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Double, Double

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  10 reviews
It was deadlier than anything man could imagine - and now it was human too!
It staggered ashore in the lifeless body of an unlucky pilot and put a real damper on a psychedelic rock show...
It unceremoniously introduced itself to nice, reclusive old Miss Beeding and turned her into something much too bizarre for words...
It slowly but surely was eating its way into the hearts
Paperback, 222 pages
Published December 12th 1978 by Del Rey (first published January 1969)
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Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
A rock band is partying on a beach as evening falls. And--something--is it a dog? a human?-- is seen staggering ashore. The rockers don't realize that an alien invasion is underway. This story by British author John Brunner (1934-1995) was published in 1969. The title refers to the creature's ability to duplicate itself--and it's a shapeshifter as well. A good little story with some suspense, it could have been more fully developed. I give it only *** (so so) as it is certainly a weak effort ...more
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - August 6, 2013

Brunner has done it for me again. I've reviewed 5 bks by him now: The World Swappers ( ), Times Without Number ( ), The Whole Man ( ), The Long Result ( ), & Born Under Mars ( ).

In my 1st Brunner review,
Beauregard Shagnasty
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Meh. Lot's of filler. The plot is obvious and dragged out to an almost interminable degree.
Oct 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi
This is basically the plot of Horror on Party Beach.
Oct 15, 2015 rated it liked it
overall sturdy older sf of dealing with an unknown weird life-form on then present day England. Likable characters, plot unremarkable once set in motion and slow at times but enjoyable overall
Bradley Hovda
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid Alien Precursor

Another good, solid horror/science fiction story from Brunner. Some elements of these monsters that eventually show up in Alien include acid and the rapid growth/transformation process. It would make a good movie of its own.
Nov 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Band entdeckt Monster am Meer. Sehr schwach. 3/10
John Loyd
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Double, Double (1969) 221 pages by John Brunner.

A pop rock band looking for a place to throw a party finds a beach with chalk cliffs. After having a picnic there they see someone struggling in the water. They go to help the guy then get spooked when they see he hasn't taken a breath and his face is half eaten away. They bolt but when they come back the body is gone. They report the incident to the local police but are not believed. Still they go check it out and find nothing. Other incidents
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
1988 Grade A-.
2018 Grade B+/A-.

Monster SciFi. It felt like I was reading a 50s-60s SciFi monster movie, only better. A monster comes out of the ocean in the late 60s and terrorizes scientists and authorities in a small UK coastal area. Even the pirate radio ship was in the story. It was quite a lot of fun to read and was easy to read. Although it was not a novel pushing great concepts and that cannot be put down, I still recommend it.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, quit-reading
The first 40 pages of this novel can be summarized in just one sentence:
We meet a rock band, that is looking for a beach to host a party and a scientist who is living with his wife in a research facility.
That's all. After that, some stuff starts happening, but it gets only marginally more interesting. So 20 more pages later I quit, because I came to the conviction that the author was wasting my time. Which is admittedly not that precious, but still..
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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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