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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Warner Books; First Edition edition (July 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446903531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446903530
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,193,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Another novel from the Alan Dean Foster machine. He can spin a yarn. Not his best, but a fun read nonetheless
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A fun, fun read. Jan. 24 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A sci-fi story set in a non-Commonwealth(Flinx) universe,
it nonetheless has a rich and engrossing setting. (In fact,
it's a shame there weren't additional books set here) The main character is an enigmatic, brilliant, and incredibly driven man that we never really get to know. Instead, we perceive him through his interactions with a varied cast of interesting "side" characters. We track our mysterious and chillingly efficient protagonist as he works his way to the top, and along the way we get to look inside
the minds of the facinating supporting characters that his actions affect. Overall an engrossing, well-told story. One of Alan Dean Foster's best efforts.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Vacuum of a Book March 5 1999
By Jeff(offmywave@hotmail.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I started reading SciFi 7 years ago because a friend of mine lent me this book. The main character in this book is often unpredictable and has a cool, sly personality that draws you to him as often as the characters in the book are drawn to this most likeable(or is it unlikeable?) deviant. Though I appreciated most of the settings in this book, it's the way in which Foster managed to create such an interesting plot through such a unique, deceptive character. He's as calm, collective and mean as "Dirty Harry" but oh so much smarter. I've read several Foster books since then, but this ultimately remains my favorite.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Keeps Me Coming Back June 12 2000
By "qed7" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is one of my guilty pleasures. I have read it more times than I can count and am about to purchase my third copy, having worn out two previous copies. The main character is a man driven unlike any other. He seems at times to be in search of something (a theme I find in many of Foster's books), but in the process of his quest he reshapes the entire known universe. As intriging a read the twentieth time as it was the first.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Re-readable to the point of destruction Nov. 15 2001
By Shalom Craimer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've liked this book since I first read it, 10 year ago, and I still find myself picking it up and re-reading it again and again. The flow of the plot is simply to absorbing to put it down, and the complex plans made by the main character amaze me afresh every time. I've read this book so often, and lent it to so many people, that my first copy fell apart. So I got another one ;-)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
GREAT NOVEL! Jan. 25 2006
By charles ballew - Published on Amazon.com
When I was a teenager I collected Alan Dean Foster books. He was my favorite author at the time. I have kept all his books. But in recent years I've reread all of them, only to sadly discover they're pretty juvenile and simplistic. They are all very readable, almost impossible to put down, with exciting plots and vivid, economic descriptions of environments. But Alan Dean Foster's dialogue was plagued with cliche's and his characters completely lacking in subtlety.

One disclaimer, however, I haven't read any of his novels written after 1990, so for all I know he's improved his skills.

Anyway, my two favorite books of his are Icerigger, which is poorly written but has an absolutely brilliant plot (it would make a great movie),

and this novel, The Man Who Used the Universe, which is, to me, his masterpiece.

The brilliance of this novel lies in it's basic simplicity. It doesn't waste any time with dialogue and complex characters, Instead it just coldly and efficiently describes an enigmatic man, Kees vaan Loo-Makklin, who, simply said, conquers the universe.

Kees is a mystery to everyone around him, because he hides his feelings completely, and views everyone as a tool in his ambitions.

Each step of his life is described without any poetry or cleverness. He outwits everyone, and never falters. The novel, like the character, plows directly ahead, no looking back, and only when he finally conquers the universe do we find out the answer to the one question everyone keeps asking; why? the answer is simplicity itself, and I LOVED IT!

This book is GREAT!!! Read it, you won't be sorry!

chuck b

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