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Swan Songs: The Complete Hooded Swan Collection Paperback – 1 Apr 2002

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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Big Engine (1 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903468043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903468043
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 14 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,835,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A quirkily entertaining blend of space opera and hardboiled private eye story". -- David Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, on Halcyon Drift.

"For most of us, early Stableford means above all the Grainger books ... In the Grainger books, he found himself having his cake and eating it, taking a lot of standard space opera material and subverting and deconstructing it like fury, while also enjoying it for its own sweet sake." -- Roz Kaveney, Interzone.

A welcome re-issue in one volume, complete with a new introduction, for Brian Stableford's six Hooded Swan novels. -- Starburst, May 2002

Another great offering from this small press powerhouse. (Altair)
-- Altair

In all honesty, this is a book it's difficult not to love unless you've decided to be wilfully grumpy. -- Jonathan Wright, SFX, June 2002


Grainger, narrator and anti-hero, is a cynical pacifist light years removed from the typical space jock, who is indentured against his will as pilot of the revolutionary starship "Hooded Swan". This work is a collection of all six "Hooded Swan" novels published in one omnibus edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Crook on 12 Dec. 2007
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In his introduction Stableford concedes that these novels aren't his finest work and that to an extent he cut his writing teeth on them. It's true, the first couple aren't that hot, but Stableford must be a quick study, because things improve rapidly.

The books are a mixture of outright space opera and detective story. They come complete with a spaceship pilot hero who has picked up an unwelcome but very useful alien parasite on one of his journeys.

Our space pilot, Grainger, is cynical and world weary, the same as many a private eye. In essence that's his job, to travel to strange worlds, meet interesting people (and aliens) and solve problems. Preferably without having to shoot too many of the people or aliens. Frankly, Grainger knows too much, knows he knows it, and is suitably arrogant to boot. But he learns and becomes more likeable with time.

Overall, these are interesting books with a central character that develops as his author develops. Not Stablefords best, but still entertaining reading.
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