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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Roc (January 2003)
  • Language: English
  • 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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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 go...you 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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Green does a very good job of painting a picture of a society that needs overthrowing - badly! Owen Deathstalker is not the most endearing character, nor particularly interesting frankly, initially. However, over the course of the several novels he comes to be a very interesting character, and better yet his companions are, generally, also very interesting. A good escape into heros, simple solutions, and possibilities.
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By A Customer on July 24 2001
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This book had me entranced for two evenings. I don't normally enjoy futuristic novels that much, but Simon R. Green has a great talent for describing characters and situations.
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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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What could have been an epic story is turned into a frightfully jumbled mixture of shallow characters, ideals, and pet expressions. The author's writing style relied too heavily on repetitive similes and character comic interaction that easily added 50+ pages to the book (I don't need to be reminded endlessly that the energy crystals need two minutes to recharge or read the same pun over and over). There didn't seem to be any reason behind the plot. It jumped around, twisted and turned, and left this reader suffering from post-plot-traumatic-stress-syndrome. Maybe I'm picky, but I prefer a plot with a purposeful direction and characters with consistent personalities. With better editing and character construction, this story would have been great instead of just okay.
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