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The Witches of Karres

The Witches of Karres [Kindle Edition]

James H. Schmitz , Eric Flint
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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'Warmly memorable, charming and thought-provoking' F&SF

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Captain Pausert thought his luck had finally turned—but he did not yet realize it was a turn for the worse. On second thought, make that a turn for the disastrous*.

Unlucky in love, unsuccessful in business, he thought he had finally made good with his battered starship Venture, cruising around the fringes of the Empire and successfully selling off odd-ball cargoes which no one else had been able to sell. He was all set to return home, where his true love was faithfully waiting for him ... he hoped.

But then he made the fatal mistake of freeing three slave children from their masters (who were suspiciously eager to part with them). They were just trying to be helpful, but those three adorable little girls quickly made Pausert the mortal enemy of his fiancee, his home planet, the Empire, warlike Sirians, psychopathic Uldanians, the dread pirate chieftain Laes Yango—and even the Worm World, the darkest threat to mankind in all of space.

And all because those harmless-looking little girls were in fact three of the notorious and universally feared Witches of Karres. A rollicking novel from the master of space adventure.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 518 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (1 Nov 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AP9CR4I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #200,920 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Witches of Karres is a free rolling space adventure with an ordinary if somewhat unlucky hero in Captain Pausert of Nickeldepain. He 'rescues' a trio of sisters from the forbidden planet of Karres from slavery and immediately finds himself in trouble of many different forms.
I love this book and so do my children. It is loaded with great ideas and begs for a sequel which AFAIK has never been written.
This is a delightful book for everyone from the age of 10 and up.
Get it before is vanishes again!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi classic, funny and brilliant 8 Feb 2005
By Fíal
The witches of Karres are three young girls whom the hero, feeling smugly virtuous, saves from slavery, only to realize too late that most of the galaxy is after them. It is funny, with memorable and charming characters.
My brother and I read this book as children, and loved and reread it so much that it fell into tatters. I spent years looking for it and about ten years ago tracked down two out-of-print copies. It is now back in print and my brother sent me the hardcover version as a birthday present. Both my husband and 15-year-old son were soon enthralled by the magic of Karres. My husband never reads science fiction, and my son doesn't usually read "books about girls." But they couldn't put down "The Witches of Karres."
"It's so frustrating!" my husband said a day after he finished the book. "This book cries out for a sequel." [which Schmitz never wrote.]
How can movie producers be missing this one?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical! 31 Oct 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is often cited as 'space opera', and in a way I suppose it is: grand canvas, technology doesn't get in the way of a good story, space empires and 'space as the ocean', with areas full of pirates and alien mysteries. But Schmitz is a wonderful spinner of yarns, and you get caught up in the magic of the tale. The magic used by the witches is not just a plot device, a tricksy way of helping the story along; it introduces interesting ideas about the forces of energy.
But what a tale it is. Strong female characters, seriously creepy menaces (Worm Weather, Sheem war robot), intertwisting plot lines, excellent characterization. A good writer at the top of his form, and we never want it to end! This is a book that can be read many times, and enjoyed each of those times. I reckon this is Schmitz's best work, together with 'the Demon breed'. Brilliant.
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