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Seahorse in the Sky [Hardcover]

Edmund Cooper
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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd (Mar 1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340109734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340109731
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 15 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,299,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seahorse in the Sky - Edmund Cooper 31 Oct 2006
Typical Cooper - You board a plane and wake up in a hotel room surrounded by other people from the flight on a world that makes no sense. As a Human being, you have to make sense of it to know how you will survive. When you work out how to find the answers you need, you find a truth that shatters all your beliefs. An absolute roller-coaster of a novel and one of Cooper's best stories - there are no aliens, just Humans on other planets seeded by something beyond Humanity.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction the way it's supposed to be. 31 July 2010
Those who have never read Cooper start here and prepare for a treat! A simple but engrossing story; everyday characters who draw you into their amazing circumstances; confusion and mind stretching leaps of imagination - all hallmarks of the author but delivered here with the confidence of a writer at the top of his game and in command of his work. The characters are perhaps not loveable - or likeable? - but somehow you care .... the setting not the most original but somehow unique .... the twist somehow both devastating and as it plays out inspiring. If you like real sci-fi writing you'll love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If only it could have been longer 20 Jun 2011
By Snikt5
About a month ago I got Lost withdrawal symptoms. I lamented that there was not another TV show that captured the imagination like that show did. I use to love sitting at work, wondering what was going on and coming up with various theories. I "googled books like Lost" and the most common answers were, "Lord of the Flies" and "Hyperion." Both books are excellent, but only Hyperion comes close to posing the level of mystery I was after.

Then on one forum someone suggested Seahorse in the sky. I immediately checked the book out and the blurb sounded exactly what I was after. 16 people wake up in are on a flight to London and then suddenly wake up in coffins in a deserted town. Food and drink is mysteriously replenished and they can all speak the same language despite coming from different parts of Europe. They also encounter humans from a different time period.

This book filled the whole left by Lost. The prose is tight but effective and the characters intriguing enough. My only problem is that the book is so short. 190 pages in fact. Normally, I find books are unnecessarily blotted. In this case I was lamenting that it wasn't. I wanted a series made of this story. I would quite happily have read a trilogy of books. No disrespect to Edmund Cooper, but I couldn't help rue the fact that Stephen King or Dam Simmons had not come up with this premise and run with it. I wanted the books told from multiple points of views and the mysteries to keep layering themselves on top of each other.

Instead, what I was left with was a very good story, intriguing and satisfying but more of an outline to what could have been fantastic. The conclusion to the mystery is excellent. In fact as much as I liked Lost and had no problem with its finale, I wish they had gone with the explanation that Cooper came up with.

I will be checking out more of Edmunds work though, so that can't be a bad thing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping Sci-fi adventure 30 Jun 2005
By kaduzy - Published on Amazon.com
This little-known story begins when more than a dozen people wake up in coffins. They find themselves in a small area made to look like part of a town -- it contains a fully stocked store and hotel, a car parked on the street (that doesn't run) -- and a bunch of plastic coffins, each containing a passenger from an international flight, each apparently snatched out of midair, since there is no flight wreckage, and all of them seem to be alive and unharmed.

The people slowly gather in the hotel and find themselves able to understand one another perfectly, even though they don't all speak the same language. None of them has any idea what they're doing in this new place, and there isn't anything for miles around their little settlement except a seemingly endless expanse of grass.

After several weeks of waiting for rescue that never arrives, a few of their number explore and discover that this mysterious land is also populated by a group of what appear to be medieval people and another group of what seems to be cavemen. That accounts for the human population on this island . . . the only other creatures around are the sinister metal spiders.

This story is as much mystery as it is science fiction, because these people must figure out how they got to this place, and why they were chosen. But they also have to survive.

Well worth checking out, if you can find a copy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sea-Horse in the Sky - Readable fantasy/sci-fi 1 Jan 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
After having read a number of Edmund Cooper's other books (namely Kronk and Prisoner of Fire), I had very high hopes for this book. I was intrigued as to what Mr Cooper could add to the fantasy genre to compare with his efforts in the field of sci-fi. The mystery present in so many of his novels is present at the beginning, but this is surpassed by the vision and stylish splendour of the, rather unexpected, ending. While I did not enjoy this book to the extent to which I had the others, this is still a wonderful read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bold Approach 9 Oct 2009
By Mike N - Published on Amazon.com
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A different, surreal type of science fiction. Both curious and entertaining. Perhaps not for modernists, who prefer technology loaded sci-fi, but I would certainly recommend it for those who are prepared for something a little different. The story is based upon the seizure and confinement of three distinct groups of humans who are placed upon another planet. At first they believe themselves to be human guinea pigs, however, as the story evolves it transpires that their survival might have been the reason. The title refers to the aliens. Early on the humans believe that they are seeing angels, but as the opportunity presents, they realise they look more like seahorses.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good Read 4 Aug 2008
By Jarron Remington - Published on Amazon.com
Sea Horse In The Sky really a surprisingly great read. I totally did not expect the depth of it. Great for a lazy sunday or rainy day!
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read 30 July 2013
By Traveler - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book a great many years ago from a book club and I doubt that I read it at the time. I read it at this time largely as research for a quite different book I'm writing. Although written over forty years ago, it follows a pattern of recent fiction. As such, the author has created a timeless novel. Basically, there is one mystery and the novel revolves around resolution of that mystery. The basic story can be read from other reviews.

As a student of writing, I was mainly interested in the mechanics of the book. I noticed that the author used a large amount of narration and a much smaller amount of dialog. But, that was not really noticeable. My current novel is similar and I was surprised. The book included enough action that I was not bored. The current trend is toward more action, but I didn't feel slighted. The dialog seemed lifelike or as lifelike as communication with medieval people and stone-age people could be. I noticed a few typos, but they weren't difficult to get through.

Regarding the title, it was explained in the last few chapters.

In summary, I enjoyed reading Sea Horse in the Sky and would recommend it to anyone interested in a light read.
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