From the very beginning of his career, Robert Sheckley was recognized by fans, reviewers, and fellow authors as a master storyteller and the wittiest satirist working in the science fiction field. E-Reads is proud to re-publish his acclaimed body of work, with nearly 30 volumes of full-length fiction and short story collections, all with striking new covers. Rediscover - or discover for the first time - a master of science fiction who, according to the New York Times, was "a precursor to Douglas Adams".
Take a look at a dark, deadly future where the game is hunting and the results are killing - human to human - with status, money, power, and sex as the prizes. The operation runs underground and Frank Blackwell is a new recruit who is destined to change the game and turn it into legitimate popular entertainment for the masses.
"The key words with Sheckley are clever, deadly, cool.... I don't know anyone else in SF who has written quite so many classic stories." (Spider Robinson)
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My Favorite Author Falls a LITTLE Short
On it's own, this is a great book. The drawbacks can only be seen when comparing it with the rest of the "Victim" trilogy.
Although this is the 3rd, and final, installment in the series, the book takes the route of a prequel to the first two novels. It is all about how "The Hunt" came to be.
This may be interesting for some, but I much preferred reading into a world where The Hunt already existed and was in full force.
Still, if you are a fan of Robert Sheckley's, I'm positive you will enjoy this installment of the series, whether you share my views or not. It IS still a great listen and the narration is done flawlessly.
PS = This is the book in which Sheckley predicted Apple/Mac computers would eventually overtake IBM as the most prominently used platform!
8.50 / 10.0
- Niels J. Rasmussen