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Retief! av Keith Laumer

Retief! (utgåvan 2002)

av Keith Laumer

Serier: Retief (Omnibus)

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Once again it is up to Jamie Retief to save another diplomatic mission. Terra has recently signed a treaty with the planet Petreac. But revolution threatens and the Terrans must save the Nenni cast or their mission will end in abject failure.
Författare:Keith Laumer
Info:Baen (2002), Paperback
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek


Retief! (A Collection of Stories) av Keith Laumer


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Quite nice - an Intergalactic Fritz Deelman. ( )
  rendier | Dec 20, 2020 |
This is hilarious satire drawn from the author's personal, all-too-real experience of working with diplomats. As the jacket cover says, Retief is a James Bond among timid, ass-covering diplomats, with predictable hilarity. It's a fantastic concept.

I'm not sure what possessed the editors of this book to put the one serious Retief story first. It's an ok story, but in a completely different tone from the rest of the book, having none of the delightful satire. It also is supposed to (I think) occur a lot later in time than the rest of the stories, so its presence at the beginning is just confusing. The reason why people read Retief is the other stories.

The rest of the book consists of short stories which are composed of three parts: (1) hilarious satire where the diplomatic team proves its utter inability to negotiate its way out of a paper bag, followed by a James Bond story where Retief smoothly and debonairly accomplishes what entire government task forces could not, followed by more hilarious satire as the team of idiots attempts to claim credit for it.

I'm not as much of a fan of the middle action-adventure parts. Like a James Bond story, they have have humor and adventure, and for the most part, they are ok drama stories. Unfortunately, drama sits a bit uneasily with the silly beginnings and the endings. And in some cases, you also just cannot take the villains very seriously either, which again detracts from the drama (or the drama detracts from the satire). There is some decent SF world-building in some of them, but sometimes I thought it dragged. Mostly, I wish he had just shortened those parts, especially for the longer stories. After reading the hilarious introductions, you're not really in the mood for a grip-your-seat adventure story.

There are other Retief stories out there which are not collected in this volume, but in my opinion most of them are just not as good as the ones here (they drag even more in the action-adventure part). The editors did a good job of selecting stories.

This book used to be in the Baen free library, but they pulled it, unfortunately. ( )
  garyrholt | Nov 5, 2020 |
a bunch of short stories about a diplomat named Jame Retief. He works in the CDT, a galaxy spanning Corp that is about as helpful as the Circumlocution Office in a Dickens' novel. He actually gets things done. Light and amusing. I like Laumer's stuff. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
As a teenager, I read and enjoyed Laumer's Retief stories but it never occurred to me that they may have influenced my career choice when I became a diplomat. so, when I saw this collection at a local used book store, I bought it and read it. I enjoyed the stories, and found that some of the satirical points Laumer scored no longer stung or even seemed relevant. Others are more pointed, but mostly I am dismayed at the idea that one man with a gun and some martial arts skills can somehow save the day. This is, of course, the American hero myth, from dime novels to CGI-dependent films, but it doesn't coincide with the real world very often. Otherwise, these are very enjoyable reads, set in a kind of timeless land of fable, fumbling bureaucrats and bumbling enemies. ( )
  nmele | May 9, 2014 |
I picked up the E-book Retief by Keith Laumer and of course could not resist re-reading stories I've read before.

I never tire of reading the stories of this hard hitting diplomat with a penchant for tongue in cheek humor.

What I find the most interesting is how they seem to stand the test of time. I can read these stories with the same awe I had for them back in the 60's. I suppose that's because they are more about diplomacy than about science fiction.

Anyone who likes Science Fiction containing those suave cut through the red tape action hero's will love this collection. ( )
  JLDobias | Nov 10, 2013 |
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Once again it is up to Jamie Retief to save another diplomatic mission. Terra has recently signed a treaty with the planet Petreac. But revolution threatens and the Terrans must save the Nenni cast or their mission will end in abject failure.

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