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The Stars My Destination

Bester, Alfred (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Stars My Destination
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Authors: Bester, Alfred
Uniform Title: Tiger! Tiger!
Title: The stars my destination
Publisher: New York : iPicturebooks, [2011]
Edition: 2nd trade paper ed
Characteristics: 225 p. ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Alfred Bester ; [introduction by Neil Gaiman ; compiled and edited by Alex and Phyllis Eisenstein]
Notes: Originally published under title: Tiger! Tiger! -- London : Sidgwick and Jackson, 1956
Additional Contributors: Eisenstein, Phyllis - 1946-
Eisenstein, Alex
Gaiman, Neil
ISBN: 1876963468
9781876963460
Branch Call Number: SF BESTER 2011
Subject Headings: Revenge Fiction Castaways Fiction
Genre/Form: Science fiction
Topical Term: Revenge
Castaways
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"@multcolib Do you know of anything that's like a Jim Thompson novel, but sci-fi?"
The I ching indicates that you may like this tale of a teleporting idiot savant bent on revenge.


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Jun 06, 2014
  • Eosos rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book was so good I couldn't put it down and ended up reading it in 2 days.

Gully Foyle is a most despicable, brutal, savage, unintelligent man. He lives in a world where teleportation is the common mode of transportation, where only the rich bother with time consuming modes of travel and feminism has been set back generations.

Some of my favorite books are the kind that are almost impossible to describe and the only thing to say is 'You have to read it'. This is one of those books.

May 12, 2014
  • Seanahnah rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of my favorite Science-Fiction novels!
If you are a fan of Count of Monte Cristo, Give this a try.

Jan 21, 2013
  • MissVerity rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Yes, both a short & fast-paced read. Without spoiling too much: Be forewarned that the main character is a despicable lowlife at the get-go... but his character development doesn't doesn't stay exactly like the first few chapters. Actually my first sci fi book, and a blind book club pick by my sci fi connoisseur friend. Turned out to be a engrossing read, & inspired 3 hours of book club discussion.

Sep 14, 2011
  • johnnyjj rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A great novel that reads like a rich, dense TV script, in an original style that's very readable. Imagine it as a solitary Firefly (TV show) with a ruthless leader at its helm that explores social and economic imbalances potentially corrected by technology and self-determination.

Jun 30, 2011
  • ColemanRidge rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A shiftless drifter acquires a ruling passion that drives him to crime, adventure, glory, and eventual redemption: precisely what shiftless, drifting, adolescents want for themselves. So, this is one of the great adventure stories, but that is not all it is. This was the first major science fiction story to envision a workable future that was even more chaotic, diverse, messy, corrupt, and uncontrolled than the present. As such, it prefigured cyberpunk, and, more importantly, the present day.

Sep 26, 2010
  • sechilds rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I finally got around to reading this one after hearing about in in the book: "The 50 Greatest Science Fiction Films Never Made".

It's a great and fast read for sic-fi fans.

Jun 03, 2010
  • drukus rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of my favourite novels. It is well written, exciting and challenging. Bester’s best.

Sep 04, 2009
  • Anarchy_Bunny rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This novel is about exactly one thing: Seeking and getting revenge. Bester unapologetically gives us a protagonist that is utterly not worth redemption, yet allows him to seek it anyway.

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