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Once There Was A Giant

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Once There Was A Giant (1968)
It's not often that a fellow gets paid well to do what he'd like to do for free, and Baird Ulrik does only that. A licensed assassin who only contracts to kill dope runners, con men, and other scum, Baird Ulrik is an assassin with scruples. But one day he's framed for a crime he didn't commit and his only way out is to assassinate a man who has
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Paperback, 223 pages
Published July 1st 1984 by Tor Books (first published 1968)
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Al "Tank"
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 1984 version has only two stories: Once There Was a Giant and a "bonus" No Ship Boots in Fairyland.

Once There Was a Giant (4-stars) is a Jack the Giant Killer story, but the rolls are reversed. "Jack" (Baird Ulrik, an assassin) is the bad guy and the "giant" (Johnny Thunder) is the good guy.

The story bogs down a bit in the middle, but it's far from boring. Laumer uses the time to develop the characters. By the time things come to a head, I knew the characters quite well and was rooting for J
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Jim
Sep 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, 1paper, 2fiction
This is one of my favorite stories - the SF aspect could be removed without a loss, really is an incidental setting. Just an excellent story.
Caer Glas
Aug 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Hardcore Laumer fans
Not Laumer's best by a long shot, but still readable. Actually contains a novella and novellette as well as a 'scholarly' analysis of Laumer's work. ...more
Philip
Ok the title story is maybe a 3-star read, but then No Ship Boots in Fairyland is as cringy as it sounds, with a race of foot-tall fantasy creatures who in my mind look like Robin Hood in the Disney cartoon version, and whose only named characters are Jimper, King Tweeple the Eater of One Hundred Tarts, and Princess Touch-me-not, so one of those "1 stars only because there aren't 0 stars" items.

The only piece of any real interest is Sandra Miesel's 20-page essay, The Long and the Short Of It, wh
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William Bosco
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Laumer’s main characters are always hard case scenario white men. The main character in this story was one of his coldest hearted bastards yet.

This story shook me up. It provoked my feelings in a way I usually don’t get from Laumer. Another planet, another interesting being and another good sci-fi tale with a twist that left me disgustedly satisfied.

Laumer is a master story teller and this is one of his best.
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John Keith Laumer was an American science fiction author. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he was an officer in the U.S. Air Force and a U.S. diplomat. His brother March Laumer was also a writer, known for his adult reinterpretations of the Land of Oz (also mentioned in Keith's The Other Side of Time).

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