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The Outpost

(Birthright #26)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  194 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Award-winning writer Mike Resnick takes us back to his wild and wooly Inner Frontier in this tall-tale of an adventure novel.

On the planet Henry II, orbiting the twin suns of Plantagenet and Tudor, at the very edge of the great black hole at the center of the Milky Way, there is a tavern called The Outpost. Through the doors of The Outpost have come the greatest heroes, vi
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 2nd 2002 by Tor Books (first published May 4th 2001)
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4.5 stars. Fun, interesting escapism. Nothing real deep here, but the stories are fun and the setting is interesting.
Jul 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, ebooks, humor, favorites
You know what it's like when somebody is really "in the zone"?

Think of the Beatles' song "Hey Jude". At the time, it was unheard of for a single to be over 7 min long. But the band was just in the groove, and it was such a joy - listeners just didn't want that song to end! It was great to hear them having so much fun - it was obvious that the musicians were operating on a creatively higher realm, one in which inspiration comes by instinct (and works so well that it almost seems effortless and br
Jul 11, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, pulp
This book follows a large group of characters ("heroes"). The conceit is that they have all gathered at a bar at the end of the galaxy where they exchange stories, get caught up in a war, and then exchange stories re the battle. I was a bit disappointed in the book. I have come to expect great things from Resnick and didn't feel this quite did the trick. It was interesting to read the actual deeds of the characters and then laugh at how they "improved" the stories at the later retelling. But eac ...more
Noah Stacy
Mar 31, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pulp, fiction
Finding Mike Resnick's books is a chore, for some reason. When I'm able to, though, I love them: they tend to be rollicking good fun, with larger-than-life characters and stories. The Outpost is a perfect example of his style. A bar on the Inner Frontier attracts the wildest of adventurers, bounty hunters, and con men. They tell the stories of their deeds while the war keeps coming closer. When the war finally arrives, they go out to do their part--and the reader gets to see who actually had wh ...more
A surprisingly light and fluffy book that mostly consists of tall tales told in a bar setting. The characters are one-dimensional archetypes.
Roy DeRousse
Dec 02, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this novel by Mike Resnick. It is set in a bar at the edge of the known universe. Various larger than life "legends" sit around, telling - greatly exaggerated - stories about themselves. Stories similar to stuff like Paul Bunyon and Babe the blue ox.

At first, that put me off. Why do I want to read a story about fictional characters telling largely fictionalized stories about themselves? The trouble was - the stories were fun. The setting of the book does change at some point, with the
D.L. Morrese
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
A collection of rogues and heroes meet at an out of the way bar - really out of the way - on a planet at the fringes of human occupied space. It seems to be the only thing there. They share tall tales of their exploits and learn of an approaching war and that the alien invaders have just destroyed the Human Space Navy fleet sent to stop them. So after finishing a last round of drinks they go to do what heroes do. When they return, well, most of them anyway, they relate their tales for posterity. ...more
Jeff Yoak
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What Spider Robinson is asked where Callahan's really is, he often resorts to the reply, "Where you're standing now." We already know that The Place is known to move about. Apparently, some eight thousand years into the Galactic Era, it'll be at a place called The Outpost.
Jan 14, 2008 rated it liked it
Good book
science fiction
a bunch of funny/wierd stories by an assortment of characters from the future
who are in a bar trying to sit our a war but eventually join and help out the humans who are trying to defeat the aliens in a space battle
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Outpost is Resnick's version of Callahan's Place, or Gavagan's Bar, or The White Hart... the far-future, far-far-away version. Bigger than life heroes with exaggerated exploits, Resnick's mythic characters kick back, swap tales, and stop an alien invasion in their down time. Loads of fun!
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. The author used a unique way of telling a plot through the 'stories' of the characters. In this way, even though it was written in first person, the reader could see what many of the other characters were like.
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction, book
Good science fiction story.
Stephen Heverin
It took me a while to get through this one. I liked the concept, unfortunately I think the style in which this story(stories) were conveyed just wasn't for me.
Dec 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Bawdy stories from a bar at the edge of a black hole where the galaxy's most famous heroes and villains gather to swap tall tales. Funny and furious Space Opera.
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: y2016
Tall Tale, Shaggy Dog Story, whatever you call em, this novel-length collection of them is joyous romp from cover to cover.
John Teehan
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was a blast. A good read for lovers of stories. You can read my original review at ...more
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Michael "Mike" Diamond Resnick, better known by his published name Mike Resnick, was 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 was 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-liste ...more

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