Item description for The Flying Sorcerers by David Gerrold...
This funny and insightful science fiction classic introduces Shoogar, the greatest wizard ever known in his village. His spells can strike terror in the hearts of even his most powerful enemies. But the enemy he faces now is like none he has ever seen before. The stranger has come from nowhere and is ignorant of even the most basic principles of magic. But the stranger has an incredibly powerful magic of his own. There is no room in Shoogar's world for an intruder whose powers match his own, let alone one whose powers might exceed his. So before the blue sun can cross the face of the red sun once more, Shoogar will show this stranger just who is boss.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.82" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.79" Weight: 0.93 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2004
Publisher Benbella Books
ISBN 1932100237 ISBN13 9781932100235
Availability 0 units.
More About David Gerrold
David Gerrold is the Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author of dozens of books for both adults and young adults. He began his career as the precocious author of the teleplay "The Trouble with Tribbles," broadcast on the original "Star Trek" series and voted the series's most popular episode of all time. David lives with his son in Northridge, California. And while he admits he no longer believes his son truly is a Martian, in exasperating father-son moments - of which there are many - David believes he still acts like one.
David Gerrold currently resides in San Fernando, in the state of California. David Gerrold was born in 1944.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Flying Sorcerers?
The Flying Sorcerers May 9, 2008
I am a Larry Niven fan, and have gone out of my way to track down out-of-print copies of his older books. When I saw this title, I was looking forward to another fine book in Niven's style.
This isn't one. Niven's style is almost not present in the book. When I received the invite to review the book, I had to think hard about what the book was...it left that little of an impression on my memory.
Normally I keep books and re-read them. I traded this one in.
Perplexingly bad Feb 16, 2005
Gerrold and Niven are both excellent SF writers. I usually enjoy their books, and both have built up large and high-quality bodies of work. That's why the badness of "Flying Sorcerers" is so baffling. It's like they banged this out in a weekend on a bet.
Much is made of the alleged humor of this novel. Fannish jokes and puns belong at Worldcon, not in a book put out for sale to the general public. Their humor value fails to rise over the level of Granpa's thighslappers. For example, two young alien boys who build a flying machine are called "Wilville" and "Orbur." Ho, ho. My sides! And the gags go downhill from there.
So why 2 stars instead of one? Despite all of its flaws, this is still an amiable book. "Ringworld Throne" aside, both Niven and Gerrold have enough talent to make this book at least somewhat interesting, and to keep the thin plot moving.
If you're interested in these authors, and you should be, pick out almost anything from their extensive catalogs before you purchase this.
Fine work May 15, 2004
This book is really a great work if you realize what it is, comical sci-fi. And it is not a Niven story but a Gerrold one, if you liked The Trouble With Tribbles episode of Star Trek then this for you.
To dananbethany> It's a pun, As a mauve. Asimov.
An overlooked treasure Mar 26, 2004
This is one of the funniest SF books out there. I've got an old tattered copy, and I will order the new edition when it comes out. The book is full of cultural, SF and fandom references. Some might be a little dated (for example, the symbol of the sheep, the horned box, is a reference to a TV with antenna, and how many people have seen one of THOSE lately?), but overall, this book holds up very well.
To answer another reviewer's question would be a spoiler, but anyone who wishes to know who Purple was based on can email me at my nickname at hotmail.
Enjoyable and Fun Mar 14, 2004
I love this book - it is funny. I have had the book for at least 10 years but I have yet to figure out - what is Purple's real name? It has something to do with "as a color, shade of purple-gray" and "mauve" but I cannot piece it together. Any help would be appreciated!