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Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future (Santiago #1)

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Bandit, murderer, known to all, seen by none...has he killed a thousand men? Has he saved a dozen world? His legend is as large as the Rim itself, his trail as elusive as a wisp of starlight in the empty realms of space. The reward for him is the largest in history.
Paperback, 376 pages
Published August 15th 1992 by Tor Books (first published March 1986)
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Mike (the Paladin)
I didn't know what I was getting into here... Let me go out on a limb here. While I don't intend to give a spoiler (I like this book so I wouldn't ruin it for you) I suspect many if not most people who have read quite a lot will see where the book is going and it's surprise won't really be a surprise. That said even if you do spot it, it's worth the ride.

You will I suspect be right at home here if you've read much science fiction. This is another western/science fiction novel where all the facet
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Stephen
4.5 to 5.0 stars. Mike Resnick's books are always a ton of fun and this one is among my favorites. Bigger than life characters chasing around the "Outer Frontier" of Resnick's remarkable universe (in which all of his books take place within) in search of the mythical "Santiago." I basically read it straight through and really enjoyed it. Highly recommended.

Nominee: Locus Award Best SF Novel (10th)
Michael
A friend recommended this to me, saying that "Santiago" reminded him of "Firefly." Being the Joss Whedon obsessed fan that I am, I was immediately intrigued so I picked up a copy of this and the sequel novel, "The Return of Santiago."

And now that I've read half of the saga (which, thankfully "Santiago" is a self contained book), I'm not sure I'm in any kind of hurry to pick up the next installment. It's not that "Santiago" is necessarily a bad book--it's not. It's just not necessarily a great bo
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The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
Three Stars

Good story with a different feel than most Science Fiction.

On the good side, there were colourful characters, and an interesting back story. This reminded me of a the Clint Eastwood Bounty Hunter Spagetti Westerns like "A Few Dollars More" and "A Fist Full of Dollars." The setting reminded me very much of Josh Whedon's "Fifefly" Tv Series (And "Serenity" the Motion Picture follow-up). Basically this story could have been set in any story-adventure world, fantasy, modern, future. It ha
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Craig
May 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This is another of my favorites, and in my opinion is Resnick's best story and contains his best writing by far. The book is filled with larger-than-life characters crafted to be similar to Paul Bunyan or Johnnie Appleseed, and the whole thing blends and builds to a wonderful mythic climax.
Mathew Walls
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook
A cast of unlikeable characters and a central premise that defies believability. The "twist" at the end is incredibly obvious and the only thing that makes you even suspect that it might not turn out that way is that the characters all seem to be stupid enough to not think of it.

Basically, the book is about bounty hunters going after a legendary criminal known as Santiago. But no one knows what he looks or sounds like, what his real name is, where he's from or even what crimes he's actually link
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James
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Caught somewhere between Firefly and a bio pic, I couldn't help but think what a wonderful mini series this would make. But then shortly thereafter it occurs to me that the complete and utter joy of this book isn't so much in the adventure, it's in the flamboyant, delightful characters you encounter with each chapter and that this would likely make for a rather dull and uneventful mini series.

Fortunately it is however a more than thoroughly enjoyable read! My only complaint would be that Resnick
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David
Dec 03, 2012 rated it liked it
I’m not sure when my desire to be a writer first sparked, but I can tell you when it roared into full flame; it was the day Mike Resnick spoke at my high school. I was a junior, and I’d been a voracious reader for years. I’d even written a short story for my English class, taught by one of my favorite teachers, Mrs. Henry. It might have been Mrs. Henry who arranged Resnick’s visit.

To be perfectly honest, the thing that sealed the deal for me was Mike talking about how he slept as late as he want
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Alex
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
I can't understand what all the fuss is about with this book. Fantasy Review said:

“Santiago is a first-class space opera, maybe the best ever written.”

Other people kept referring to "larger than life characters", still others said it was the best book they'd ever read and that the plot twist was magnificent.

Well, all that seems like a good endorsement. I started reading, 30% into the book I found it boring and not first-class at all. I kept waiting for the "larger than life characters" to appea
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Adrian
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: papel
Siempre han existido dos maneras de vivir, una libre y otra sometido al orden…
Este libro nos cuenta la historia de ese Universo futuro donde coexisten de manera más o menos pacifica esos dos estilos de vida… La Democracia impone su orden a los mundos humanos y domina a los alienígenas, pero en la Frontera aún se vive de manera libre como en el antiguo oeste americano… Forajidos, cazarecompensas, colonos, timadores, jugadores, predicadores, proscritos…; mundos y mundos que viven al margen y que s
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Benjamin Newland
Jan 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
Dear Kenny,

Thanks for your last letter. Glad I could remind you of a favorite novel from long ago, and I’m glad to have joined the club of “People that read the *%^#ing classics” as you so eloquently put it.

Got another one for you, not quite as old, and not quite as famous, but so much fun. Have you heard of Mike Resnick? He’s written quite a few books, none of which I had read before I picked up Santiago. This is another recommendation from Card’s interview with GoodReads. In the interview he t
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Diane
Aug 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
From Amazon, August 27, 2006: If I could give this a 6-star rating, I would.

I tend to prefer fantasy, with medieval-type settings, with some magic or things of similar nature. This book doesn't even come close, and yet it is one of my favorite books; one of only a handful that I enjoy re-reading.

It starts out as a corny space opera/wild-west style story. You might groan, thinking you have picked up one of the silliest stereotyped stories ever written. (I did, the first time I read it). And yet
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Jeffrey
May 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
All fluff and no substance. Lauded for "larger than life" characters, I found most of them to be boorish cardboard cutouts of characters. The scenes are hardly described and bland, the best ideas and people are left to languish. There's (view spoiler)

Lauded for being fun, I imagine m
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Roger
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
You gotta love a book with character names such as: "Sebastian Nightingale Cain" aka "The Songbird", "The Angel", "Poor Yorick", "Jolly Swagman", "Man-Mountain Bates", "Virtue McKenzie" aka the "Virgin Queen", and "Moonripple". And all of these colorful characters want to know where the uber criminal/terrorist "Santiago" currently resides. Some want to kill him, others want to kiss him, many want to capture him, one wants to steal from him and another wants to interview him. Resnick broke the mo ...more
Ignacio Senao f
Sin duda tiene un buen final.
El señor autor tiene una gran personalidad literaria, sus novelas están marcadas por muchos diálogos, nada de descripciones, no bajar el ritmo y personajes degradados que acaban siendo héroes.
Todo gira entorno a un tal Santiago, que no se sabe si existe, pero es muy famoso, las leyendas hablan de él tanto bien como mal. Un grupo de caza recompensas irán en su búsqueda individual para llevarse lo que ofrecen por su cabeza. Ángel es malvado y peligroso e ira a su bol
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Avani
Aug 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Firefly
Shelves: favorites
This would also have been a 4.5 star review if I could, but I rounded up because the book was just so much fun. I don't like most comedies, even under the guise of science fiction, but this book manages to be light-hearted (there are a lot of deaths) and funny while still maintaining a serious undercurrent and not overusing puns and popular culture references. I also liked the ending. Overall, the book is warm, fuzzy, simple, and fun. Highly recommended.
Ron
Dec 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Good book, Fresh--if obvious--plot twist. Not so much SF or fantasy as a horse opera set in space, but that worked for George Lucas.

Liked using the verses of doggerel as a devise for propelling and explaining the plot. (Especially cute that almost all were admitted to be in error.)
Arlene Allen
Aug 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Way before Firefly - this is an awesome combination of myth, spaghetti western, and space opera.
John
Dec 11, 2009 is currently reading it
Not every hero starts out that way. Not every bad guy is a bad person.
Mark Stone
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When a sci-fi veteran like Mike Resnick attempts to create a Wild West mythos in the far future, you know something interesting is going to happen.
Turns out it's top-notch as well.
I read this a few years ago and decided to re-read it recently and am glad I did. As a writer I can appreciate the delicate nuances in his writing, but as a reader I dig his world-building. Or should I say universe-building? Myth-building? Whatever.
What counts is that this a slam-bang, action packed romp through the co
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Carmelo Medina
Novela con tintes de Firefly. Según la leía era todo muy "vaqueros en el espacio". Muchos personajes interesantes. No me acabó de enganchar.
Yadira
Jan 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Entretenido. Nada realista ni profundo, pero no pretende serlo. Eso sí, predecible.
Robert Stenson
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future For those who like hard science in their science fiction, this book is not for you. Oh, there are faster-than-light spaceships (including one that used to be a human*), laser and sonic pistols, alien races, and a galaxy-wide civilization, but this story is all about the characters; the science takes a back seat here.
 
The story is told in six parts (Books) from the point of view of six of the many characters that populate this tale, all of whom have a compelling
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George
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Ένα απολαυστικό, διασκεδαστικό και περιπετειώδες space opera μυθιστόρημα, το οποίο διαδραματίζεται... παντού. Το σύμπαν είναι αχανές, γεμάτο με πολλά πλανητικά συστήματα, με χιλιάδες πλανήτες, μικρούς και μεγάλους, με μικρές και χαώδεις αποστάσεις μεταξύ τους, και με διάφορα είδη εξωγήινων.

Τι γίνεται στην ιστορία; Ένας χαμός! Σε γενικές γραμμές, έχουμε διάφορους τύπους, όπως κυνηγούς κεφαλών, δολοφόνους, δημοσιογράφους, ληστές, συλλέκτες έργων τέχνης και ένα κάρο άλλους, που στήνουν συμφωνίες μ
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Les
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It has to be said that Mike Resnick writes very enjoyable, fun and entertaining stories and this is no exception. Santiago is the second full-length novel in the 'Birthright' universe that I've read where Man has spread across/infested the galaxy and I can see why it's such a popular book with sci-fi fans. It's a space-opera with a distinct 'Western' feel, with outlaws, gamblers, drunks and bounty hunters all involved in the affairs of Man across the space that he shares with various other senti ...more
Nich Weidman
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Slight confession: This book has been one of my favorites since I first discovered it as a kid, and I've read it maybe 10 times, so I may be a bit biased at this point.

In some ways, this book bites off more than it can chew - honestly, the end is a bit rushed and falls together a bit too easily - but it largely succeeds at what it is trying to do. Resnick has always been, at heart, a Western fan who writes sci-fi. This book is based in a universe that manages to be Firefly years before Firefly w
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Brendan
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's exactly as mythical as the title implies, a space western in the classic vein of American tall tales. The plot, the characters, the dialog, all go down beat for beat exactly as you'd expect.

What makes it good is the way in which this familiar and formulaic story is executed. It's hard to describe, but every character is note-perfect, behaving entirely consistent to their role or archetype. Most books have a moment or two of confusion, where characters are sub
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Bill Rogers
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book years ago and enjoyed it. Now I've re-read it. Usually when I do that the magic is gone. Not this time. I might be more impressed with Santiago this time than I was before.

Hard science fiction it ain't. The reader knows that the characters travel planet to planet aboard starships because Resnick says so, but that's almost as much detail as he gives.

No, this isn't a book about space technology. It's about myths; how they are made, how they are spread, and how they are kept.

Sebas
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Siddhant Mohalanobish
If the world were just dime-store westerns, this book would be rated as a five-out-of-five dime-store western.

At its heart, this book is just a western novel ... "In Space". Space, as a theme, isn't explored and is just used by the author as an excuse to introduce deus-ex-machinas, exotic locales, and the like without having to actually flesh them out -- "Because Space". The book could've just as well been set elsewhere- maybe the fantasy world of Wild Wild West (starring Will Smith as Black Orp
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Chris
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Santiago is such a pleasure to read. It has some of the most colorful characters in a sci-fi novel that I have read. The plot is engaging and there is a decent twist at the end.
The book follows Sebastian Nightingale Cain, much to his anger called the Songbird. He is a bounty hunter on the trail of the most notorious outlaw on the space frontier. The book is interspersed, at the beginnings of chapters mostly, with the ballad of Black Orpheus, who writes about the various characters on the frontie
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Michael "Mike" Diamond Resnick, better known by his published name Mike Resnick, is a popular and prolific American science fiction author. He is, according to Locus, the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short science fiction. He is the winner of five Hugos, a Nebula, and other major awards in the United States, France, Spain, Japan, Croatia and Poland. and has been short-listed ...more
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