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The Evil That Men Do/The Purloined Planet

(Thief of Thoth #2)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  7 reviews
A double novella book with a psychological thriller from John Brunner and a Space Opera parody from Lin Carter.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 1975 by Belmost Tower Books (first published 1969)
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May 15, 2018 rated it it was ok

The term “complete” might be relative. One tale is fairly complete, the other is more of an extended trifle than a novel, despite the fact that it has an epilogue.

“The Evil That Men Do” by John Brunner is not so much a science-fiction novel as it is a mystery/horror novella. It's easily the better of the two halves here and, despite the fact that it's pretty talky, it felt like it might make a good film. The story concerns a hypnotist named Godfrey who is coaxed into performing at a party and
Lin Carter’s The Purloined Planet is a tad choppy, inconsistent. But it ends well and amusingly. It is an sf mystery, and one of the better ones I have read.

It is a comedy and written as such. One of the conceits is that the hero, Hautley Quicksilver, is not only astoundingly accomplished, he is . . . conceited. Many of the jokes are a tad obvious, and centered around Quicksilver’s pride. As such, much of the humor seems a little juvenile or, more accurately, obvious, as in a late 1940s/early ’5
Both of these short novels are mysteries of a sort, as well as science fiction of a sort. The John Brunner one was primarily mystery, with touches of something that might be SF, since I don't think hypnosis really works in some of the ways that it does in the story. The Lin Carter story was odd, sort of like Carter doing a pastiche of a Harry Harrison story. I came away from that one not liking the main character, or even finding him to be interesting enough to care about.
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Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychopathology, sf
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - June 20, 2013

This is a double novella bk - not in the Ace style where the novellas are upside-down in relation to each other. John Brunner, a writer I've only recently begun reading, has once again impressed me enormously. Any creative person who can surprise me w/ a work, who can do something DIFFERENT from what I'm already familiar w/ by them is bound to get more respect from me.
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Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've only read the 1st novel in this volume, "The Evil That Men Do" by John Brunner. I would consider it speculative fiction in the style of Colin Wilson rather than sci-fi. The plot is concerned with the link between a young girl kept in seclusion by an insane mother and a man serving time for a sexually motivated crime. Both are capable of auto-hypnosis and when the striking similarity between their visions comes to the the attention of an 'amateur' psychologist, he suspects that they are bein ...more
Sep 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Note: my copy only included 'The Evil That Men Do

An amateur hypnotist discovers more than he expected when he shows off his skill at a party and a young woman's mind lies in the balance.

This feels something like a medical detective story, where the protagonist has to figure out what's wrong with the patient before something terrible happens. It's got that somewhat naively eager view of the power of hypnosis from the early to mid part of the last century which dates it somewhat but it's a fairly
The first story didn't have a lot of supernatural elements beyond the hypnosis, but turned out differently than I expected! The second is amusingly rich in misogynistic purple prose (a product of the times, or perhaps an author overdoing it on purpose), but was a good deal more predictable. The aliens were interesting, but the science is woefully out of date!
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John Brunner was born in Preston Crowmarsh, near Wallingford in Oxfordshire, and went to school at St Andrew's Prep School, Pangbourne, then to Cheltenham College. He wrote his first novel, Galactic Storm, at 17, and published it under the pen-name Gill Hunt, but he did not start writing full-time until 1958. He served as an officer in the Royal Air Force from 1953 to 1955, and married Marjorie Ro ...more

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