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Deathworld

Harry Harrison

Book Overview: 

Harry Harrison is best known for his Stainless Steel Rat stories and the novel Make Room! It’s the story of Jason dinAlt a professional gambler with psionic skills who finds himself on Pyrrus the deadliest planet to be colonized by humanity. Violent weather, active tectonics, heavy gravity, abundant predators, and a hostile splinter group of colonists is only the beginning of Jason’s quest to learn the truth about Pyrrus.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .When the ship finally landed Jason didn't even know it. The constant 2 G's felt like deceleration. Only the descending moan of the ship's engines convinced him they were down. Unbuckling the straps and sitting up was an effort.

Two G's don't seem that bad—at first. Walking required the same exertion as would carrying a man of his own weight on his shoulders. When Jason lifted his arm to unlatch the door it was heavy as two arms. He shuffled slowly towards the main lock.

They were all there ahead of him, two of the men rolling transparent cylinders from a nearby room. From their obvious weight and the way they clanged when they bumped, Jason knew they were made of transparent metal. He couldn't conceive any possible use for them. Empty cylinders a meter in diameter, longer than a man. One end solid, the other hinged and sealed. It wasn't until Kerk spun the sealing wheel and opened one of them that their use became apparent.

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Community Reviews

When professional gambler Jason dinAlt is hired to run a stake up into the billions by some colonists, he is intrigued by tales of their world and opts to return to it. However, Pyrrus is the most hostile world in the universe, with every life form bent on the extermination of the colonists, even...more

A trickier book than it first appears. At first, you're sure you know exactly what's going to happen. Jason dinAlt, a typical cool SF superhero kinda guy, finds himself en route to Pyrrhus, the most dangerous planet in the known universe. The native fauna, and even flora, is so terrifyingly aggre...more

Deathworld

By Harry Harrison

Since I can't find The Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat for Kindle and I can't find my hard copy, or the time to read a hard copy, I read Deathworld. Thank you again for the recommendation Jim.

Deathworld was first published in 1961 (maybe earlier). This is a cla...more

A solid 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 for the fabulous memory it evoked. In fact it was so good, that I intend very soon to continue with 2 & 3 which have also survived since 1976.
Full review to follow tomorrow

Set on the most deadly planet you can imagine where everything from the smallest insect to the largest bird of prey is out to get you and where even the plants have fangs. I quite liked it when I first read it (in German) many years ago. Now I read it again, for the first time in English, and I h...more

I've read this many times before & my paperback copy of it is tattered enough to have a packing tape binding. I first read it about a decade after it was published & thought Jason second only to the Stainless Steel Rat for sheer panache. I've always liked the other 2 books more than this...more

“Everything here was deadly to man— from the smallest insect to the largest plant.”

Deathworld is basically about a world that wants to kill you at every opportunity. Harry Harrison is a dab hand at old-school sci-fi adventures, not a lot of nuances or anything to contemplate after you are done,...more

I have read several of the other reviews of this book and I think the majority have missed the point. It may be fantasy or science fiction, whatever you might want to call it. It has flaws, but remember it was written in 1960 when modern Sci-Fy was barely in its infancy and during some of he high...more

Enjoyable story about a planet... OF DEATH! Pretty fun tale about karma (kind of). In death world the ecology of a planet seems hellbent on killing its human inhabitants to the degree that evolution has steered the plants and animals in such a way that all their offensive and defensive traits are...more

3. 5 stars. Easy-reading adventuring fun times on the planet of DEATH! This book is every ingredient from pre-1960 sf history stirred into one ridiculous romptastic read. Buff heroes, beautiful lady - (but just the ONE apparently in the ENTIRE WORLD), spaceships, monstrous alien beasts, telepathy...more

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