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Icerigger [Download] ➻ Icerigger ✤ Alan Dean Foster – Thomashillier.co.uk Ethan Fortune was simple salesman knowledgeable and civilized a sophisticated traveler between many worlds But he had certainly never thought of himself as a heroSkua September, on the other hand, nev Ethan Fortune was simple salesman knowledgeable and civilized a sophisticated traveler between many worlds But he had certainly never thought of himself as a heroSkua September, on the other hand, never thought of himself as anything elseA matched pair, if ever there was one When the two of them were suddenly stranded on a deadly frozen world, Ethan Fortune incredibly found himself cast in the role of LeaderAnd he didn t find that at all amusing.


10 thoughts on “Icerigger

  1. Timothy Boyd Timothy Boyd says:

    You can t go wrong with an Alan Dean Foster SiFi book Always a nice entertaining read Very good start to a trilogy set in his Humanx Commonwealth Universe I know i ll enjoy the rest of the books as he is one of my top 5 SiFi writers Recommended


  2. Paul E. Morph Paul E. Morph says:

    The action starts almost immediately in this book and, while there are necessary lulls in the action, it doesn t ever go away for long I think this novel would make for a really good space opera fantasy movie They d need a really big special effects budget though, what with the novel largely taking place on an ice planet populated with various species of exotic alien.As usual, Foster s biggest strengths are his world building and his seemingly boundless enthusiasm for the outlandish scenarios The action starts almost immediately in this book and, while there are necessary lulls in the action, it doesn t ever go away for long I think this novel would make for a really good space opera fantasy movie They d need a really big special effects budget though, what with the novel largely taking place on an ice planet populated with various species of exotic alien.As usual, Foster s biggest strengths are his world building and his seemingly boundless enthusiasm for the outlandish scenarios he places his characters in This isn t hard s.f by and means but it s a Hell of a lot of fun if you like your space opera on the bloody side.My only complaint is that one of the protagonists is a rich young lady who is significantly overweight Initially, I was overjoyed at this, thinking how good it was that there was a prominent female character in a novel that wasn t described as if she d just jumped off the cover of Vogue for once Unfortunately, as the story unfolded, it became clear that Foster was mainly interested in making fat jokes about her In fact, the last paragraph of the novel contains a sight gag at her expense that could have come straight out of a Carry On movie Foster is a competitive weight lifter as I used to be for about a heartbeat and a half in my younger days and seems to exhibit the same contempt for people who don t meet their own standards of fitness that a lot of exercise fanatics do Disappointing, but there you go.Despite this minor annoyance, I still really enjoyed this book


  3. B. Zedan B. Zedan says:

    I m a hardcore Foster apologist and pretty much love most of his work But really, guys, who couldn t love an frozen world with ice skating bat like people who are roundabout medieval in their social development


  4. Jay Jay says:

    I first read this book in the very early 80s, when I picked up a copy of the seventh printing April 1981 I remember that I liked it which I must have done, since I ve held on to this yellowed paperback for 35 years now but I had, frankly, forgotten almost all the details It was high time to reread it.Ethan Frome Fortune is a young traveling salesman, journeying aboard a luxury starliner to his next port of call, where he plans to sell a consignment of goods at a tidy profit Along the way, I first read this book in the very early 80s, when I picked up a copy of the seventh printing April 1981 I remember that I liked it which I must have done, since I ve held on to this yellowed paperback for 35 years now but I had, frankly, forgotten almost all the details It was high time to reread it.Ethan Frome Fortune is a young traveling salesman, journeying aboard a luxury starliner to his next port of call, where he plans to sell a consignment of goods at a tidy profit Along the way, the liner makes a quick stop at Tran ky ky, which used to be a pelagic world but has since frozen over, with vast seas of ice broken only by a few island chains and other minor land masses.During the stop, Ethan stumbles across a kidnapping in a remote part of the ship two thugs are trying to abduct a wealthy industrialist and his feisty daughter, forcing them into one of the liner s escape pods at gunpoint The crooks are reluctant to kill Ethan for fear of alerting the ship s crew, so they make him come with them Unfortunately the escape pod is damaged as it leaves the ship, and the group have to crash land in the frozen waste of Tran ky ky.Before long they encounter the local sophonts, a race of tall, warlike felines known as the tran, who have natural blades of bone on their feet for skating across ice, and folds of skin under their arms, like a flying squirrel, for catching the winds that constantly blow They use the wind to propel them at amazing speeds across the ice, but the blades make it difficult for them to walk on non ice surfaces.The tran prove courteous despite their fierce nature, and promise to help Ethan and his companions reach the only human settlement on the planetbut first they have to withstand a siege by the Horde, a massive army of feral tran that appear every few years to sack towns and exact tribute.I like how Alan Dean Foster has devised tran physiology to show how they ve adapted to their frozen world Their culture is a little too derivative of medieval Vikings to be believable, but on the other hand it s nice to have some familiar points of reference given the otherwise exotic setting and natives.Foster has a great knack for describing characters, environments, and epic events which is one reason he s been tapped to write so many novelizations of blockbuster films, including many from the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises , and he puts his skills to great use in this book The battle scenes are gripping, and the interactions among the characters are always compelling especially when they involve Ethan s partner, the giant and enigmatic mercenary Skua September Why this book has never been made into a major motion picture baffles me I would actually pay money to see a good treatment of this book in a theater, rather than yet another tiresome Batman or Spiderman reboot.UPDATE I have no idea why Goodreads classifies this book as Fantasy It s space opera science fiction at its 1970s finest


  5. Ron Ron says:

    Gave up Artificial setting, characters, plot Couldn t connect.Foster can write better than this Okay, this was written in 1976 Don t waste your time Better books out there.


  6. John John says:

    1975 grade A1994 grade A2020 grade A B Series book I1 aka Ice Rigger A half dozen passengers from a space liner crash on an ice covered planet with a medieval civilization and promptly get involved in various typical intrigues and bloody battles typical of earth at that level It is a Very enjoyable adventure story but a bit predictable once the basic world building is done The characters and story are great But, unlike Heinline s Citizen of the Galaxy, which I had a hard time putting down 1975 grade A1994 grade A2020 grade A B Series book I1 aka Ice Rigger A half dozen passengers from a space liner crash on an ice covered planet with a medieval civilization and promptly get involved in various typical intrigues and bloody battles typical of earth at that level It is a Very enjoyable adventure story but a bit predictable once the basic world building is done The characters and story are great But, unlike Heinline s Citizen of the Galaxy, which I had a hard time putting down, I got tired of reading this one each session and had to stop for a while I could stay away as long as needed before returning too The difference is subtle but basically this one is not quite as intellectual.Recommended reading


  7. Larry Larry says:

    Another fun journey from Mr Foster I ve had this book on my shelf for ages but was missing the third book and had to wait till I had it Then I found it onso decided to start the trilogy The cover promotes it as a space opera but its not really its an adventure story on another very cold world Either way its a captivating aand fun read


  8. Lou Yuhasz Lou Yuhasz says:

    Gotta read this one every couple of years Don t know why It s just a cheesy, pulpy space story But I love it.


  9. Duane Duane says:

    Fine book, young feller me lad Read it and enjoy Skua September There s twoto come.


  10. Joshua Pike Joshua Pike says:

    In Icerigger the human characters crash on a planet The planet is covered in ice, with islands popping up from the once ocean While there is a human base on the planet, they crashed on the wrong side of the planet and they are way to far to radio them They end up having to work with some of the natives, first to survive, then to make their way to the human base.I love this book and its two sequels for several reasons, first it does a good job of letting the world and it s people unfold Lea In Icerigger the human characters crash on a planet The planet is covered in ice, with islands popping up from the once ocean While there is a human base on the planet, they crashed on the wrong side of the planet and they are way to far to radio them They end up having to work with some of the natives, first to survive, then to make their way to the human base.I love this book and its two sequels for several reasons, first it does a good job of letting the world and it s people unfold Learning about them is a shear pleasure The second thing is the interaction between the humans and the natives The humans end up using their superior science to help the natives, how they were able to do so makes a lot of sense, and is not as easy as many authors would make it.While not hard science fiction by any means it is also not as soft as is all to common in many books with FTL


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