Space relations A slightly gothic interplanetary tale ePUB

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Space relations A slightly gothic interplanetary tale I was not expecting much but it turned out to be a pretty solid sci fi space opera It was amusingly dated Computers are big whirrring machines flight controls on planes are very analog etc The action scenes were solidly written Anyway a good easy read and a trip back to the classic days of sci fi On a distant planet in the distant futureWhen all the galaxies are colonized John Craig a young space diplomat is captured by interplanetary pirates and sold into slaveryOn Kossr where boredom and absolute power have driven the rulers to a special kind of madness Craig is auctioned off to the exuisite Lady Morgan Sidney a beautiful sensual woman He soon makes his way from the hellish slave mines into her bed in the tower of her castle And it is here under the strange castle that he finds the secret that may bring about the end of man in the galaxy I just came across this book hard cover in my bookcase and when I checked my goodreads list I realized I had never added it I remember picking it up from a remainder bin while I was in university I also remember that I really liked it but my standards were a lot lower then ; I have no idea if I would admire it as much as I did then but I suspect I would I do know that I have re read it at least once EDITED this review space to remove a deleted review from me somehow still displayingMy ratings should be the only review of books from me showing on goodreads They are my unincentivized unconnected consumer product opinions The star rating reflects solely my subjective reading experience and resulting opinion of the book according to the rating scale used by goodreads It's not intended to destroy anyone's livelihood nor to churn out book promotions for them — just my opinionreaction shared with other readers and a means to track my reading provide book comparison data and aid in book recommendations featureI rate here according to goodreads scale meaning that because goodreads determined most readers choose books they think they will enjoy the goodreads averageokay rating on a 5 unit scale 2½ is rounded down to 2 stars where other sites like retailer round up to make 3 stars the averageokay read A briefer way to put that is that yes I rate books one star lower on goodreads than on without in any way considering that to be bullying anyone or restriction of trade—I just do look to see if a site's scale runs 1 5 or 5 1 then what each unit means in that site because that's how I was taught to use scales I'm too durn old to be convinced otherwise too durn ornery to believe that the only correct way to do anything is how it's done on com site and firmly remain convinced only people—not inanimate things like commercial products aka books—can suffer the psychological trauma of being bullied Donald Barr is William Barr's father and his book is rather a good vs evil story Sort of like William Barr's idea of conservatism triumphing over liberal evil excess Choosing to give this a 4 stars Here's whyThis book was written by the father of the current attorney general of the USA and headmaster of Jeffrey Epstein's school If it was a normal book written by some Joe Schmoe it would be ok 3 stars I enjoyed the plot and some of the bigger philosophical points made which is often what sci fi is about hiding cultural ideas in some future society The science fiction wasn't terribly strong It was sort of like Treasure Island in space But some of the plot lines no spoilers were like well messed up Sort of things I could imagine on Jeffrey Epstein's island It also read a bit like a female romance novel where I suppose the gothic comes in I think this would make a wonderful adaptation to some Netflix one off film or even for cable TV This was my third reading of Space Relations and it stands up pretty well I re read very few books but there is something about this one that resonates Diplomat is kidnapped and sold into slavery eventually thinks his way out of captivity and back to civilization But truly the book is a lot better than that soundsI've been re reading some of the old classic SF spy novels Stainless Steel Rat series Retief etc and they mostly seem kind of weenie on re reading not nearly as good as my 15 year old self remembered them The writing is a lot clunkier than I had recalled the plots less credible the humor a bit sophomoric and well standards in the 1960s just weren't that high In contrast Space Relations comes across as kind of the adult version of those books a bit sophisticated a bit better written and considerably sexierI suppose it is also the sort of novel I'm trying to write myself and Donald Barr is a good role model for me as he was also an Education professor who got around to writing a couple of SF novels at the end of his career Of course he actually worked for intelligence during WWII so has rather a better background than I for space spy novels There was one scene in particular that stuck in my mind for years after first reading the novel and that draws me back not to give away the scene but the hero makes a comment early on that just seems intended to annoy his captors but 15 chapters later he explains why the response he ellicited was the key to his being able to escape It's a very nice little piece of business and an approach I've adopted in my own novel sometimes the characters do something and why its important or why they did it doesn't become clear until a couple of chapters later And one of the common problems I come across in novels I'm editing is that the writer will introduce a mystery and have the hero solve it two paragraphs later How much tension can you generate in two paragraphs Seeing how Barr builds his character was helpful to me But mostly just a very entertaining fast paced read Not great literature but great beach read The green spine of the book stood out on the sci fi shelves of the used bookstore so I picked it up I didn’t see a price but it looked interesting enough so I brought it to the counter with the few things my daughter had collected The cashier didn’t see a price either and after glancing over the cover crinkles and bent pages he said “Here you can have this one for free” It was fantastic Easy to read fluid action political intrigue that never skirted boring the hero was an ideal Space James Bond in a setting akin to Burroughs’s Mars saga and I couldn’t have enjoyed it Donald Barr wrote a near perfect novel for the genre followed by a second as obscure as the first and then seemingly disappeared from the fiction scene which is a shame I’ll look up the second but it will be a tall order to surpass Space Relations It’s well deserving of 5 Stars