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Also published as Let the Spacemen Beware!The men on the spaceship Quetzal had a mission to perform, but everything indicated it would be a simple matter to set up a refueling station on the planet Gwydion. Advance explorations had already determined that the inhabitants of Gwydion were few in number and thouroughly amiable in their ways. In fact, such concepts as anger, tAlso published as Let the Spacemen Beware!The men on the spaceship Quetzal had a mission to perform, but everything indicated it would be a simple matter to set up a refueling station on the planet Gwydion. Advance explorations had already determined that the inhabitants of Gwydion were few in number and thouroughly amiable in their ways. In fact, such concepts as anger, thievery, murder and warfare did not exist for them. All that remained for the Quetzal was to find a suitable site and cement friendly relations.But with the change of season and the bursting of the countryside into blossom, strange things began to happen. There was talk of a mysterious cycle and a day of danger. What was the secret the Gwydionites themselves dared not mention? How would it affect their spacemen visitors?...

Title : The Night Face
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ISBN : 9780441574513
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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The Night Face Reviews

  • James
    2019-03-08 23:50

    I really wanted to like this book but somehow it just seemed a little lightweight. I wouldn't say this is a good representation of Mr. Anderson's work. The concept is pretty good. The planet Gwyndion is being visited by members of the fallen Empire. It has been isolated for generations. In the meantime, a mythology greatly resembling Celtic mythology has come to dominate the planet. I think the main problem is the three main characters are not fully fleshed out. However, this is certainly not uncommon for a sci fi novel. The novel spends much time dealing with the relationship between two of the visitors to the planet. One comes from a democracy and another from a war like planet. As you would expect, there is a beautiful woman involved too. Anyway, the planet seems like paradise except for one season out of the year when the inhabitants change with the season. This is all explained and seems reasonable. This is not a bad novel it just seems that a little more effort a talent like Anderson could have made it much better and longer.

  • Opalears
    2019-02-26 23:42

    I had heard many good things about Poul Anderson and decided to try one of his books. I was utterly disappointed. The writing was mediocre at best and the plot was almost nonexistent. The only thing I enjoyed, and the reason why I bought the book in the first place, was the beautiful cover by Michael Whelan. The Night Face doesn't deserve you Michael Whelan.

  • Robert
    2019-03-01 03:43

    This was an interesting read. It is a cautionary tale of how one must be careful when interacting with another culture and its customs. The writer does a great job building up the story, though the characters were a bit one-dimensional.

  • Jim
    2019-02-23 04:07

    Another paperback from the box of books left by my late father. He had quite a collection of SF pb's from the 60s and 70s, and this one was published in 1978. By Poul Anderson ( 1926-2001 ), this one was originally titled "Let the Spacemen Beware," a title I actually like better. It's a typical story in many ways by Anderson, who was one of my favorite SF writers in the 60s and 70s ( and a reason I give it **** ). But this is one I missed. It fits into his future history series, occurring after the fall of the Terran Empire. Here we have space explorers recontacting a human colony that became totally isolated from the rest of humanity. The planet Gwydion appears to be a peaceful world where there is no war or murder or theft. But our hero, the aristocratic Raven ( from a planetary colony based on the Scottish Highlands ), has his suspicions that all is not what it seems....if you know Poul Anderson from many of his books, you know he does not believe in Utopias.

  • John Loyd
    2019-03-17 21:41

    The Night Face (1963) 136 pages by Poul Anderson.The afterword started saying things about three different cultures and mythology and other stuff. That was all there, but it's sort of a mystery story, in the fact he puts clues all around, and then at the end we find out. This mystery required extrapolation, so the reader could think one thing, but there was no way to be sure. So you have two ways to enjoy the story, the interaction between the three main characters and their cultures, and this mystery of the third culture.It was OK, pretty fast read, and better than the pictureon the front cover might lead you to believe.

  • Lordquicksilver
    2019-03-20 04:50

    The most Dickian book from P.A.As I say in the subject, this book reminds me so much of PKD style. Maybe that's because it has very little sf in it, it involves a distant planet, Gwydion, whose inhabitants evolved on their own during 1200 years just to be re-discovered by the surivors of Terran Empire downfall, at the dawn (oops dusk!) of the Long Night. I won't add anything more 'cause by doing so I would really spoil the book main mystery. Anyway, the main characters are very vivids, I loved them all, and the story is quite intriguing, so I definitely suggest you to read this book and enjoy it as I did!

  • Helen
    2019-03-03 21:57

    I read "The Night Face" only. Very interesting story though I had all but guessed the reveal by the time it came around. Liked the tie-in with certain ancient Greek myths. Started one of the other stories but haven't really gotten into it.

  • Wit Serdakovskiy
    2019-03-01 03:48

    Читалось легко. Сюжет держал, хотя и не железной хваткой. Немного разочаровала (относительная) примитивность развязки.Продолжать изучение этой "вселенной" не собираюсь, потому и от рекомендаций воздержусь. Но для знакомства с творчеством автора текст вполне может подойти.

  • Tharindra Kaluthotaarachchi
    2019-03-02 00:37

    I have only read a couple of books by Poul Anderson yet and this book is by far the best. The setting is believable, and he manages to keep the plot interesting right until the end( although it's predictable).

  • John
    2019-03-21 03:46

    1978 grade C+aka Night FaceACE double novel F209

  • Paul
    2019-03-20 02:54

    My first Anderson -- a completely enjoyable novelette. I look forward to reading meatier stuff by this author.

  • Charles
    2019-03-14 04:51

    I personally thought this was on of the weaker of Poul Anderson's books. It was still OK, but he wrote many other better ones.

  • Peter
    2019-03-12 04:52

    An okay book, but not the best of Anderson's future series.

  • John
    2019-03-20 06:05

    Grade C+.

  • Cameron
    2019-03-05 03:02

    well written but incredibly obvious plotting.

  • Gerald Kinro
    2019-03-06 03:04

    I liked the theme of human adaptation, about how environment affects a people's culture and how they survive.