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Phaid the Gambler (The Song of Phaid the Gambler #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  128 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Paperback, 296 pages
Published August 1st 1986 by Ace (first published 1986)
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Patrick Andrew
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of my my top ten favourites. Loved all of Micks sci fi and this one in particular. Dunno is it was the time of life I read it (teenager) or the because of the when it was written (80s) but it felt that the opulent but dystopian future full of oppurtunities but with pitfalls round every corner was such a rollercoaster ride that you just didn't want to get off. Think wild west coupled with the decline of Rome and a healthy dose of drug culture and you won't be a thousand miles away from the fe ...more
Nov 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: f-sf
This is a dystopian view of a future world ruined by a breakdown in weather machines. It is a road trip with diverse adventures concluding in a post apocalyptic revolutionary outbreak that has elements of the French revolution and the anarchy of post great war Berlin. There are aliens waiting for the humans to kill themselves, aristocrats who are treacherous but brave, fanatic clerics, and a variety of interesting new drugs. Its not a bad read if a little disjointed in moving from the different ...more
John Haigh
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A great read, the book feels cinematic with lush renditions of life in a very different future earth. I love the central character Phaid, a well thought through person with many weaknesses and a few strengths.
Nov 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: neveragain
Dear Mr. Farren:

While this book was well written with great characters and a compelling story, I'm more than dissapointed that you didn't write a complete story. I'm not a fan of series and find them indicative of either laziness, playing it safe or as it seems in this case, greed. Yet I'll try the first of a series, especially if I've enjoyed an authors previous work, fully expecting that at the very least the "Book" will be a complete stand-alone story and not a serial cartoon. However enterta
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most memorable and best science fictions books I have ever read. Fast paced and with a great story, if you've never read it, find a copy and do so. I must read this one again soon too!
Jan 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Amanda by: Gary
Great book! hopefully get around to a review soon - have a bunch of them to do but have 4 finals this week so don't know when i'll get around to them
Greg Lindsay
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wonderful scifi book.
Steven Shelley
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Loved Protectorate so wanted to like this. Thought it started very well but after the halfway point totally ran out of steam.

An earlier book I believe so that may account for it.
May 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Liked this book. Cool characters, settings.
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Farren was the singer with the proto-punk English band The Deviants between 1967 and 1969, releasing three albums. In 1970 he released the solo album Mona – The Carnivorous Circus which also featured Steve Peregrin Took, John Gustafson and Paul Buckmaster, before leaving the music business to concentrate on his writing.

In the mid-1970s, he briefly returned to music releasing the EP Screwed Up, alb
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