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4.4 out of 5 stars
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4.4 out of 5 stars
Tuf Voyaging
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on 21 August 2015
I originally came across the stories of Havilland Tuf in Analog in the later 70's/early 80's, well before Game of Thrones, and was delighted to have the convenience of them all in one place. Tuf is a character I found very easy to relate to, rather happier to be accompanied by cats than irrational humans, similar in someways to Royd Eris in 'Nightflyers'.
As with the best SF there is some serious thinking going on within the tales, for example, playing the ecology game is seldom as simple as it appears (Guardians), as China discovered to it's cost when an ill thought out campaign to eliminate sparrows (to stop them eating grain) backfired in a major way, when the insects, not longer held in check by bird predation ate far more grain than the sparrows ever would.

In one of the later stories, Tuf makes the point that the ownership, and ability to operate the seedship 'Ark' gives him literally the power of life or death over entire planets would have made him god-like for most of human history, and those he deals with should be grateful that he uses such powers carefully, and ultimately benevolently, because he is no longer really answerable to the rest of humanity.

As we gain the sort of knowledge, (ability to control and manipulate the genetic code and it's expressions), that could evolve into things like the 'Ark', it is to be hoped that we also gain the ethical sense that Martin has characterised in Havilland Tuf.
In short, read the book, you'll meet an interesting character who thinks most problems are better solved with thought than firepower, some one you'd quite like to meet. Of course, if you get into trading. . . well, be very careful of what you are asking for.
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on 25 July 2017
Martin's style shows almost immediately you start reading. Whilst this is not a part of the Game of Thrones series, it is obviously from the same pen. That's no bad thing and anyone who has enjoyed the books will settle in to this one. However, it is episodic and this becomes a little repetitious, especially up to the finale. It is a space adventure with strange and horrific animals, and strange and horrific weapons. It is fine as a holiday read but no more. It is priced reasonably.
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on 27 May 2017
Displays the same descriptive skills as in Game of Thrones; you can see and feel his characters and live their lives, think their thoughts with them. And its a fantasy set in space. What's not to love?
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on 18 October 2017
Sci-Fi story albeit with a moral twist. Not as good as "the Masters of the genre" but an easy read.
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on 9 October 2017
This is an unusual story, but very easy to translate to our present society. Good entertainment, but the language is of "yesterday".
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on 6 August 2017
Before GOT, there was cat loving, vegetarian, Haviland Tuf! Definitely worth a read.
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on 3 October 2017
Great stuff great characters well thought out and good variationI like the progress of the story and how it moved at a good pace
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on 20 March 2017
I found the plot original, and exciting. After watching game of thrones.. I did expect a similar level of violence and debauchery. To my surprise there wasnt but it didnt detract from my enjoyment of the story.
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on 13 June 2017
Environmental messages relayed through interesting main character and his storylines.
Particularly liked author's ability to keep you guessing.
Thought endings not necessarily meant to pack a punch.
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on 11 April 2017
Excellent read
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