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The Long Way Home Paperback – 1978

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The Long Way Home

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2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Hum-drum, Actually 7 Oct. 2015
By J. R. Trtek - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a reprint of a 1950s story originally serialized in Astounding (now Analog), apparently restoring the full text, which apparently had been slightly butchered in a previously edited book publication. Either way, this is a dated yarn about a future Earthman who finds himself in an even more distant future and yanked one way and another as a pawn in an interstellar game of power politics and possible war. Oh, and there's a presumably all-knowing artificial mind that oversees human society on this Earth-to-be, while the Alpha Centaurans are a very macho race, and in the background a society of traders schemes mysteriously, with women relegated to the status of slaves and playthings -- all of which is to say that it's a bit cliche. Though the plot has its ups and downs, no doubt due to its original serial nature, in the end the story just isn't terribly interesting -- while there's a distinctly pulp feel, that comes without any of the excitement and wonder one hopes for in vintage works such as this one. Pass it by.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick-paced and Solid 7 July 2012
By The Honey Badger - Published on
This has to be either the very first or second Science Fiction book I ever read. Back in 1998 my cousin had a box full of old books and he gave me this one as well as another one. The thing I like about this book is the quick-paced story telling. It kept my interest throughout the entire short book, and impressively there was also depth in the storyline. The reader is quickly made familiar with the politics and characters without stopping the break-neck speed of which the story is told. I have discovered through further reading of the author that this book is not typical of his drawn out much more detailed writing. So its a breath of fresh air to read something a bit different, and I am sure this book could be read in one day. Normally that might be a complaint, but the way its actually done has no major faults I could see.
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