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This Fortress World

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The universe was ruined...
The Church was the only link between a thousand nameless, warring, fortress worlds. Dane was an acolyte, a Keeper of Mysteries, until he was entrusted with the greatest Mystery of all. It was a stone that spoke. It gleamed in his hand and spoke in his mind with a tiny voice from the far end of Time: "I am Earth..." Then Dane became a warrior for a
Paperback, 201 pages
Published April 1st 1979 by Berkley (first published 1955)
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Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Future dark ages

The rating is more like 3.5 stars rounded up. There is a kind of freshness to the writing that I liked, but it can also read as a bit naive and even pretentious. Every character the protagonist comes in contact with seems initially to serve as a means of exposition on different views on politics; and thus they are left somewhat thin and their motivation subject to the needs of the author. Yet this kind of simple storytelling has its charms. In the preface the author says that
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf
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James E. Gunn's This Fortress World
by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - December 25, 2014

Somewhat to my surprise, this is the SEVENTH bk I've read by Gunn, the earliest, & my least favorite so far. Of these 7, I've reviewed 4: Future Imperfect ( ), The Listeners ( ), The Magicians ( ), & Kampus ( ).

The "PROLOGUE" sets
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: male
Well, this was a nice book, not too dense, not too smart, not too boring. It was just good.

In some parts it made me say "wait, how does that even work", like in the beginning of the book, the main character has lived in a monastery for all of his life, and then in the next chapter he learns to fight like a pro in two days of training... like... ok? I guess, if it had been more days, weeks, even months, it would have been believable, but just two sessions and he is a perfect shooter? ok

Of course
Charles Dee Mitchell
This is James Gunn's first published novel, although that same year, 1955, he co-wrote a novel with Jack Williamson. To say, at this almost sixty year remove, that Fortress World is of mostly historical interest may sound like damning with faint praise, but the story and style are very much of their time. I read it with curiosity and interest rather than enthusiasm and never got involved with the story or characters. It is almost as much a noirish exercise as it is SF, and I imagined its scenes ...more
David Olier
Jun 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cifi
Me debato entre 3* y 4*.

La verdad es que es corto y sin florituras. Va directo al grano.

Se lee fácil, hace reflexionar y es medianamente original.

Sin embargo hay muchas cosas que suceden "por arte de magia" y sin explicación lógica aparente, además de que tiene un aroma religioso a lo largo de sus páginas que lo deslucen un poco.

Y lo que más desluce este libro (que he leído en su versión digital) es el total desastre de puntuación de diálogos y errores de traducción y ortografía que hay.

El uso
Mar 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The first chapters are engaging and interesting. Then the middle of the book gets, by degrees, more bizarre and weird. Every once in awhile, a line is dropped - and though it has a good sense to it, it doesn't mesh with the plot. Finally, the last three chapters are engaging and curious and the resolution is "something to think about."

Also, I was grumpy with the author for what I thought he was doing with a particular group on the book - then the ending was a complete 180. Not sure if that is
Aug 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Both typical of its time and not. There's violence aplenty, and cruelty, in the nonstop action. Although the love interest uses sex/prostitution to get what she wants, she's basically good at heart (as she must be), yet the references to her "bad" behavior are so coy it's hard to tell at first what the narrator is hinting at.

I was surprised that the protagonist's eventual goal is achieving peace by breaking down barriers to communication.
Jun 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, engaging story. Written cleanly, clearly, and concisely. Provides food for thought.
Stephen Robertson
one word on this story: whimsical
Craig Russo
Nov 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Pretty good. Depressing, though.
Oct 21, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy, scifi
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American science fiction author, editor, scholar, and anthologist. His work from the 1960s and 70s is considered his most significant fiction, and his Road to Science Fiction collections are considered his most important scholarly books. He won a Hugo Award for a non-fiction book in 1983 for Isaac Asimov: The Foundations of Science Fiction. He was named the 2007 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master ...more