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The Free Lunch
     

The Free Lunch

3.5 8
by Spider Robinson
 

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On the run from a terrible past, twelve-year-old Mike seeks refuge in America's most beloved theme park, Dreamworld.� On yet another attempt to "disappear" into Dreamworld, Mike is helped by Annie, a woman has successfully hidden in Dreamworld for years.�

Mike faces many challenges: he must help stop hired killers who seek to destroy his new home, and also

Overview

On the run from a terrible past, twelve-year-old Mike seeks refuge in America's most beloved theme park, Dreamworld.� On yet another attempt to "disappear" into Dreamworld, Mike is helped by Annie, a woman has successfully hidden in Dreamworld for years.�

Mike faces many challenges: he must help stop hired killers who seek to destroy his new home, and also help uncover the nature and purpose of some very strange creatures who are infiltrating Dreamworld.

Praised by The New York Times as "an homage to the lighter side of Robert A. Heinlein", this is a clever and compassionate novel for Robinson and Heinlein lovers alike.

Editorial Reviews

Ben Bova
"You get much more than you bargained for in this fun-filled-yet-serious novel. Spider's the antidote for entropy, the blahs, and the pernicious notion that humor and good grace are absent from the SF field."
Allen Steele
"The Free Lunch" is a three course meal: adventure, humor, and solid extrapolation. Spider Robinson is a master storyteller, and this novel is one of his best. Bon appetite!"
The Vancouver Sun
"If one were given the task of creating Spider Robinson from scratch, the best way to do it would be to snatch James Joyce from history, force-feed him Marx Brothers films and good jazz for the better part of a decade, then turn him loose on a world badly in need of a look at itself."
The Los Angeles Times
"Spider Robinson is the hottest writer to hit science fiction since Harlan Ellison, and he can match the master�s frenetic energy and emotional intensity, arm-break for gut-wrench.�

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012631022
Publisher:
Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc.
Publication date:
02/04/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
389,215
File size:
561 KB

Meet the Author

Spider Robinson has published over thirty-five books since 1973, won three Hugos, a Nebula, the John W. Campbell Award, and numerous other international honours. In 2006 he became the first Writer In Residence at Vancouver�s H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, and in 2010 he was named sixth Writer In Residence at the Vancouver Public Library. He has written songs with David Crosby and Todd Butler, and recorded original music with Amos Garrett and Michael Creber. His award-winning podcast Spider On The Web has appeared regularly since 2007, and he has been Toastmaster at two World Science Fiction Conventions. He was married for 35 glorious years to Jeanne Robinson, a dancer, writer and Buddhist priest with whom he co-authored the Hugo- and Nebula-winning THE STARDANCE TRILOGY. For further information visit www.spiderrobinson.com.

�The Free Lunch is a fast-moving homage to the lighter side of Robert A. Heinlein�
- The New York Times

[Spider Robinson] "embodies the best of Sturgeon, Heinlein, and Asimov."
- David Gerrold

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The Free Lunch 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent story about a boy who runs away to a theme park and meets another park stowaway, a woman who knows more about the park than just about anybody. Together they have to save the world from aliens or is it the aliens from the rival park owner or is it themselves from each other. The writing is good, funny but not overdone. The characters are believable and likable, they're given depth, but the villains were a little stereotypical. The thing that makes the book though is the relationship the develops between the boy, Mike, and the woman, Annie. The pacing of their growing closeness was perfect. The only thing that stopped this from getting an A+ was a 'wow' factor. Nothing here is going to blow you away. Over all I give it an A.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've liked the Callahan series, and works like Telempath, but this was a dissapointment. The story line of living in a Disney-World-like park with a cynical dwarf and preventing the present takeover by a hostile while assisting time travelers has all the ear-marks of a Spider story, but it never really gels. The story pace limps along without guidance or style. At best it is a late-elementary school introduction to Spider and future readings of Callahan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grabbed me and kept me until the end
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J3v0n More than 1 year ago
I'm not even go to write how lame this book was. You'll have to read it to find out. Or better yet, don't read it. Seriously, your not missing anything.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why is this book called the free lunch when there is aliens in this book this thing does not make sense this is a weird book but i do like the cver of the book it looks really cool also i am not saying that the book looks dumb i am just saying the book is weird beacuse i read someones sentence so it does not look like the book has aliens know daw read the book again stupid