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Master of Paxwax

(Pawl Paxwax, the Gardener #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  3 reviews
The first of four parts of a far-future drama of revenge and tragedy, involving a huge cast of humans and aliens. Seeking to bring about the fall of the autocratic, decadent, human galactic empire, the aliens manipulate Pawl Paxwax, second son of one of the eleven dynastic human families.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 31st 1986 by Victor Gollancz (first published July 29th 1986)
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Angela Oliver
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This classic science-fiction tale has now been reprinted and rereleased in the New Zealand market - and thanks to Booksellers NZ, found its way into my reading pile. Now, I do not normally read science fiction, favouring fantasy, but as the synopsis sounded somewhat like a space opera, I figured it was worth reading.

And it was.

Highly enjoyable, highly original, with plenty of complex political wrangling, alliances and enemies. At the centre of it all, young Pawl Paxwax, suddenly summoned back to
Laf Lyons
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a joy to sail through and the colourful characters made it a fun, even though at time precarious, journey.

Though immediately sold to Pawls plight, I was left feeling not particularly emotionally connected to it, nor was there emotional pay off for me.

However, I'm looking forward to continuing onto the sequel.
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I raced through this book. it is well written and very easy to read. the subject is a little silly. Aliens trying to over throw the evil human over lords who have split into competing fanctions. Now mutated so they are as much alien as the aliens, each family has its own mutation. one lot has feathets, some other guys have tusks etc. etc. A bit silly but engaging and I am looking forward to getting the sequel
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Phillip Mann was born in 1942 and studied English and Drama at Manchester University and later in California. He worked in the New China News Agency in Beijing for two years but has lived in New Zealand since 1969, working as a theatre critic, drama teacher and university Reader in Drama.

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