Ford dThis is a wild scifi ride in a world where everything s trying to kill its human colonists probably having influenced Warhammer 40k in ways than anyone is willing to admit We ve got bizarre animals hardened badass survivors good action revelations and twists and people that act mostly reasonably within the confines of information they ve been given even when theyo get angry and try to Spartan deny something you can see where they re coming from All in all it s pretty greatMy only trifle is with the main hero Jason whose attitude I m not buying He seems like a too good and high moraled person for his history and background and prior personality At the beginning of the story he s a professional gambler and a psychic cheat out for himself with a bit of an obsession with being the best there is and finding the idea of a whole world of proto Catachan killers something he like to see but as soon as he comes to the planet some switch in his brain is flipped and he now wants to help everyone solve all their problems It s almost like he was switched with a generic all loving hero at some point uring transit I m not sure what was up with thatIt oesn t bother me nearly as much anyway It s just something that caught my eye and wouldn t leave On the whole I Rise of the Hellion (Foxblood, d recommend this book if you like anything scifi and if youon t maybe it ll make for a good place to shake yourself off your comfort zones a little Enjoyable story about a planet OF DEATH Pretty fun tale about karma kind of In Read, Write, Edit death world the ecology of a planet seems hellbent on killing its human inhabitants to theegree that evolution has steered the plants and animals in such a way that all their offensive and Think about Editing defensive traits are specifically geared towards killing and maiming humans The funny thing is the humans have only been on the planet for a few hundred years not nearly enough time for any kind of evolution to respond to their presence under normal conditions Our protagonist a singularly lucky gamblerecides to visit this planet and finds himself compelled to solve this strange riddle American Legal History despite not receiving much help from the rough single minded people he s trying to assist Set on the mosteadly planet you can imagine where everything from the smallest insect to the largest bird of prey is out to get you and where even the plants have fangs I uite liked it when I first read it in German many years ago Now I read it again for the first time in English and I have to say I m still thrilled to visit planet Pyrrus and its inhabitants The characters haven t lost their charm which comes along as being a little rough sometimes Some technical stuff seems a little outdated now but far from being embarrassing I admit I had a little crush on Meta and although this feeling is long gone she is still my favorite figure What s not to love about a girl who breaks the arm of the men who make unwanted advances to her Although a pulp novel in nature the story has also some finer points Psychological philosophical and ecological themes well worth to think about And where The Evolution of Technology does the hero find the ultimate answer to the most pressing problem view spoilerin a book hide spoiler I ve read this many times before my paperback copy of it is tattered enough to have a packing tape binding I first read it about aecade after it was published thought Jason second only to the Stainless Steel Rat for sheer panache I ve always liked the other 2 books than this one since they have better realistic points This one is OK but has kind of a epressing theme a society so wrapped up in its beliefs that it would "Rather Knowingly Follow Them In To Destruction Than Change Sound " knowingly follow them in to estruction than change Sound And this was written in 1961 Still it s a cheery step up from my last book Under Western Eyes but then almost anything would be I m using it as a mental palate cleanser It was a great romp It s not really a 4 star book but a lot of nostalgia pours out of this one for me it s overall message is upbeat As tough as things are Jason manages to figure them out still make a snappy uip If you like the Stainless Steel Rat you ll probably like this Similar characterWhile looking up the correct edition to review I was surprised to see this is a LibriVox recording which is strange since I got it from my library Same narrator cover but no announcement of origins LibriVox has strange since I got it from my library Same narrator cover but no announcement of origins LibriVox has second of this trilogy Deathworld 2 aka The Ethical Engineer but not the third neither oes my library Bummer Deathworld By Harry HarrisonSince I can t find The Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat for Kindle and I can t find my hard copy or the time to read a hard copy I read Deathworld Thank you again for the recommendation Jim Deathworld was first published in 1961 maybe earlier This is a classic science fiction story If as I believe Bill the Galactic Hero is A SATIRICAL RESPONSE TO BOOKS LIKE satirical response to books like Ra s Starship Troopers and The Forever War by Joe Haldeman Deathworld is Harrison s original work that looks at how Humanity handles conflict change crisis and stress which include war however it s likely about the Korean War since we were not yet fully into Vietnam in 1961 I may learn that the Bill books came out before our involvement in the Vietnam War and those other works that I mentioned In that case try John Wyndham George Orwell and Alex HuxleyIn many ways this is one of the better examples of a good old fashioned sci fi story from the ays before Nixon the oil crisis Tehran and the assassination of John F Kennedy and his brother This was written Matti In the Wallet during theays that Raised in Captivity duck and cover stood as a standingrill in public schools and boisterous threatening Soviet leaders like Khrushchev Stalin and Brezhnev threatened to crush the US and her Allies The US was recovering from WWII and the Korean Conflict whiles the Soviets Overpowered and intimidated the Chezchlaslovakia and kept an Iron grip over East Germany and Poland Think (Ars Lamina) Level 2 Workbook defying reunification Sputnik had already passed over our heads showing what we believed was Soviet tenacity and aesire to annex the entire world in efense of the Communist state or so we thought then This was the time that other classics that have for some reason become forgotten and passed by the way side like The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham and George Orwell s 1984 and Animal Farm 1984 either explayed It was a ifferent era where science fiction writers had a role in warning us how the future might turn out in Woman Much Missed dystopian. The planet was called Pyrrus a strange place where all the beasts plants and natural elements wereesigned for one specific purpose to.Ove and understanding And to everyone s incredulous surprise it works Such a nice twist on the standard space hero versus bug eyed monster story Everything here was Why Americas Top Pundits Are Wrong deadly to man from the smallest insect to the largest plant Deathworld is basically about a world that wants to kill you at every opportunity Harry Harrison is aab hand at old school sci fi adventures not a lot of nuances or anything to contemplate after you are Citizen Cain done just a ripping yarn and a good time Generally this works for me I seldom look for enlightenment when I am reading for leisure Anyway the most important thing I have to tell you at this point is that this book is in the publicomain first published in 1960 and is free to read online or Trail of Secrets download as an e book or an audiobook links after the reviewThe setting is Pyrrus a habitable but inhospitable human colonized planet with a 2 G gravity and horrendous weather For some reason every life form including plants appears to have it in for humanity The human colonists live in a walled city with sealed off buildings Each colonist is never without a weapon even indoors and always armed to the teeth when they venture outside Through centuries of living in constantanger the people of Pyrrus are all very strong with How to Train a Cowboy deadly reflexes and highly skilled with weapons Even so the human population on this planet iswindling What they need is an outside perspective someone off world to help to find a solution Deathworld is basically just a high octane monster blasting fun with no literary ambition It is fast paced and uite short about 150 pages in the paperback edition there are themes about adjusting to a new environment empathy and tolerance but the emphasis is on the action and the priority is to entertain The protagonist Jason is likable enough but there is not a lot of One Special Moment depth to him the other characters even less so This is fine in a novel this short and fast paced The world building is where this book really shines Pyrrus is a great setting for an old school sci fi adventure withanger and monstrosities lurking in every corner even in a sealed building something can slip through and take your leg off The writing is clear and the A Touch of Persuasion (Men Of Wolff Mountain descriptions are vivid theialogue seems somewhat Watch for Me by Moonlight (The Midnight Twins, dated clearly a product of its time A free entertaining action packed book what s not to like Go grab a copy todayNotes Download or read online at Project Gutenberg Librivox free audiobook version There are some very nice Illustrations by van Dongen scattered through the book even in the free e book editions Deathworld is actually the first volume of a trilogy followed by the brilliantly titled Deathworld 2 and Deathworld 3 Only the first book is in the publicomain and if I remember correctly the remaining volumes are not so great This first book is also a self contained narrative no hanging plot threads or cliffhangers to worry about uotes Hundreds of thousands of years of genetic weeding out have produced things that would give even an electronic brain nightmares Armor plated poisonous claw tipped and fanged mouthed That The Mommy Makeover describes everything that walks flaps or just sits and grows Ever see a plant with teeth that bite Ion t think you want to You The Convicts Bounty Bride (Convict Wives d have to be on Pyrrus and that means you would beead within seconds of leaving the ship Two G s A River of Royal Blood (Untitled, don t seem that bad at first Walking reuired the same exertion as would carrying a man of his own weight on his shoulders When Jason lifted his arm to unlatch theoor it was heavy as two arms Wasn t it true that both ends of the artistic scale were First Blood dominated by simplicity The untutored aborigine made a simple expression of a clear idea and created beauty At the other extreme the sophisticated critic rejected over elaboration andecoration and sought the truthful clarity of uncluttered art At which end of the
Scale Was He Looking Nowwas he looking now professional gambler Jason inAlt is hired to run a stake up into the billions by some colonists he is intrigued by stake up into the billions by some colonists he is intrigued by of their world and opts to return to it However Pyrrus is the most hostile world in the universe with every life form bent on the extermination of the colonists even the plant lifeI read a few of Harry Harrison s Stainless Steel Rat books years ago and ecided to give this one a try It was free on the Kindle so the price was rightDeathworld is a tale of man vs environment Is it better to tame the wilderness or live in harmony with it That seems to be the theme of the novelJason inAlt is a gambling scoundrel probably a literary escendant of CL Moore s Northwest Smith Jason goes to Pyrrus out of curiosity and winds up leading a revolution of sortsDeathworld aka Pyrrus is a heavy gravity world where the plants and animals are trying to kill the colonists and have been for centuries evolving at a frightening rate The colonists continually try to exterminate the hostile life forms and keep on colonizing Sound familiarThe story kicks into high gear when it becomes apparent that the colonists aren t the only humans on the planet and the core theme is really Hunter Killer (Pike Logan driven homeEven though there s an ecological message it s not heavy handed and even people who are anti environment will find it entertaining It s a pretty slim book and Ion t want to blow all the surprises It s a fun read and Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckle Bastards, doesn t feel asated to me as a lot of its contemporaries Three out of five stars A solid 35 stars rounded up to 4 for the fabulous memory it evoked In fact it was so good that I intend very soon to continue with 2 3 which have also survived since 1976 Full review to follow tomorrow The inside sleeve of the book tells me I bought this book on 6th October 1975 obviously with my birthday money I was 16 a couple of weeks before and to be honest I think I read it then and not since As a slight aside it is unfortunately one of only maybe 20 books that have managed to stay with me through my various house movesThe book is an easy reading roller coaster of a book with the hero Jason getting bashed battered and bruised through out the whole book before coming good in the end Is it a classic No but what it is is a fun read not too long with a good story some good characters and a happy ending As I said I enjoyed it so much I ve checked and the initial 2 seuels also survived my travels and are still with me so I shall read them as soon as my tight schedule allowsSo if you enjoy a bit of escapist fun sci fi then check out Harry Harrison s Deathworld books. Ness was murderIt was up to Jason inAlt interplanetary gambler to iscover why Pyrrus had become so hostile uring man's brief habitati. ,
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Novels that told of self assured mutual estruction Harry Harrison and Deathworld 1961 The story of psionic gambler Jason DinAlt with an altruistic core of gold in his heart and a stubborn pride that makes him want to prove his worth even in an environment that gives everyone around him a physical superiority Lord Kerk from Pyrrus a straightforward unlucky ambassador from the Deathworld whit limited intellectual curiosity and an even limited sense of creativity and imagination He and his people are survivors of colonists that settled on Pyrrus a violent untamed world with two times the gravity of Earth and the most lethal life forms in the universe Kerk hires Jason DinAlt to take his paltry few million credits and turn it into a few billion credits so he can finance weponry euipment and supplies needed to keep the flora and fauna of Pyrrus from literally eating every city Alpha (Shifters, dwelling Pyrran on the planet Jason succeeds and as part of his payment convinces Kerk to take him to see this Deathworld From the moment he arrives he s practically an invalid compared to the naturally robust Pyrrans because of theouble gravity He manages to make his way through survival school where every 6 year old learns to survive in the hostile Pyrran wilderness and even convinces Kerk to let him leave the protection of the city He uickly finds out that there are some Pyrran Secrets and something is wrong with this planetvery wrongThe Pyrrans are hard boiled stoic people who know little of the universe outside of the Deathworld They are the Spartans of Ancient Greece born bread and trained for battle against the Pyrran creatures that assail their city every hour of every Whalerider day Yet some part of Jason can feel that this can be fixed That this war can be ended and he sets about trying too just thatbut what can one man Charlie Turns Into a T-Rex do againstecades of hate and battle hardened minds and emotions Is change even possible or are the Pyrrans Graphic Design For Everyone doomed toie in battle This is a wonderful relatively straight foreword look at human conflict in a way which like animal farm and 1984 has themes that could can be found in any age where humans are pitted against humans or against the environment in which we live There is a lesson here about hate racism change and living in concert with nature for those willing to think about it Boy would I love having the power to force congress the senate and the white house to read this Of course unlike those other works that were so clearly an analogy with a message about Stalin War and Corruption this is also a wonderful space adventure story with powerful adversaries beautiful people and mysteries to uncover It s a tale of Considering Kate (The Stanislaskis, danger and excitement of war andeath I ve given 4 stars to Deathworld and the only reason it s not a 5 star read is I believe Harry Harrison Sweetland didn t want to write a five star read Heidn t want an involved symbolic tale where the symbols and intellectual nature of the work often robs from the entertainment value This is a story for blue collar workers who favor Art of Laurel and Hardy directness like to be entertained The message is simple an clear about how important it is to just get along The story exciting and the setting fantastic So it s 4 stars for a lack of complexity a lack of commitment to it s broader message and the fact it s too short there are seuels but this will work as a standalone story It s 4 stars because I think that s how it wasesigned to Be A Science Fiction Story A Science Fiction Story the everyman not just the educated inteligencia Well worth reading No warnings other than violencelots and lots of violence but it s well managed in keeping with themes and settings in the story and not particularly gratuitous This story is about us if we let ourselves take us too seriously It s about the angers of getting set in our ways and it s about saving lives not losing them If you read this and cannot relate this to the war against terrorism the communication problems in our government and the struggle between business "and the environment then you re not trying "the environment then you re not trying that you have to it s still fun story without a message a really good read I have read several of the other reviews of this book and I think the majority have missed the point It may be fantasy or science fiction whatever you might want to call it It has flaws but remember it was written in 1960 when modern Sci Fy was barely in its infancy and uring some of he highest points of the Cold War Also his first novel Most reviewers miss the point I believe Harry was trying to make how to stop wars I The Intelligent Entrepreneur doubt he thought it possible though I read it a long time ago for the first time and I still love it the 2nd time around It s free on LibriVox and the reader is excellent A trickier book than it first appears At first you re sure you know exactly what s going to happen JasoninAlt a typical cool SF superhero kinda guy finds himself en route to Pyrrhus the most The Summer of the Ubume dangerous planet in the known universe The native fauna and even flora is so terrifyingly aggressive that the Pyrrhans all use special holsters for their guns to get an extra fastraw You just point your arm at whatever it is tense your muscles and blam your gun is in your hand and already firing I ve a feeling that the safety aspects would be hard to Distracted - Acting Edition debug but as a 14 year old I loved thisetailSo um our Jason is going to figure out some kind of gas or robot or radioactive whatever kill all those nasty alien life forms get the girl and live happily ever after There is a girl by the way and she s seriously badass My 14 year old self was very fond of Meta I wasn t yet aware that Harrison s standard modus operandi is to subvert the clich s of pulp SF Jason Trauma heilen does some background reading on some old records he s managed to locate Was the planet always thiseadly If so why Developing Resilient Organizations did people everecide to colonize itIt turns out to his surprise that when humans arrived a few hundred years ago the animals weren t angerous to them at all But one of the original the animals weren t angerous to them at all But one of the original remarked on their amazingly coordinated ability to respond to natural threats Jason puts the pieces together Somehow native Pyrrhan life is telepathic and can GameMaker Essentials detect hostile intent There were a couple of unfortunate incidents where colonists got scared of native animals and shot them The alien creature picked up the bad vibes and retaliated Pretty soon both sides were headedown a vicious spiralSo the solution is just to show those Singing the Kyrgyz Manas deadly alien creatures a little Destroy manThe settlers there were supermen twice as strong as ordinary men and with milli second reflexes They had to be For their busi.