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Image of the Beast Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 1985

3.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Berkley Pub Group (Mm); Reissue edition (May 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042507708X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425077085
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,467,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a five star effort. Farmer has taken the idea of sex as a form of energy and matched it to the monsters of legend, presuming they are actually aliens amongst us. He has also added in a bit of the private eye genre although that soon gets abandoned. The sex in the book is very explicit and shocking in the first instance. I admit I was nearly jolted out of my usual broad minded nature . Prurient folk will concentrate on that aspect of the story but in my own case the fact that the details of the wild sex is repeated over and over dulls the effect and you begin to think, oh, read that, been shocked, now it's getting to be old news. The bottom line is this is a well written book about aliens but not for the prudish.
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By D. O'Brien VINE VOICE on 14 Feb. 2016
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Terrible. I'd heard that this was critically acclaimed in some quarters, but I really don't know why. Poorly written, clumsy, and easily predictable. Farmer wrote better things, to perhaps try them instead.
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I origially bought this novel when it was first published in British paperback form,based on reading lots of Phil Farmer's writing. In short time,I stupidly loaned it out after reading this one only a few times.
I have literally refound it on Amazon just seconds ago, having forgotten the title over donkeks' years, only to find supercilious condemnation of "pulp" and only "an overlay of science fiction" in the reviews. This had been similar to my original thoughts, but after a couple of days, all those years ago, it settled into my head and I began to appreciate the eforts of Phil Farmer to expand our reading thinkabilityD
Don't forget the initial concerns about "Riverworld" as bandwaggoning as everybody has to do as series now, or his short "Riders of the Purple Wage",published in Harlan Ellison's "Dangerous Visions volume one,from the mid 60's as he began to explore sexuality in SF. In fact, in his intro Ellison said of Farmer hat he was one of the"FEW GOOD PEOPLE I KNOW".Take that as you will,but to get back to this story,read it for what it is; don't be disappointed, don't be shocked---enjoy the writing!
BON CHANCE
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This book doesn't need an introduction. Although it starts with an introduction from another great mind of Science Fiction, namely Theodore Sturgeon. And what a nice cover of a truly gifted artist. Anyway, why would you read a book which could easily be miscounted for a sleazy afternoon C-rated pornographic novel? Because it ISN'T. The eyes are deceived and the mind is deluded; this book has more depth than space has space. Hell, all multi-level-marketing-organizations in the world would wish the had these kind of levels. Read it and reread it and maybe you will find the real story behind it. Good Luck.
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