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Star smashers of the Galaxy Rangers (original 1973; edition 1973)

by Harry Harrison

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Title:Star smashers of the Galaxy Rangers
Authors:Harry Harrison
Info:New York, Putnam [1973]
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Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers by Harry Harrison (1973)



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How to review this book. First - its not very good. But than, its not meant to be. This is a book that pokes fun at the science fiction tropes from earlier times - that is, young, smart men who can figure things out almost instantly, a token woman along for the ride. There is even a black guy with typical drawl - who isn't quite what it seems.

Now, I said this book isn't good, and it really isn't. But, since its not really a book meant to be take seriously. However, you might want to read it for sentences like this; "I know one half of you is East German. But the other half is American!" or "... isn't it always like that? after all, on our tree-shaded, Midwest, bible belt, WASP campus, wasn't John the only and he was the janitor?"

Yup. Not good, but written for a point. Generally, if you want something with character development, a plot that makes sense, and something a bit more.... well, transparent, this is not the book for you.

However, its an easy, fast read if you you want to give it a try. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Dec 5, 2015 |
It's so typically and unapologetically Harry Harrison that there's not any way to rate this book. It was fun, it was stupid, the amazing coincidences were there. The shocker, for me, was the absolute end. And that was after being amazed at the silly-fun twist at the beginning of the book. If you like Harrison, then you'll like this book. ( )
  fabooj | Feb 3, 2015 |
I still dip into this book, whenever nostalgic for 1950's space opera. So it was funny, at the time, and even now. Comedy is hard to review because one doesn't wish to step on the author's jokes, that's not fair. It is certainly one of Harrison's best books, in my opinion. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Aug 10, 2014 |
Botched attempt at humor. I usually like Harry Harrison's books, but this doesn't do it for me. ( )
  Dirk_P_Broer | Dec 3, 2012 |
A classic. Well, perhaps only a classic for the cognoscenti, but still a landmark work. This definitely deserves a 'Don't start here!' warning for those about to explore science fiction in all its forms. As it stands, it still hit the spot for me on a re-read after three or four decades.

Now, you have to understand that this is a lampoon, and so when it starts off with a couple of college kids knocking up an FTL drive in a shed in the back yard and then rapidly proceeds to zipping around the galaxy in a modified 747 ... well, the pointers are there that this is a pastiche of a type of pulp novel from the 50s or 60s. The principal characters are drawn ... no, plastered with a trowel ... as stereotypes, and encounter aliens to which they have stereotypical reactions - quickly overthrown as they determine that the baddies are in fact goodies and vice versa (for a while, and then again maybe not). The damsel is thrown into peril and rescued (time and again); mysterious alien races who could solve all the problems with a snap of their [fingers/tentacles/claws] (delete as appropriate) are encountered - but are aloof or have problems of their own. By now you should realise that the plot is entirely secondary to the intent, but the story still whips along with enough variety to keep you involved.

I found it a pleasure to read. I like Harry Harrison anyway, and I have the background to appreciate the genre that is being ripped-off, so even though this could be seen as really crass and unnecessary it still gets the thumbs up. A lesser writer might have held back, but Harrison has the gumption to follow it through all the way. And, the skill to give it enough of a story to keep you from getting bored.

This isn't a book to recommend to a neophyte, and could definitely put an unprepared reader off, but - for someone harking back to how things were before science fiction became 'literature' - this is a must-read. I can't give it top marks because of its very nature as a pastiche, and because it isn't saying anything 'new' or in a new way. Also, its appeal will be very limited - this is for the discerning reader, only. ( )
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"Come on, Jerry," Chuck called out cheerfully from inside the rude shed that the two chums had fixed up as a simple laboratory. "This old particle accelerator is fired up and rarin' to go!"
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