. I'm a sucker for a good romance. Although, the two married lea
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Jonathan
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was given to me by a friend. I have mixed feelings about it, but mostly I am disappointed. I certainly hope there are other stories set in the same universe, because the author seems to have spent a lot of time developing it. I'd hate to see the setting wasted on just this story.

The book does entertain, and it did a good job keeping the interest level up. I do feel like it abused the chapter-end cliffhanger; to me, it's a sign that the author himself thinks the story isn't good enough
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Stephanie Ricker
I usually give an author a couple tries before giving up on them (with a few exceptions–I’m looking at you, Proust). So even though I wasn’t enthralled by the Alan Dean Foster books I’d read before, I gave Voyage to the City of the Dead a shot. Unfortunately, I’m going to have to stick with my first verdict: this dude just isn’t for me. The plot could’ve been good, but I really, really couldn’t stand the characters. All of the remotely likeable ones died miserably or (spoilers) turned out to be ...more
John
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
1984 grade B-
1999 grade B
2017 grade A-

This book gets better each time I read it. The story is what I call a journey novel and is primarily about world and character building. Two scientists travel up a massive river in a high tech boat from below the equator and the ocean that covers the southern hemisphere to the very high north polar ice cap. Along the way they go through quite interesting trials and tribulations. The only real problem with the book is the end which needed just a little bit mo
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Scott Rhee
Alan Dean Foster is the Prolific Whore of Science Fiction. (That's an unofficial title, by the way.) He 's also the Movie Tie-In King of Sci Fi (official title). It's not so much that he writes well as he simply writes a lot. And, actually, some of his stuff is well-written. "Voyage to the City of the Dead" is one of his so-so books. It's a quick, entertaining read that doesn't have an enormous amount of build-up, which is okay because it doesn't really go anywhere anyway. Some interesting hard ...more
Mark Bond
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this years ago, and as i was listing my books on Goodreads, i thought i would read it again. I was not disapointed, it was as good as i remembered. Foster is very descriptive in his storytelling, with characters, technology and surrroundings being very easy for the reader to imagine. This story takes place in the 'Commonwealth' and tells of a journey along a mighty river and the adventures that take place on it. All in all, a very good read!
Alyssa James
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like a 3.5. The epic discovery was one of my favorite parts, but it also does bug me as it feels like a deus ex machina for sure. I'd stick with a full 4 anyway, but the relationship between Lyra and Etienne took a while for me to get used to. It was rather annoying for quite a while there. Definitely my least favorite part. But still, I enjoyed this book and look forward to the rest of the Alan Dean Foster collection I inherited.
Barry
Mar 18, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had a lot of trouble staying interested in this one and hardly remember it. I don't know if that is because it was boring or I was going through caffine withdrawls and couldn't pay much attention to anything.
Rosz
Apr 22, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-written and interesting tale about a journey a scientific couple take through an alien world. I’m not sure the characters leave you thinking they are hugely likeable, but they are quite real. Reminded me a bit of H Rider Haggard adventures.
Leland Gilsen
Too much spent on the voyage and too little on making the "alien" cultures come alive with a total sneaky impossible ending. I had no real connection with the two protagonists, making this book easy to put down.
Matt
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kind of fun to read, and the different species' cultures are pretty cool. There story itself needs a bit of work, though. I would have preferred to read a fake anthropology text on the cultures than have to slog through the story and its uninteresting characters.
Dan
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one, was a fun exploration adventure and I found the play between the human couple quite funny. (view spoiler)
Dale Rosso
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
E really enjoyed the story, Foster at his best.
Patrik Sahlstrøm
Weakest Foster book I have read. The writing is as always brilliant, but there is no plot to this book. Not bad, but not really recommended either
Bruce
Nov 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
one of foster's better efforts in the series
Joanna
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This is one of Alan Dean Foster's best, most complex books.
Heather Goss
The last 15 pages are such a good payoff it's almost worth wading through 200 pages of married bickering for it. Almost.
Mallory
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I ended up loving this! it took me some time to warm up to the characters and the world they were in, but the story kept me at the edge of my seat and turning pages!
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Bestselling science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in 1946, but raised mainly in California. He received a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 1968, and a M.F.A. in 1969. Foster lives in Arizona with his wife, but he enjoys traveling because it gives him opportunities to meet new people and explore new places and cultures. This interest is carried over to his writing, ...more
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