Harry Harrison
Bill, the Galactic Hero on the Planet of the Robot Slaves
September 26, 2018 Comments.. 189
Bill the Galactic Hero on the Planet of the Robot Slaves Bill would give his right arm to defend his Emperor against the alien Chingers which is lucky seeing as he has two of them War demands sacrifices and if you ve lost one left arm have an artificial f

  • Title: Bill, the Galactic Hero on the Planet of the Robot Slaves
  • Author: Harry Harrison
  • ISBN: 9780380756612
  • Page: 100
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Bill would give his right arm to defend his Emperor against the alien Chingers which is lucky seeing as he has two of them War demands sacrifices, and if you ve lost one left arm, have an artificial foot and a set of nifty surgically implanted tusks, it s a small price to pay for the privilege of being a hero And Bill knows all about heroism as part of a motley creBill would give his right arm to defend his Emperor against the alien Chingers which is lucky seeing as he has two of them War demands sacrifices, and if you ve lost one left arm, have an artificial foot and a set of nifty surgically implanted tusks, it s a small price to pay for the privilege of being a hero And Bill knows all about heroism as part of a motley crew his new task is to track down the source of Chinger controlled metal dragons that are making mincemeat out of humans

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    1. Scott Rhee says:

      It took Harry Harrison nearly 40 years to write a sequel to his underrated anti-war satirical novel, "Bill the Galactic Hero", and, while it's not nearly as clever, scathing, and apropos as the original, "Bill the Galactic Hero: The Planet of the Robot Slaves" is still humorous and entertaining.Published in 1989, "Bill Part 2" (as I will henceforth refer to it, even though it is inexplicably numbered "Volume 1" on the cover, which doesn't make sense as the first "Bill" book was actually publishe [...]

    2. Chuck says:

      Okay, imagine a world in which a ship has crash landed. Half the people love Malory's Morte d'Artur and model their culture on King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and the other half love Edward Gibbons The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, and they have based their culture on Ancient Rome. A man, posing as the god Mars, keeps the two at perpetual war with each other to keep things "sharp" for the Romans.That's just one chapter.It's a pretty breakneck pace; pure satire and not a l [...]

    3. P.J. Taylor says:

      I read this book originally when I was in my late teens and this is the first time since then that I've re-read it. And, to be perfectly honest, I didn't enjoy this book very much at all. It seems my tastes have changed. Whilst I chuckled occasionally this is nowhere near as good as I remember. Very silly, school boy humour with very little plot. Best avoided . . .

    4. Nenad Pavlović says:

      If it was a knock-off Sierra video game or a short story on the back of a dirty magazine, I might look upon it more favorably. As it is, I can't believe it even got published. If not for a few jokes that made me chuckle I would've given it a 1/5. Almost total garbage.

    5. RandomSkev says:

      Probably a good read if you're a youngster. Passable jokes. Decent writing. Not nearly as good as I expected from Harrison after reading "The Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat."

    6. Kumar Ayush says:

      Towards the end, it feels like some plot elements are being stretched without any reason. There are some repetitive elements too. I enjoyed the absurdist humour, and the characters do a good job, but not very happy with the plot.

    7. Geert Daelemans says:

      An enjoyable read with a messageBill does not like danger, although he is supposed to really get a kick out of it, him being a Space Trooper and all. But no matter what he does -mainly trying to get danger as far as possible away from him or vice versa- heroism keeps following Bill without mercy. That is why he is still alive and kicking. That is, because of an earlier accident: kicking with his two right arms -there weren't any spare left ones- and his chicken leg -there weren't any human legs [...]

    8. Saul says:

      It goes without saying the book is well written by a master of SF. However, I think this particular chapter in the series lacks depth. Its theme is clear, that war is a ridiculous tragedy and promoted by the jingoistic machinations of nihilistic leaders. However, I'm not sure the well intended message follows the plot's cadence. Bill's antics, as seen before, are like a garbled stream of thought. One crazy act of self preservation simply leads to another with humorous outcomes. As fun as this ma [...]

    9. Witchi says:

      I really wanted to like this book, I really did. Stainless Steel Rat is my old time favourite and this book being written by the same author must be as good, right? Not so much.I don't like the main character and I don't think he was made to be likeable, but there is absolutly nobody who reader could care about and keep fingers crossed for. Somebody told me that this book was written as a pastiche on goverment, but at some point it became so riddicules that it reminded me one of the comments fro [...]

    10. John Lawson says:

      Eternal army private Bill finds himself marooned on a planet largely run by sentient machines. Very juvenile humor ensues.I liked the first book. It was edgy and funny, in the same vein as HITCKHIKERS. But this book was just silly, in a dumb way. The first half was dominated by sex and drinking and bodily function jokes (and not very good ones). The second half takes a very sudden turn from humor into satire, first with a fairly dead-on parody of JOHN CARTER OF MARS (Dejah Vu and all, National L [...]

    11. melydia says:

      Though it claims to be Volume 1, this is technically a sequel. However, there's a complete summary of Bill the Galactic Hero at the beginning of this book, so it's a fine standalone read.I don't know where the title came from, since there aren't really any robot slaves anywhere. Bill of the ever-changing military rank is stranded with a few others on a planet inhabited by metal creatures, Virginians, Romans, and various characters from Arthurian legend. It is, in a word, silly. Extremely silly. [...]

    12. Mawgojzeta says:

      At 17 I loved this book. At 20-something I liked this book. But now I am 43 and am finding this particular one lacking. I also found, while still enjoying the original Bill-book, I did not like that one as much. I suspect I will find the same issue with those that follow. Bummer. Should have left the fond memories of a younger person intact.

    13. Ginnz says:

      A fun little story. Some clever touches, like Meta's name (I'm linking it to Bill's foot issue) Unfortuantely the whole story goes round and round. It's like a good old Great British farce. You can see where it's going and yet you still hang on in there. Was well worth reading if only for those really clever bits that put a smile on your face.

    14. dirt says:

      Totally tubular. Each chapter has more & more ridiculous plot twists.

    15. Ross says:

      Awesome!!!!

    16. Sarah Sammis says:

      My least favorite Harrison book.

    17. Carnivorous Mower says:

      Not near as good as I remembered. Not sure if I'll persevere with the rest of the Bill series.

    18. Lauren says:

      It was ok but awfully silly.

    19. Dion says:

      Enjoyable drivel.

    20. Al Petrie says:

      A less than perfect beginning to a series of books based on the life of Bill the Galactic hero. Still: Death to Chingers!

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