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The Stars Must Wait Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1990


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Baen Books; Stained Cover edition (Jan. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671698591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671698591
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,170,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not his worst 27 April 2012
By Michelle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The other (1*) reviews are not wrong, but I liked this book. I have read several of Laumer's books that are worse than this one, notably several of his quantum physics Retief stories. This is not a Bolo story nor is a Retief story. He chose to write a story that I find is out of character for him, so if you only want to read one of his more popular story lines you will be disappointed.

The hero does start out not picking up on the obvious, but he just woke from cold sleep and is not at his best. From there he is just a step behind and quixotic all the way through the story. He can be forgiven some of this as he can't have read the script before embarking on each step of his journey. The flaw is that Laumer paints with a broad brush, that's why we love him, robust and uncomplicated memes, but this story requires a finer touch. He tries, but is not quite up to it. The timeline is forced, as is the main character's slow wittedness. One can see in retrospect that he would not have been as quick on the uptake as we well fed and rested readers are. Pretend you are groggy and hungry daily and read the story and accept that events as they transpire as he would understand them, then it makes more sense. It's not as bad as it sounds and you may not have noticed if not forewarned.

Spoiler alert. I wil try to bury this in text so you don't accidentally read it, but the ending is tragic. While I like this book, it is not one that I have or will reread often. This is a broad brush ending and Laumer scores his point here. It's just too hard to take.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Don't Buy This Book 10 Dec. 2007
By The Ersatz Economist - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
There is nothing worse than an author taking a previous short story and expanding it. Sometimes an author does so, but adds a new ending or expanded ending which improves the story. In this case, the author has added padding to the middle of the book, changing neither the beginning or the end. If you wish to read the better, short story, then purchase The Complete Bolo by Keith Laumer.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Horrible 17 Mar. 2011
By Preston Crow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was horrible. I quit after 50 pages. The main character seemed to be irrational and boring, and the other characters were struggling to reach even one dimension. Not to mention the glaring contradictions in the dates. In just a few pages, a document from 2011 is supposed to predate an event from 1992, and both contradict the back cover. This is a must-not-read.

Maybe it gets better, but if it can't suck you in in 50 pages, it's not worth it.
It wasn't that bad a story 26 Feb. 2015
By Mr Evilwrench - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It wasn't that bad a story, and I thought it was a pretty good exposition on life in a post-apocalyptic world. Some of you dirt eaters just need a little more patience. I am and have been the Lesser Troll on many fora and chats. A few people have caught the reference.
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