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The Centauri Device

av M. John Harrison

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John Truck was to outward appearances just another lowlife spaceship captain. But he was also the last of the Centaurans, or at least half of him was, which meant that he was the only person who could operate the Centauri Device, a sentient bomb which might hold the key to settling a vicious space war. M. John Harrison's classic novel turns the conventions of space opera on their head, and is written with the precision and brilliance for which is famed.… (mer)
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DNF at 25%. Sub-PKD nonsense. ( )
  SChant | Jun 19, 2021 |
Purple prose and a listless, largely unsympathetic protagonist make a surprisingly action-packed political thriller cum space opera an unexpectedly difficult read. Additionally, I'm not sure what message I'm meant to take home, other than ideology and individuals in power do not serve the people at large. The final 30p or so are completely baffling. I here-by formally give up on Harrison SF novels. ( )
  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
Gritty, acerbic, and blancmange are all words that come to mind as I think back over this book. Although that last one's probably because I haven't had any coffee yet today.

An alien device is found on a planet whose inhabitants were almost entirely wiped out in a war with humanity, and the leaders of the two world superpowers believe it to be the key to their side gaining dominance. Unfortunately for them it can only be controlled by someone with the alien genetic code. Enter John Truck, the only living person they can find who has any of these alien genes, and a bit of a loser to boot.

And so we follow Captain Truck as he staggers, vomits, and haphazardly shoots his way around the galaxy, variously trying to run from the myriad factions that want him to use the device for them, and giving himself up to one of the factions just to remove the responsibility from himself.

Truck's not the kind of hero that it's easy to appreciate, but then I think that's the point: he is the downtrodden everyman, not Jack Bauer. Harrison's prose is certainly rollicking, and the story holds promise, but overall it just lacked that certain something to elevate it beyond pretty-good-ness. ( )
  imlee | Jul 7, 2020 |
Gritty, acerbic, and blancmange are all words that come to mind as I think back over this book. Although that last one's probably because I haven't had any coffee yet today.

An alien device is found on a planet whose inhabitants were almost entirely wiped out in a war with humanity, and the leaders of the two world superpowers believe it to be the key to their side gaining dominance. Unfortunately for them it can only be controlled by someone with the alien genetic code. Enter John Truck, the only living person they can find who has any of these alien genes, and a bit of a loser to boot.

And so we follow Captain Truck as he staggers, vomits, and haphazardly shoots his way around the galaxy, variously trying to run from the myriad factions that want him to use the device for them, and giving himself up to one of the factions just to remove the responsibility from himself.

Truck's not the kind of hero that it's easy to appreciate, but then I think that's the point: he is the downtrodden everyman, not Jack Bauer. Harrison's prose is certainly rollicking, and the story holds promise, but overall it just lacked that certain something to elevate it beyond pretty-good-ness. ( )
  leezeebee | Jul 6, 2020 |
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Not once perceive their foul disfigurement...


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It was St Crispin's Eve on Sad al Bari IV when Captain John Truck, impelled by something he was forced to describe to himself as 'sentiment', decided to visit The Spacer's Rave, on the corner of Proton Alley and Circuit (that chilly junction where the higher class of port lady goes to find her customers).
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