"This is an engrossing novel by one of the genre's most accomplished storytellers." Publishers Weekly
All the universe is a stage...and Sparky Valentine is its itinerant thespian. He brings Shakespearea version of it anywayto the outer reaches of Earth's solar system. Sparky can transform himself from young to old, fat to thin, even male to female, by altering magnetic implants beneath his skin. Indispensible hardware for a career actorand an interstellar con man wanted for murder...
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.15(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
John Varley is the author of Slow Apocalypse, the Gaean Trilogy (Titan, Wizard, and Demon), Steel Beach, The Golden Globe, Red Thunder, Mammoth, Red Lightning, and Rolling Thunder. He has won both the Nebula and Hugo awards for his work.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was thrilled to see this come out as a nook book. It is an amazing tale with lots of humor and suspense. I can only hope that Steel Beach will be available soon.
This isn't Varley's best work. It's a somewhat fun read because Mr. Varley is quite good at pulling suprising and delightful details out of his, er, hat. However, all the fun detail just doesn't add up to much. I like a book to add up to something at the end of a read, and so this was a disappointment to me. I wasn't hooked by either the characters or the theme. It was clever in places. Varley always has good moments. But overall, this book is utterly forgetable, and not on par with his book 'Steel Beach.'
I am surprised to see that other reviewers state that the book isn't cohesive or lacks substance. The longer the story went on, the more pleased I was with it. At the beginning, I thought, Huh? Has Varley gone all Harry Harrison-Stainless Steel Rat on us? But the clever and intricate adventures of Sparky Valentine were simply the framework for a typically Varley exploration of a complex and intriguing person. There is nothing that Varley does so well as create and fill out really great characters. I highly recommend this and all Varley novels and short stories.