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  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (23 Nov 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1480247103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480247109
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 367,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dennis Herrick is the author of several short stories, many of them involving the American Southwest and often featuring different tribes of Pueblo Indians.

He won the 2004 Tony Hillerman Mystery Writing Contest for his short story "Hunting Season," and he won the 2010 Society of Southwestern Authors Writing Contest for his short story "Missing." Besides his published short stories, he is the author of three books.

A native of Michigan, he and his wife now live on the west bank of the Rio Grande between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Herrick is a former daily newspaper reporter and weekly newspaper publisher and owner. He is an emeritus member of the journalism faculty at the University of New Mexico.

You can visit his author's website at dennisherrick.com.

Author's photograph is by Susan Boe. She also took photos and wrote the breast cancer survivors book, "Brave and Beautiful."


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By Tom Bombadil on 1 Jun 2013
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I enjoyed this book, but it's very different from the films. If I hadn't known, I wouldn't have known that they were based on this book.
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The introduction by Dennis Herrick adds greatly to the experience. 29 Oct 2013
By bernie - Published on Amazon.com
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If it was not for Dennis Herrick's interest in first-contact Invasion books, this reprint of the 1940 classic titled "Farewell to the Master" would not be available. Hopefully other people will follow suit with more reprints from different genres.

As with most people I have already seen the 1951 version with Michael Rennie. In this case I had also seen the 2008 version with Keanu Reeves. I also read the "Tale Retold" book by Arthur Tofte. Each version has its own unique message and ending, as does the original story.

A space-time ship or container suddenly materializes in Washington, D.C. after waiting an excruciating long time two beings emerge one looks human named Klaatu the other a robot named (surprise) Gnut. After a brief introduction Klaatu is dispatched.

A reporter Cliff Sutherland is suspicious of the robot that has never moved since Klaatu's demise. He suspects a sinister plot. Should we also? Read the book and find out; but whatever you do, do not read the last page first.
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The movies' plots are different from the original short story which is a good read with a twist. 5 Dec 2013
By Louis Hemmi - Published on Amazon.com
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I had no idea that the original short story that inspired "The Day the Earth Stood Still" was so good, and yet so very different from the film adaptations. I enjoyed the story very much!
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Liked the movie -- and then liked the book! 13 Feb 2013
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I always liked the Michael Rennie version of the movie based on this short story, but never had seen the story itself. So when I saw that it has become available in book form, I bought it to compare. NOT sorry I did -- I like it! Here's a case where the movie is not much like the book, but both are excellent!
Despite the differences, the movie does follow Bates' premises very well, to a surprising conclusion, and that does not often happen in today's movie world.
A science fiction buff may, as I did, see the end coming, but that does not lessen the impact of the story.
Get it! And then get it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
a great book 2 Jan 2013
By john pisano - Published on Amazon.com
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I've long enjoyed this movie, and have been trying to find the book. Its a great read. I waited 30 years for the remake, and was very dispointed in the crap that was made. they should have read this book. Seller did great, very fast serivce.
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Farewell to Keanu Reeves 28 Nov 2013
By T. K. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is, in its way, better than any movie remake you've seen -- it has the glaring faults of a non-Hollywood story: no love interest, funny 1950's-equese images of the future, and an ending from Twilight Zone.
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