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The Avengers of Carrig

(Zarathustra Refugee Planets #1)

3.22  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Once the city of Carrig stood supreme on this planet that had seen settled by space refugees in the distant, forgotten past. From every corner of this primitive lost world caravans came to trade -- and to view the great King-Hunt, the gruesome test by which the people of Carrig choose their rulers. Then from space came new arrivals. And with them came their invincible ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 0356, 157 pages
Published January 1969 by Dell
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***Note: Goodreads has really messed up the order of books in this series. A reader should read "The Avengers of Carrig" and "The Repairmen of Cyclops" is that order, since they occur in chronological order, with some of the same characters. One can read Polymath, a distant prequel, either before or after. But I recommend before, since there is a small spoiler for Polymath in "The Repairmen of Cyclops."

A pulp fiction novella upgraded decades later to a small novel form, this book has a very
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Based on the reviews of this book and the cover art itself, I thought I was in for a mediocre sci-fi novel about spacemen fighting dinosaurs, but I was very wrong and pleasantly surprised by this story. It ended up being a very interesting and satisfying story. It centers around planet 14, where the descendants of refugees that fled the planet Zarathustra live somewhat primitive lives. An outside power has usurped the throne and it is the job of some galactic agents and a cunning native to take ...more
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
I am astonished about the bad rating here. If Robert A. Heinlein would have written this, it would have a rating of 3.80 or so
Justin Benz
Aug 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: spec-fiction
This was the first book I've read by John Brunner, a classic-era sci-fi author who bears a solid reputation if not the grandiose fame of some of his peers. I was initially intrigued by his work after seeing dozens of his novels heaping the sci-fi shelves at the local used bookstore. I chose this one at random.

My choice was somewhat fortuitous in that 'The Avengers of Carrig' is actually the first volume in a trilogy of novels taking place in the same story-telling universe, dubbed the
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: klassiker, scifi
Science Fiction, first published 1969

This year the first new moon of spring fell early. In the hill passes the way was still slippery with ice. By day the travelers’ breath, and that of their beasts of burden, wreathed before their faces in transient curlicues, while the feet of the less fortunate grew numb inside crude straw-stuffed clogs from the soles of which a few nails protruded, hopefully to give extra purchase on the steepest stretches; by night, when the caravan made bivouac, water had
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - June 2, 2014

This is probably the 1st of the many Brunner bks that I've read that I have close to nothing to say about. It's probably also the 1st one that was generic enuf for it not to even seem like it 'had' to be written by Brunner. The back of the title p informs the reader that "A considerably shorter version of this novel appeared in 1962 under the title Secret Agent of Terra" (p 4)

If you're just looking for
May 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brits
Again this was one of the best sci-fi novels that I ever read. I never stop wondering how much wit and inventiveness writers put into sort of novels. I liked especially the mixture of middle ages civilizations, similar like Earth several hundred years ago, with space exploring civilizations. This was a new type of idea that I did not encountered very often in sci-fi novels.
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John Brunner was born in Preston Crowmarsh, near Wallingford in Oxfordshire, and went to school at St Andrew's Prep School, Pangbourne, then to Cheltenham College. He wrote his first novel, Galactic Storm, at 17, and published it under the pen-name Gill Hunt, but he did not start writing full-time until 1958. He served as an officer in the Royal Air Force from 1953 to 1955, and married Marjorie ...more

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Zarathustra Refugee Planets (3 books)
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