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Berserker's Planet (Orbit Books) by Fred…

Berserker's Planet (Orbit Books) (edition 1975)

by Fred Saberhagen

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Title:Berserker's Planet (Orbit Books)
Authors:Fred Saberhagen
Info:Futura Publications (1975), Paperback, 168 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:scifi, .main

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Berserker's Planet by Fred Saberhagen



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Definitely a nice, quick read.

Synopsis: Poaching party from earth goes to a remote planet renowned for its hunting season. While they're there, a tournament to the death is begun to identify the most skilled warrior on the planet. The hunting party gets captured by the cult sponsoring the tournament and pandemonium ensues.

I enjoyed the swapping of perspectives between the tournament crew and the hunting party. I also liked the fact that we never knew who the tournament winner would be, partially thanks to the switching between tournament participants.

The violence was certainly present, but it wasn't detailed out in a particularly visceral fashion. The ritual sacrifice late in the book was the most graphically depicted, but the description was given from the perspective of the berzerker - so technically correct and certainly sufficient to provide the appropriate mental imagery, but nothing approaching a squeam-inducing gory description that some folks get into.

In all, I enjoyed it and found it to be a nice way to ease back into reading after spending far too long spending all my free time playing WoW... ( )
  helver | Jun 8, 2010 |
Not quite the typical Berserker novel, this one is more of a fantasy story about a planet wide combat tournament. For some reason, this is one of my favorite berserker stories. ( )
  Karlstar | Dec 3, 2008 |
This book was a good Berserker novel. Nothing stellar, but interesting enough to keep me going and not get tired of it. The planet most of the novel takes place on was different, too. Makes you wonder if there really are places like that out there somewhere. ( )
  Homechicken | Feb 14, 2007 |
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Fred Saberhagenprimary authorall editionscalculated
Acunzoli, GiulianoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gaughan, JackCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
ManchuCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martine, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pastor, TerryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Serph, FrançoiseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vallejo, BorisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0812509811, Mass Market Paperback)

This is the third in a series of eight titles to be published in the Berserker saga and involves members of an expedition getting into problems while hunting on "Berserker's Planet". The author has written on scientific topics for the "Encyclopaedia Britannica".

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Five hundred years have passed since the combined fleets of humanity met and broke the berserker armada at Stone Place. But though the human victory was total, one of the killer machines-weaponless, its star drive a ruin-managed to limp to a secret sanctuary on a planet called Hunter's World. Over the years since then, a new cult has arisen there: a cult dedicated to Death as the only and ultimate Good. For Hunter's World has become Berserker's Planet.… (more)

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