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HOKA Mass Market Paperback – Jun 22 1984

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Tor Books (June 22 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812535677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812535679
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 17.1 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,035,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9bcca2a0) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bcaafc0) out of 5 stars Hilariously funny! June 16 2014
By The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson - Published on
Format: Paperback
Orbiting the G2 star, Brackney’s Star III, is the earthlike planet Toka. And, inhabiting the world of Toka are the Hoka, a small, teddy bear-looking race, who are surprisingly strong for their size. Unfortunately their longsuffering human plenipotentiary, Alexander Jones, the Hoka are the most imaginative race in the galaxy, as soon as they discover a new book of fiction, they adopt the roles and live the story...invariably with comedic results!

This book is a collection of short stories about the Hoka and the unfortunate Alexander Jones. Each story is literally laugh-out funny, and the illustrations peppered throughout add a lot to the humor of this wonderful book. With most short story collection there are good and not-so good stories, well that is not the case with this book, they are all hilarious. This is a great book, one that I highly recommend to everyone!

In case you are curious, there are 2 stories in this book. #1) Joy in Mudville tells the story of the Hoka baseball team (the Teddies), and their quest for the Sector Pennant. (No one can stand before the Mighty Casey, right?) #2) Undiplomatic Immunity finds Alexander Jones and a delegation of Hokas on Earth to request that Toka’s status be upgraded. Unfortunately for Jones his Hokas have discovered the spy novel! #3) Full Pack (Hokas Wild) describes what happens when the Hokas discover the Jungle Books, and meet up with a group of aliens that look like a tiger, a gorilla and a snake (or should I say Shere Khan, the Banderlog, and Kaa?). #4) In the Napoleon Crime, Hokas across the planet are suddenly introduced to military history with potentially disastrous consequences; can Jones save the day yet again? #5) The Bear That Walks Like a Man is not a Hoka story per se, but a faux-leftist intellectual’s look at the Hoka.
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HASH(0x9c113030) out of 5 stars Teddy bears and SF May 13 1999
By Bill - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you like teddy bears and science fiction you will love "Hoka". Hoka is a planet discovered by Earth explorers whose inhabtants look exactly like teddy bears. Anderson and Dickson use this premise to expound on human legends and tall tales with hilarious results. A must read.
HASH(0x9c113468) out of 5 stars Baseball Comebacks, Literary Spies, and Kaa's Hunting May 15 2013
By Paul Camp - Published on
Format: Paperback
Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson's _Hoka!_ (1983) is the third and final Hoka book. It is not quite as lively as the first in the series, _Earthman's Burden_ (1957); but it is a touch better than _Star Prince Charlie_ (1975). It consists of four novelettes: "Joy in Mudville" (_Fantasy and Science Fiction_, 1955), "Undiplomatic Immunity" (_F&SF_, 1957), "Full Pack (Hokas Wild)" (_F&SF_, 1957) and "The Napoleon Crime" (_Amazing_, 1983). There is also an uncalled for and heavy-handed spoof of left-wing criticism by Sandra Miesel written especially for the book. A more entertaining literary satire is in the second story.

All of the stories are passable fun. I especially liked "Joy in Mudville," in which the Hokas are determined to reinact Casey at the Bat against the rival octopoid team from Saren, and "Full Pack," in which the Hokas (along with some other aliens) reinact _The Jungle Book_. But some of the stories -- particularly "Full Pack" and "The Napoleon Crime"-- drag on a bit too long. And the punch line spoken by Alex Jones in the last tale was used by a villain in _Earthman's Burden_, which weakens the effect a bit.

There are a generous number of interior illustrations by a variety of artists. The quality is somewhat mixed. But I did like Phil Foglio's cover and his street scene on page 156 showing the Childe Cycles Shop and the 3 Hearts and 3 Lions Tavern. None of them had quite the comic dazzle for me of Edd Cartier's original illustrations in _Earthman's Burden_. Perhaps readers with more modern tastes than my own will find the illustrations more to their liking.

All in all, good entertainment. And you can always pass over Sandra Miesel's tiresome spoof.
HASH(0x9c113828) out of 5 stars silly, but yes, mildly enjoyable Dec 15 2004
By yoshele - Published on
Format: Paperback
Hoka is a silly book about an alien race, the Hoka. Their unique characteristics are that they resemble our Earth teddy bears, and they have an absolutely wild and hypnotic imagination. Upon discovery by Earthlings, the Hokas are unwittingly exposed to and greatly influenced by human culture. This often leads to humerous results.

I found myself initially turned off by the unsophisticated and simple short story format. I was expecting more development. These stories just kinda dive right in. But, the book grew on me and I got a few good chuckles from it. For big science fiction fans, it probably won't satisfy your craving for a good sci-fi book. But, for anyone wanting to kill some time reading something a little off the wall, you won't be dissapointed. Probably a good book for kids. It's a quick read, too.
By K Yen - Published on
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took me awhile to "get" this book. There was one story about this male that married this female, except I didn't get how they were together until you realized they are two separate species, one a bear alien and the woman is a hot kind of blonde trophy housewife type.. and no I haven't finished the book, just. cant. go through it. It is the kind of book you might enjoy in a desert island like Gilligan's, with nothing to do and not civilization to connect to and it would make sense or take on appeal. lol.

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