Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Retief Unbound - Keith Laumer

Solid collection of anti-Grocia interstellar diplomacy hijinks sendup. Retief Unbound : Protocol - Keith Laumer Retief Unbound : Sealed Orders - Keith Laumer Retief Unbound : Cultural Exchange - Keith Laumer Retief Unbound : Aide Memoire - Keith Laumer Retief Unbound : Policy - Keith Laumer Retief Unbound : Palace Revolution - Keith Laumer Retief Unbound : Retief's Ransom - Keith Laumer No pet food for us, Ambassador. 4 out of 5 "I suggest we use Tennessee rules," said Retief. "They're very liberal: biting, gouging, stomping, kneeling, and, of course, choking, as well as the usual punching, shoving, and kicking." "Hmmm. These gambits seem geared to forms employing rigid endo-skeletons; I fear I shall be at a disadvantage." "Of course," Retief said, "if you'd prefer a more plebian type of contest . . ." "By no means. But perhaps we could rule out tentacle-twisting, just to even the balance." 3.5 out of 5 Armed Baggage MEDDLE. 3.5 out of 5 Evil Soft Ones? Guess who they might be? 3 out of 5 A lost cruiser to find. 4 out of 5 Gambling on it. 3 out of 5 Gambling on it. 3 out of 5 3.5 out of 5

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