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i read this long ago and liked it and though it's not quite as slam bang as i remembered it still works as a fun little adventure. i've always thought that the title, the roguish Villiers character and the tall furry Torv the Trog, and the fact that there is a sword fight/duel of sorts with "tinglers" were lifted a bit by Lucas for Star Wars. but Panshin is a decent writer and stylistically the writing isn't clunky and simplistic like many other scifi authors (recently Clement audio) and the tongue in cheek tone works. and Rudnicki who sometimes is too enamored with the sound of his deep voice and seems to emphasize it instead of the text here did much better; his style can still be a bit ponderous but it doesn't bother me here and perhaps he'll narrate with more alacrity in future. i will go on with next Villiers and see if the set holds up at all to my memory. and having read Rite of Passage years ago i'll probably try that too soon as it was deservedly lauded. still waiting for Bester's Demolished and Stars and a host of others, but Audible is doing well with this frontiers line.
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