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Enemy Mine

(Enemy Mine #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  952 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Enemy Mine--The Nebula and Hugo Award winner that inspired the 20th Century Fox motion picture starring Dennis Quaid and Lou Gossett, Jr.

The story of a man, incomplete in himself, taught to be a human by his sworn enemy, an alien being who leaves with the human its most important possession: its future.

Paperback, 218 pages
Published December 31st 1985 by Jove Books (first published September 1979)
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Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read 0595309763, an "authors Guild edition." Iow, the original novelette, not Gerrold's novel created from the movie. I wanted to read it because I remember loving the movie. I had only a vague memory of it, mainly just the attempt, over a campfire, to move from trying to kill each other to communicating. The short book is so much more than that. I loved it. And now I definitely want to see the movie again. I don't have anything specific or useful to say to convince you to read ...more
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me ha encantado, es una historia maravillosa y aunque más o menos sabía lo que me iba a encontrar (hace poco me he leído la mano izquierda de la oscuridad de Le Guin, y más o menos sabía por donde iban a ir los tiros...) pero a pesar de eso me ha sorprendido y muy gratamente.

Me ha conmovido mucho la amistad que se forja en el planteta hostil entre el Drac y el Humano y el compromiso que adquiere el humano Davidge y el cariño con que lleva a cabo su promesa.

Parece mentira como en tan pocas págin
If you've seen the movie, you do not know the real story, you have not read the book. This book is wonderful. Two enemies crash land on a meteor-ish small planet. They almost kill each other, but need each other to survive. They learn to understand each other. And much more happens, that would spoil it to learn ahead of time. This is a book I've read, reread ,remember, and have thoroughly enjoyed.
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me gustó la película pero la novela corta todavía me ha gustado más. Enfrenta la visión del individuo capaz de empatizar frente a la especie y su anhelo expansionista. Muy recomendable.
Aug 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, 1paper, 1ebook, 2fiction
I have the original paperback which is a novelization by Gerrold of the movie that was made of the short story by Longyear. I read it years ago when it first came out & still have it. When a group read came up, I pulled it off the shelves, but decided to read the short story instead. Glad I did.

It was very tight & fast. I read it over my lunch hour. For the most part, it was a lot like the novel, I think. The end differs quite a bit, if I recall correctly. I'll have to skim the book to
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
We should teach this in schools. I'm serious. Everybody needs to read this, like, right now.

1. It's short (100 pages) and the prose is simple but efficient, so everybody has time to finish it. It reads fast and it bridges that gap between fun and literary/deep/philosophical beautifully.
2. It's very moving. I almost cried twice in the first 40 pages (and I'm not really a crier).
3. It encourages acceptance of other and genders without being preachy. It shows the reader through the main char
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Agus Metal
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mis-5-estrellas
Esto es un diez. Un puto DIEZ!

En tan solo las 50 páginas que tiene me ha enamorado. En dos pequeñas tandas de lectura me llevo una historia que recordaré toda la vida. Es una maravilla.
Nov 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: old-school-scifi
I enjoyed the story way more than the ending. One of those old school scifi's where it is all about the story and the ending is just something that is used in two pages to give you posture, regardless of how unlikely it is.
Ben Babcock
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Like some of the other entries in this anthology, Enemy Mine feels like a prototype that defines the mould for an entire subgenre of science fiction. In this case, Barry Longyear uses the plight of two individuals to highlight the folly of the blind hatred taught to them by their respective species. With a human and a Drac soldier stranded together on an inhospitable world in the middle of a war, they must work together to survive. When the Drac reproduces (asexually) and then soon dies, Davidge ...more
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read for the 12 in 12 Challenge and the Big Fun in a Little Package Novella Challenge.

This book won the 1979 Nebula and 1980 Hugo and Locus Awards for Best Novella.

I saw the movie many years ago. In the days of VHS, I got a copy and watched it over and over again until the tape was stretched and there were lines of colourful static running through parts of it.

This is a story of how two sworn enemies are forced to work together to survive, and thus, become the best of friends, even family. It's p
Javier Aguilera
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
This book won the 1979 Nebula and 1980 Hugo and Locus Awards for Best Novella.
Universal thoughts about war, and racism and a beautifully story about hate and friendship.
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
- kind of first contact
- alien with great cultural and philosophical background (unlike those in Starship Troopers, The Forever War, or Ender's Game)
- background narrated within the story
- mixture of action and musing

The movie touched all those checks and the novella doesn't stand back at all.
On the bad side, narration feels rushed very often - from enemies to romantic cuddling in just a few sentences, the dying of alien Jeriba "Jerry" Shigan, and Davidge's investigation on Dracs' planet
Sandi Layne
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I had seen the movie with Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett, Jr., but had never read the book. Didn't even know there was a book out there.

The book is very different, but I found it highly enjoyable. The Irkmaan and the Drac are stranded on a planet alien to them both, but they forge a friendship trusty enough that Davidge (the human) is entrusted with the care of his friend's child.

I was moved by the commitment Davidge displayed as well as the trust shown to him. The end - well, I won't spoil it
Einar Nielsen
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
just finished Barry Longyear's Enemy Mine. A saw the story on a list of great Sci-Fi shorts/novellas and fondly remembered the 80's movie which I saw as a kid. I had heard that the story was much better and that the movie mangled it a bit plus there were production problems. The story starts out great and has many great chapters that revolve around Davidge and Jerry or Davidge and Zammis as they are stranded on the planet. The text is good. You believe in the characters and the ever strengthenin ...more
Felipe Guerrero
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Maravillosa historia, nada menos que eso se puede decir de esta novela corta.

No es de extrañar que haya ganado el premio Hugo y el Nebula, es una historia sencillamente bellísima en mas de un sentido.

Batallas espaciales, dos razas enfrentadas en una guerra y dos seres diferentes que unen sus esfuerzos para sobrevivir a un planeta hostil es el escenario que en esta novela sirve para denunciar el odio racial y la xenofobia que los humanos aún no pueden dejar atrás. Esta novela sigue siendo tan a
Hazel M Bear
Jul 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: movie watchers
Shelves: movie
Though you'd think there was more info in here than the movie, actually it feels like there was about the same, then a portion that was different, but the movie makes up for it with its own bits. I love the film, so it was great to read what prompted it.
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This was good. Universal issues/ideas surrounding war, and racism involved in a beautifully told story about hate and friendship.
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I happened to have watched the movie first, but I loved the book. It's really smooth and fast, yet never forgets to have intriguing details and amazing characters. I loved how much deeper the relationships are and how touching things can be. Damn, it made me cry few times and so far it's been the only book to make me do so, haha.
About 2/3 of the movie are pretty similar to the book, almost line to line and I was very surprised to see that -yet of course the book has many details you just need t
Jenessa Gayheart
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I remember watching the movie years ago and fully enjoyed the process of lessons learned by the mutual enemies. I didn't remember the whole thing, though, and so this reading was delightfully surprising. I've always been charmed by the idea of being stranded on anything - an island, a planet, a mountain... the element of how one learns to survive feeds my curiosity about how people think and reason. The element of relationship survival is another fascination, and this story covers that challenge ...more
Christopher Dodds
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I read this book when I was young and it has stuck with me for years until I finally stumbled upon it in a thrift store in AK. I was delighted to read it again, but worried that it would not live up to the hype I'd given it. I was so happy when it was everything I remembered and more!
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aunque guardo gratos recuerdos de la película, el libro me ha gustado mucho más. Se lee en un rato
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really, truly loved this book. The ending is more realistic than the movie ending and it made me happy. Now, i have to go find a copy of the original story so i can read it too.
Selena Beckman-Harned
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pretty much a perfect story.
Rui Mota
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
As I suspected, because I saw the movie 30years ago, the book is very good. The story is well written and there's more than in the movie.
I hope Hollywood pic it up again.
Dec 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
One good sample of book turned into a film where both are good. Some differences can be found between them, but it's a good reading even if, like me, you have seen the movie before.
Gary Bake
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think I preferred the movie ending. The one in the book was a bit too quick and staggered.
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
how come they never made an OVA of this
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Barry is the first writer to win the Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer all in the same year, for Enemy Mine. In addition to his acclaimed Enemy Mine Series, his works include the Circus World and Infinity Hold series, SF & fantasy novels, recovery and writing instruction works, and numerous short stories. He has just completed the first novel in his Redcliff Series, ...more

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