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Chronicles of the Lensmen, Volume 2

(Lensman #4-6)

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Volume 2 contains the last 3 books of The Lensmen Series: Gray Lensman, Second Stage Lensman, Children of the Lens.

The ancient races of Arisia and Eddore were at war, the battleground, Earth. Only a few earthlings knew of the struggle, or the decisive role they were to play. These were the Lensmen - bred to endure in the conflict with evil.

Enter...Boskone, a network of br
Hardcover, 731 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by Sfbc Science Fiction
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Dan Schwent
Feb 14, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: pulp
The second Chronicles of the Lensmen is much meatier (for the lack of a better term) than the first volume. All the groundwork has already been established so Kim Kinnison, the Gray Lensman, gets right down to business.

One thing that stands out about the Lensman books is that it's clear Doc Smith had things well-planned when he started. While the repeated revelation that the supposed big bad isn't at the top of Boskone could have gotten tiresome, it feels rather natural. I also like the introduc
Ray Schneider
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Well I've read the whole series now. I enjoyed it a lot but it does show how dated it is. Computers are still people who compute. Sliderules are still in vogue. Nevertheless the stories are told on a truly epic scale spanning multiple galaxies and millions of worlds. Given that's it's early space opera I think it hold up pretty well.

The sociology of the characters is very moral and upright which contrasts with the smuttiness of today. As a person whose life has somewhat spanned both worlds I pre
Christopher Sutch
Aug 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
The scope and scale of this work is truly, TRULY staggering. The action is jam-packed. Smith's nonchalance about some things (such as implicit racism and genocide) are disturbing. If you can get past that, though, this is a good series. Start with book 3, read through 6, then read 1 & 2 (also avoid all introductory matter by Smith). Works much better that way.
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
The second half of this series totally fell apart. You know, I understand that old pulp novels aren't going to be the world's greatest literature...but seriously? This was a chore to get through at times.
Jul 05, 2012 marked it as unread-fiction
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Based on vol. 1, the language is more than a little dated, feeling a lot like Victorian era writings.
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