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Deathstalker Paperback – Jan 2003

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Roc (January 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0451940911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451940919
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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When Owen Deathstalker, foppish aristocrat-about-the-galaxy and master of the martial arts who'd rather write history, is outlawed by the maximally evil empress Lionstone, it's a pretty sure bet that narrow escapes and desperate deeds will follow. They do. This first-in-a-series is populated by a suave and suitably blas{‚}e hero, nasty villains galore, a wide assortment of peculiar supporting characters of many bizarre species, and the requisite confused love interest; and it is set on a criminal planet, Mistworld, at an imperial court, and all over a wildly variegated galaxy. Green blends derring-do, space battles, and wry banter aplenty to form an eminently satisfying space opera. Dennis Winters --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.


"Green blends derring-do, space battles and wry banter aplenty to form an eminently satisfying space opera." -Booklist

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Simon Green's Deathstalker saga should not work. The tales in this series are quirky to say the least, featuring such oddities as a castle that is really a spaceship, a world full of living toys, a madness maze, rogue artificial intelligences to mention just a few. However, you would go a long way to find a better or more entertaining series than this.

From the first chapter you become caught up with the characters and care about them and what becomes of them. Owen Deathstalker is the hero of the title. After his father is murdered and his family wiped out, the mild mannered historian is transformed into a man with a mission, his 'mission' being to destroy the empire that is being led by the tyrannical Lionstone (also known as the iron bitch). Along the way he acquires a motley group of `helpers', Hazel D'Ark, Ruby Journey and Jack Random, all somewhat psychopathic and with a hatred of the empire.

This is a fast paced adventure story with numerous characters and scenarios. In spite of the complexity of Deathstalker's universe the author has managed to keep the tale cohesive and easy to read. Although this is a huge space opera spanning several books it is easy to remember who is who and where they belong within this epic.

Suspend all your preconceptions of what a sci-fi book should be and give this a won't regret it.
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If you like your science fiction short and sweet, Simon R. Green's Deathstalker series is not for you. This is space opera in the grand tradition, filled with sweeping turns and possibilities extending across an Empire of worlds and centuries, featuring a cast of human aristocrats, clones, espers (mutants with varying ESP capabilities), monstrous aliens, augmented men, genetically-enhanced creatures, legends and heroes from the past, and outlaws. The newest outlaw is none other than Owen Deathstalker, de facto leader of the Deathstalker clan ever since the imperial murder of his father. All Owen wanted was to be left alone to pursue his history studies, but destiny has a way of finding its chosen victims wherever they may be. Queen Lionstone XIV declares Owen an outlaw, and in an instant he is running for his life. Thus are sown the seeds of a rebellion that will change the Empire forever. Of course, that story only begins to be told in this first volume of the exploits of Owen Deathstalker.

Deathstalker first escapes - barely - to Mistworld, a cold stink-hole of a planet that serves as the one and only refuge of outlaws all across the Empire. In the company of fellow outlaw Hazel D'Ark, to whom he literally owes his life, Owen seeks out the Empire's most legendary rebel, Jack Random, to join his nascent little rebellion. Throw in a sassy female bounty hunter and one of the Hadenmen (augmented men who once sought to wipe out the inferior human race), and you've got quite an eclectic bunch of revolutionaries.
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I cannot express in mere words the incredible super-badness of this horrible, horrible book. Don't buy it. Don't read it. Just back away from your computer slowly, turn away, and never think of the Deathstalker Series again. Now. You want details? Sure, I can provide them. I was forced to read all of Deathstalker when I lost a bet. But all the examples of terrible everything in this book are so obvious that if you don't catch them yourself you deserve to enjoy Deathstalker just as much as you deserve serious gastro-intestinal illness. For God's sake, look at the name! What kind of serious author would title his book and main character 'Deathstalker' unless he was being incredibly ironic? But this I promise you: irony, or indeed any literary device, is as far beyond the means of Mr. Simon R. Green as is plot, characterization, and not stealing all his ideas from other better science fiction. By far the most depressing aspect of Deathstalker is it's popularity. At this point, four other Deathstalker books have been published, each one, I am sure, plotted out by Green as he idly masturbated into a copy of Isaac Asimov's foundation. What does it say about humanity that he is successful with books like this? I, for one, am unwilling to speculate. I welcome your comments.
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As I read the first half of this book, I was facinated by the world that Simon R. Green had created. On style I would rate this first book in this series a five. It manages to combine A Romanesque emipire and mix it with 16th century Europe, and adds in in modern punk culture. Amazingly he makes this work somehow. On the surface the characters are just really neat.
This alone carries the series through the first two books. Unfortuantly the storyline lets the rest of the series down. The more I read this book the more it became clear that there were no real characters just a bunch of odd fighting machines that seemed to choose sides almost at random. But even with this the world kept me enthralled enough that I managed to read through the third book. The only reason I couldn't read on was because the characters just simply became too strong. By the second bood six people are attacking armies and winning without breaking a sweat.
Too bad, this had the makings of a trully great pulp action sereis.
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