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Tuf Voyaging

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Reluctant Galactic Hero Saves the Day

Haviland Tuf, a recluse, acquires a lost and forgotten starship of massive size and astounding power and makes it his job to solve the unsolve-able problems of many worlds. Martin includes much humor between the lines, and provokes a lot of thought, too. This book is ...
Haviland Tuf, a recluse, acquires a lost and forgotten starship of massive size and astounding power and makes it his job to solve the unsolve-able problems of many worlds. Martin includes much humor between the lines, and provokes a lot of thought, too. This book is one of my all-time favorite SciFi novels ... and I'm pretty picky. The plots are amazing, interesting, and fun all at the same time. I wish Martin would write a sequel!

posted by Anonymous on January 21, 2003

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

There is such a thing as "too flawed".

GRRM has incredible skill when it comes to world-building, and this book is no exception, but I think he bit off more than he could chew with the character of Tuf. Tuf is an interesting man, but so idiosyncratic that he is also a tough sell as a stand-alone hero... GRRM...
GRRM has incredible skill when it comes to world-building, and this book is no exception, but I think he bit off more than he could chew with the character of Tuf. Tuf is an interesting man, but so idiosyncratic that he is also a tough sell as a stand-alone hero... GRRM has made this work for him in the past, human flaws being one of his favorite spices for any character, but he went too far with Tuf without making him relatable or likable. Read on if you still need more detail than this.

It would have been no easy feat to redeem Tuf as a hero. After all, he is a very tall, fat, hairless vegetarian with no range of facial or vocal expression or tolerance for communication that is not strictly literal. Apparently suffering from autism as well as a strong aversion to physical contact with other humans, Tuf's humanitarian escapades come off as transparently self-gratifying; they seem to him to be up-scaled versions of the games he enjoys so much, and you can see that he'd like them even better if he never had to interact directly with the human pawns involved.

Tuf's saving graces are supposed to be his deep empathy for animals, particularly cats; his honesty and fairness, the latter which is also taken to such lengths as to become a flaw itself; and lastly, his genius-level intelligence and particular cleverness with strategy. It is here that his character really failed to win me. In my opinion, Tuf's solutions were obvious and heavy-handed, and hardly clever or interesting.

In summary, Tuf was, to me, just a social outcast with only marginally above average intelligence, who gained the opportunity to play human civilizations like chess games by virtue of inheriting a tool powerful enough to make his childish solutions actually work. This, to me, is just not a compelling premise.

posted by Simurgh on March 3, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2003

    Reluctant Galactic Hero Saves the Day

    Haviland Tuf, a recluse, acquires a lost and forgotten starship of massive size and astounding power and makes it his job to solve the unsolve-able problems of many worlds. Martin includes much humor between the lines, and provokes a lot of thought, too. This book is one of my all-time favorite SciFi novels ... and I'm pretty picky. The plots are amazing, interesting, and fun all at the same time. I wish Martin would write a sequel!

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Tuf - Magic Dragon!!!

    Great Book - great stories - again, great imagination from George Martin. I think he was right when he said his public still wanted more stores of Tuf. He should have listened to them. The problem with George Martin is that he has so many interests and does none of them justice so none of them are great and therefore they remain good or less than good. Too bad - good writer.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    There is such a thing as "too flawed".

    GRRM has incredible skill when it comes to world-building, and this book is no exception, but I think he bit off more than he could chew with the character of Tuf. Tuf is an interesting man, but so idiosyncratic that he is also a tough sell as a stand-alone hero... GRRM has made this work for him in the past, human flaws being one of his favorite spices for any character, but he went too far with Tuf without making him relatable or likable. Read on if you still need more detail than this.

    It would have been no easy feat to redeem Tuf as a hero. After all, he is a very tall, fat, hairless vegetarian with no range of facial or vocal expression or tolerance for communication that is not strictly literal. Apparently suffering from autism as well as a strong aversion to physical contact with other humans, Tuf's humanitarian escapades come off as transparently self-gratifying; they seem to him to be up-scaled versions of the games he enjoys so much, and you can see that he'd like them even better if he never had to interact directly with the human pawns involved.

    Tuf's saving graces are supposed to be his deep empathy for animals, particularly cats; his honesty and fairness, the latter which is also taken to such lengths as to become a flaw itself; and lastly, his genius-level intelligence and particular cleverness with strategy. It is here that his character really failed to win me. In my opinion, Tuf's solutions were obvious and heavy-handed, and hardly clever or interesting.

    In summary, Tuf was, to me, just a social outcast with only marginally above average intelligence, who gained the opportunity to play human civilizations like chess games by virtue of inheriting a tool powerful enough to make his childish solutions actually work. This, to me, is just not a compelling premise.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

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    Love George RR Martin

    Mr Martin does not disappoint. Love this story!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2013

    Possibilities, but...

    Not a bad foray into sci-fi for Martin, but the lack of personality from the main character really put a damper on the whole book for me. It was interesting and unique in a lot of ways, but it definitely needed some 'zing' to make we want to keep reading. An okay read, but it won't leave you wanting more.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    Read while waa Read while waiting

    For the next game of thrones book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Tuffy!

    Wonderful! Love Tuff! Martin is a genius !!!! I wish there was a part 2

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Great book.

    Rothfuss writes wonderful characters whether fantasy or sci-fi. Havilund is awesome.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    YOU MUST CHECK IT OUT

    Light reading, a series of short stories that add up to a novel. Each episode stands by itself so great for episodic reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Good read

    Decent sience fiction, though a bit outdated.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Bleh

    Wat iz dis?

    0 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Great stuff.

    Great stuff.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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