Nobody beats Bar Holliday.
He was paid to find the Terraformable worlds, new planets for his corporation to plunder. Up until the day he came upon Peace Victory, an abandoned generation ship hovering ominously above a definitely habitable planet, he believed nobody ever could.
Nobody beats Bar Holliday....because he was never satisfied with anything lower than first place, because he was always the oddball, in charge of his own welfare, his own destiny...a man determined to make his mark in the world and win games at any cost.
NOBODY EVER BEATS BAR HOLLIDAY....because he only took the wrong chances at the right times. But on the planet Patmos, where everything looked safe, but nothing was, Bar Holliday had at last met his match!
©1978 Jack L. Chalker (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Often times, the medium of sci-fi seems to follow the same formula...humans in space, humanoid aliens, etc. There is a huge lack out there of novels written in the perspective of someone in a body that is non-human in almost every way. That alone makes this book a breath of fresh air, as it takes you into the world of something completely different and beyond what most people can imagine. While the plot itself is standard fare, the added fact that the book is written from the point of view of a quadrupedal alien with completely different senses makes that shortcoming acceptable. My one complaint would be the ending felt a little rushed...like there was more to tell, maybe in the form of a sequel or series. Especially with one or two major plot points in the book unresolved. But, other than that, a very good and refreshing read/listen using a trope too few authors take advantage of.
The basic premise of this book, 'man creates machine, machine knows what is best, machine takes over, man fights back' has been done before--much better. The sex scenes are just downright uber weird.
That said, I have to give credit to the narrator that made the most of a weak book. I am convinced that listening was better then reading... he really did his best to 'sell' me the content.
In a world far, far away
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