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Survival Kit

Frederik Pohl

Book Overview: 

It wasn't fair—a smart but luckless man like Mooney had to scrounge, while Harse always made out just because he had a....

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .e had curled up on the floor, surrounding his shiny briefcase like a mother cat around a kitten, and begun dozing alertly.

But not before he showed Mooney just what it was he proposed to pay him with.

Mooney sipped his cooling tea and forgot to shiver, though the drafts were fiercer and more biting than ever, now just before dawn. He was playing with what had looked at first like a string of steel ball-bearings, a child's necklace, half-inch spheres linked together in a strand a yard long.

Wampum! That was what Harse had called the spheres when he picked the string out of his little kit, and that was what they were.

Each ball-bearing was hollow. Open them up and out come the treasures of the crown. Pop, and one of the spheres splits neatly in half, and out spills a star sapphire, as big as the ball of your finger, glittering like the muted lights of hell. Pop, and another sphere drops a ball of yellow gold into your palm. Pop for a nar. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Una novela corta de Frederik Pohl que no me acaba de convencer. Todo gira alrededor del gag final, pero resulta demasiado largo para tan poco contenido. Quizás hubiera funcionado mejor en otro formato más corto, aunque se lee bien y entretiene.