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Keith Laumer: The Lighter Side

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Two complete novels in one volume feature hapless heroes caught in an out-of-kilter spacetime clockwork: Chester W. Chester IV, who has inherited his great-grandfather's lifework--a super computer that can bring any situation or time to life; and Roger Tyson, who is being pursued through time by a motorcycle-riding, rutabaga-like alien in a world where eras millions of yea ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 512 pages
Published April 30th 2002 by Baen
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Jun 19, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Socially awkward geeks
Shelves: science-fiction
"In the Queue" was nice, but the few others I sat through weren't worth it and I abandoned this. It's nice to know I have some capacity for limiting the crap I read.

You may enjoy it if you're the type who listens to novelty songs about Star Trek.
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Very, very dated humor. The female characters are, for the most part, simpering idiots.

As with any short story collection, has its decent ones and its poor ones, but the decent ones aren't all that good either, at least in my opinion, so skip it and go read something more interesting.
Dec 21, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-text, re-read
Previously read October 2003

Another freebie from the Baen Free Library.

Since I read this e-book in moments snatched here & there over the past few months - it's difficult to recall some of the material. "In the Queue" is a pointed look at bureaucracy, and "The Planet Wreckers" is film noirish, with a twist that you may have seen on South Park, of all places.

"The Body Builders" gives us a look at society where you can replace your physical body with various makes & models at will, and y
Kelly Wagner
Jan 25, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm rereading a bunch of the old paperback SF that I have another dozen boxes of to go through and get rid of most of. What one finds when rereading old Keith Laumer is that a little bit goes a long way, and that rereading an entire volume gets tiresome. It's dated, it's sexist, it's not nearly as funny as it all seemed back in the 60s when I was reading it in Galaxy magazine as a teenager. The cover illustration, a giant rutabaga on a motorcycle, is pretty funny, and a few pages of the story it ...more
Dec 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
Did not enjoy this book. With that said, I always find some short story books difficult to read as I cannot keep my attention on different characters and plots; I lose interest. I find his writing a little dull and found myself scheming just to be able to finish the book (I cannot stand leaving a book I've started reading unfinished.
Jul 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, kindle
I found this collection of short stories/novellas to be a mixed bag. Some were clever, some were interesting, but some were pretty corny/forced in their attempts at humor. I ended up skipping over a couple of the stories, while quite enjoying some of the others.
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it

Tapping the vein in the screwball comedy genius of Keith Laumer, the most popular science fiction writer and creator of the Retief series, this volume contains two complete novels of hapless heroes caught in out-of-kilter spacetime clockwork. (May)

Keith Sanders
Mar 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
Crazy book.
Lynn Calvin
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May 01, 2011 rated it liked it
More humorous stories in fast, hard-boiled prose from Keith Laumer. Well worth a read.
Kevin Connery
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Laumer���s funnier side; short stories and novellas.
Aug 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Some great stories, some not so great, but all at least interesting.
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Feb 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: novels, sci-fi
Some interesting ideas in this book, but nothing spectacular.
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John Keith Laumer (9 June 1925–23 January 1993) 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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