Mike Resnick's accomplishments (to date) include 64 novels, 21 collections, 40 anthologies, two screenplays and approximately 250 short stories - resulting in a couple of shelves of major awards (including five Hugos from 35 nominations and awards from various countries including Spain, France, Croatia, and Japan.
Of all the characters that Mike has created, Lucifer Jones remains his favorite. We are proud to republish this hilarious series of adventures starring a most unique character.
Adventures is the first volume of the Chronicles.
The Chronicles of Lucifer Jones
Being a Stirring Chronicle of Intrigue, Romance, Danger, Hairbreadth Escapes, and Thrilling Triumphs over Fierce Beasts and Fiercer Men in the Mysterious and Exotic Dark Continent, as Recounted by the Daring, Resourceful, Handsome, and Modest Christian Gentleman Who Experienced Them
©1985 Mike Resnick (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
In comparison to 2 other books I'm reading at the same time, I have to say Mike Resnick is an excellent writer. The stories flow in a natural way with excellent insight into human character with a paucity of words. He doesn't snow the reader with long expositions - just says the most with the least, painting a vibrant picture of life in early 20th century Africa.
Of course, I don't know how accurate the picture is but it rings true. Actually I will venture to say his writing is very like Mark Twain, in it's sublime humor and colorful story telling.
And with that glowing tribute I have to say I find the book unsettling. The character Lucifer Jones is not a pleasant person. Entertaining yes, pleasant no. I would not trust him or anyone connected with him. Would cross the street and leave town to be clear of his machinations. And he's not even that villainous. Just totally without morals.
So if you like a funny amoral con man, this book should suit.
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