5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic Science Fiction And A Great Read! January 2, 2013
By Jo Robinson
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I haven’t read hard-core science fiction for so many years, that I forgot how much I enjoy it. Having Nice Things is most certainly hard-core science fiction, and I most certainly did enjoy it.
In the distant future The Home Planet Recovery Division (HRD) is attempting to cleanse the world of the globe destroying remnants of a war of genocide, while Earth’s population lives in domed cities. Life is not good on a planet vastly overpopulated, and subjected to all the oppressions and tribulations that go with that.
The vice president of HRD is a man with a vision of a recovered planet, and a passionate love for his woman. His life is turned upside down, and changed in unimaginable ways, as the two of them are catapulted into deadly battle. On Earth also, are alien beings with varying agendas, not all of them transparent. The advent of a religious sect, led by a being who has lost his mind, sets off a chain of reactions that plunges the globe into chaos, war between worlds, and the possibility of annihilation.
Having Nice Things is non-stop action, and a very exciting ride through the tribulations of galactic war. At no point do you know how this book will end. And I’m not going to tell you. The scientific knowledge of the author is obvious, as is his skill at spinning a fine tale. His very dry wit is also worthy of mention. I laughed right out loud several times. I particularly enjoyed the depth of every character in the book, and also the very alien ways of the aliens. I like my aliens to do alien things. I got quite fond of a few of them along the way.
There are several very graphic sex scenes in the book. It will surprise many who know of my usual aversion to anything overly erotic, that these didn’t offend me. They suit the world of this story, and this particular branch of this particular genre. One of my all time favorite writers of sci-fi, Piers Anthony, liberally hands out very blush-inducing romps in his books – not always within the same species either!
With the one reservation, and it’s not actually a proper reservation, of having to say that this is a read for adults only, I heartily recommend this book to all you classic science fiction lovers out there.