Sunday, 17 August 2008

The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester


This is on most of those lists of the top 100 science fiction novels of all time. It was written in the fifties and it has certainly worn very well. Ultimately it fails to live up to expectations simply because those expectations are set very high in the context of the history and development of the genre.

Take it out of this context and simply read it as a book for entertainment and its fine, even quite good, but not spectacular.

Ultimately we have an adventure story with a classic anti-hero. Well written and certainly thought provoking.

Worth a try.

3 out of 5 stars

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