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The Visitors Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1980

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Mm); Reissue edition (Oct 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345283872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345283870
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,003,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not the best Simak novel. 20 Feb 2005
By frumiousb - Published on Amazon.com
The Visitors has many of the trusted Simak elements-- otherworldly intelligence, a focus on small characters and places, and a folksy kind of diction and tone. Unfortunately, it lacks the focus and clarity that makes books like Way Station and Project Pope such striking books to read.

Still, there are many interesting elements that make The Visitors worth the time to read. Despite the lack of unity, it contains some of Simak's most interesting observations about religion and economics.

If you have not read Simak before, begin with Way Station or Enchanted Pilgrimage. If you are a Simak fan, it is most certainly worth the time to read despite not being his best work.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I Didn't Want To Read It In The First Place 21 Jan 2004
By Mawgojzeta - Published on Amazon.com
I had read "City" and loved it. But, everytime I saw this book on the library shelf I passed it by- just thought it sounded stupid. Eventually I gave in and read it. It was good. I read it in one sitting. I liked the human characters and felt I had a good feel for them. I liked that the aliens were not "typical." I did not even mind the abrupt ending. I thought at first maybe there was a sequel, but no, you just get to guess the future of everything.
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Great for fans of old fashioned science fiction... 28 Jun 2007
By Nathan - Published on Amazon.com

What looked like a big black box - perhaps fifty feet high, two hundred long - had settled squarly on Jerry Conklin's car. The townspeople of Lone Pine, Minnesota, were the first to see it - and one of them was the first and only human to shoot at it. He paid for his rashness with instant death. Within hours the public knew something strange had happened and was beginning to face the incredible possibility that the Earth harbored something from outer space. A machine? An intelligent being? There was no way to know. But Jerry Conklin knew. The Visitor had scooped him up, held him prisoner for several hours, then let him go. Jerry knew the Visitor was a living, intelligent creature!
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