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  1. Edwin Stark Edwin Stark says:

    Very amusing story Starts a little slow but picks up pace very quickly Regrettably, the Kindle version I read had several formatting issues and a few obvious typos from having the original text scanned with OCR software and not being proofread afterwards.I think I ll set my Eustace loose on anyone who doesn t share my opinion If you want to know what the heck I m talking about, just read the book


  2. Roberto Roberto says:

    This was actually unexpectedly good fun, with plenty of Fifties whimsy and a wry anti authoritarian tone I bet i would ve loved it as a kid.


  3. Ewen Roberts Ewen Roberts says:

    Old but not outdated, this book is a hilarious read and a fine alternative to dingy militaristic scifi.


  4. Stephen Stephen says:

    2.0 stars After really liking two of Eric Frank Russell s other works, the novel Wasp and the short story Allamagoosa , I was disappointed in this novel The story is about a space navy malcontent a typical Russell protagonist who volunteers to test out a long range scout ship and ends up crash landing on an enemy planet I actually liked the first several chapters and thought the writing was witty and main character engaging Russell, as usual, spends considerable time poking fun at militar 2.0 stars After really liking two of Eric Frank Russell s other works, the novel Wasp and the short story Allamagoosa , I was disappointed in this novel The story is about a space navy malcontent a typical Russell protagonist who volunteers to test out a long range scout ship and ends up crash landing on an enemy planet I actually liked the first several chapters and thought the writing was witty and main character engaging Russell, as usual, spends considerable time poking fun at military bureaucracy However, after the introduction, I noticed that I was no longer chuckling and the writing became fairly dry There were a few other nice moments, but not enough for me to say that I liked it It wasn t bad, it was just okay


  5. Ord_joe Ord_joe says:

    Read this about 20 times I never get tired of it Great book.


  6. Rita Rita says:

    3.5 I would ve rated it 4 but for the homophobic slur stuck smack dab in the middle of the story A discipline weary flyer for the military volunteers for a scouting expedition deep into enemy space during a war Being overambitious, and loving the fast little scout ship he d been assigned, he reconnoitered wayplanets than he d been expected to, and as a result, blew out most of his exhaust tubes and had to make a forced landing on a hostile planet Surviving by his wits for days, he s 3.5 I would ve rated it 4 but for the homophobic slur stuck smack dab in the middle of the story A discipline weary flyer for the military volunteers for a scouting expedition deep into enemy space during a war Being overambitious, and loving the fast little scout ship he d been assigned, he reconnoitered wayplanets than he d been expected to, and as a result, blew out most of his exhaust tubes and had to make a forced landing on a hostile planet Surviving by his wits for days, he s eventually taken prisoner and must find a way to escape, using only his brains, his Willies, and his Eustaces A hilarious use of the language and appreciated character development


  7. 5greenway 5greenway says:

    Great fun, zips along 3.5.


  8. Tim Hicks Tim Hicks says:

    I m old enough to have read quite a lot of older SF Maybe that s why I liked this one so much Essentially it s yer basic late 50s space adventure except that the lead character is perhaps the most outrageous liar in all of fiction Almost as bad as a modern politician Also a bureaucracy hater well past the Cpl Klinger zone When I say basic late 50s I mean the kind where every pilot can fly any space ship, and the ships all have the key in the ignition, and it s understood that the super f I m old enough to have read quite a lot of older SF Maybe that s why I liked this one so much Essentially it s yer basic late 50s space adventure except that the lead character is perhaps the most outrageous liar in all of fiction Almost as bad as a modern politician Also a bureaucracy hater well past the Cpl Klinger zone When I say basic late 50s I mean the kind where every pilot can fly any space ship, and the ships all have the key in the ignition, and it s understood that the super fast ship drive works by hand wave, hand wave The ship stands on its tail and people enter it by ladder A randomly chosen planet will turn out to have breathable air and drinkable water No one ever performs any excretory functions You just have to let that go and enjoy the story This is the novel length version of Russell s short story Plus X , but doesn t feel like a stretched tale There s a setup, a bit of travel to get Leeming where he needs to be, a bit of post crash run hide run hide, then he finally faces down the enemy and starts doing some truly righteous lying All that and it s funny, too A wonderful light read


  9. Craig Craig says:

    This edition includes an introduction by Jack Chalker that explains that Next of Kin is the original, unabridged version of a short novel that I read a long time ago and liked very much called The Space Willies, which appeared as half of one of the old Ace Double volumes Chalker states that there were two Russell novels that didn t appear at their full length in the U.S I d like to know what the other one was I actually preferred the shorter version of this one The Space Willies was just This edition includes an introduction by Jack Chalker that explains that Next of Kin is the original, unabridged version of a short novel that I read a long time ago and liked very much called The Space Willies, which appeared as half of one of the old Ace Double volumes Chalker states that there were two Russell novels that didn t appear at their full length in the U.S I d like to know what the other one was I actually preferred the shorter version of this one The Space Willies was just long enough to sustain some of the running gags and develop the uncomplicated plot, whereas Next of Kin seems to drag in spots This time around I noticed that some of the dialog that I found so hilarious at first was achieved simply by having the alien language recorded phonetically as silly sounds and word combinations I usually like Barclay Shaw s covers, but the original Kelly Freas was far superior to the one by Shaw on this edition Anyway, under whichever title, it s a very entertaining and amusing story, and show cases one of the favorite tropes of Russell s work and of original editor John Campbell the superiority of quick thinking individuals over bureaucracy


  10. Q Q says:

    It s a pretty weird book, reminded me of Stanislav Lem a lot Same weird combination of boring, humorous and philosophical.


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Next of Kin ❄ [KINDLE] ✽ Next of Kin By Eric Frank Russell ➝ – Thomashillier.co.uk Scout Officer John Leeming knew from the very start that his reconnaissance mission deep into enemy territory would likely be a one way trip But, after he crash lands on a far distant planet and becom Scout Officer John Leeming knew from the very start that his reconnaissance mission deep into enemy territory would likely be a one way trip But, after he crash lands on a far distant planet and becomes a prisoner of ruthless aliens, he knows he can t just give up Armed with only a piece of wood, a coil of copperlike wire, his quick wits, and an imaginary ally called Eustace, Leeming embarks on a brilliant campaign to gain his freedom and undermine the alien war effort, too This original, full length version of one of Russell s Next of PDF \ most popular stories, Plus X, is amusing, adventurous, fast moving, and razor sharp Poking fun at bone headed and inflexible bureaucrats and institutions, it ranks among his very best workAlso known as The Space Willies when published as part of an Ace Double.