(EBOOK/EPUB) The High Crusade

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  • The High Crusade
  • Poul Anderson
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  • 02 August 2020
  • 9781439133774

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The High Crusade characters Ô 107 E The Wersgorix whose scouting ship it is are uite expert at taking over planets and having determined from orbit that this one was suitable they initiate standard world conuering procedure Ah but this time it's no mere primitives the Wersgorix seek to enslave they've launched their invasion against free Englishmen In the end only one alien is left alive and Sir Roger's grand vision is born He intends for the creature to fly. The aliens landed in Medieval times and were ready for an easy conuest of a backward worldtill the knights rushed the ship and got inside and the aliens were defeatedand the ship lifted off in auto pilotThe plot sounds a bit hokey but it made such a good story I think it could have made an ever better one but my imagination took the original and ran with it Fun enjoyable imaginative original nothing like it then and only variations since As I said I like it If it were written today it would probably be the first in a long running series There actually were a couple of follow up stories I think you ll enjoy this one While the plot may at first seem a slight eye roller and Anderson does place his tongue in his cheek a bit here within the story s own logic it works uite well Remember that depending entirely on superior technology doesn t always work just ask the British about the Battle of Isandlwana AmericaFrench about the ultimate outcome in Nam the Russians about AfghanistanGeneral Custer and so on Poor leadership overconfidence lack of back up all can allow local forces to win over technological superiority The Aliens here seem to suffer from all the aboveWith a seriocomic take on the story this novel looks lightly at some serious subjects and tells an enjoyable tale It s a good story I like it The Governess Game: Girl Meets Duke Series, Book 2 it Forbidden Vow Forbidden #3 is are uite expert at taking over planets and having determined from orbit that this one was suitable they Nascent The Stork Tower #1 initiate standard world conuering procedure Ah but this time Ninja Gaiden Worlds of Power it's no mere primitives the Wersgorix seek to enslave they've launched their Christmas in Harmony Harbor Harmony Harbor #9 invasion against free Englishmen In the end only one alien ColorsColores is left alive and Sir Roger's grand vision The Butterfly Groove is born He The Book Thief intends for the creature to fly. The aliens landed The Year Mrs Cooper Got Out More Great Wharf Series Book 1 in Medieval times and were ready for an easy conuest of a backward worldtill the knights rushed the ship and got The Tomb of Napoleon The Hôtel des Invalides inside and the aliens were defeatedand the ship lifted off The Witch in the Cherry Tree in auto pilotThe plot sounds a bit hokey but Dachshund Through the Snow it made such a good story I think Fables, Intégrale Volume 2 : it could have made an ever better one but my Gideon's Sword imagination took the original and ran with Sex Drugs and Tessellation it Fun enjoyable The Meaning and Acuisition of Wealth imaginative original nothing like Serbian For Kids it then and only variations since As I said I like John Carneys Carneycopia it If Fall for Him it were written today Neko it would probably be the first The Games We Play in a long running series There actually were a couple of follow up stories I think you ll enjoy this one While the plot may at first seem a slight eye roller and Anderson does place his tongue His Bidding The Best Medicine #1 in his cheek a bit here within the story s own logic Royal Flush it works uite well Remember that depending entirely on superior technology doesn t always work just ask the British about the Battle of Isandlwana AmericaFrench about the ultimate outcome Royal Flush in Nam the Russians about AfghanistanGeneral Custer and so on Poor leadership overconfidence lack of back up all can allow local forces to win over technological superiority The Aliens here seem to suffer from all the aboveWith a seriocomic take on the story this novel looks lightly at some serious subjects and tells an enjoyable tale It s a good story I like Who's Hu it

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The High Crusade characters Ô 107 One of the Most Beloved Novels of a Grand Master of Science Fiction with Introductions and Appreciations by Major Science Fiction FiguresIn the year of grace 1345 as Sir Roger Baron de Tourneville is gathering an army to join King Edward III in the war against France a most astonishing event occurs a huge silver ship descends through the sky and lands in a pasture beside the little village of Ansby in northeastern Lincolnshir. I had a certain idea about what this book was to be about before I read it I m a fan of Poul Anderson and some of the previous novels were so rich with history and research that I just had to finally read THIS1345 English knights under Edward III encounter first contact with aliensAwesome rightWell imagine my discomfort and disappointment when it was pretty much a gloss over for the actual history bits and we re left with the standard romantic Chivalry crap And the aliens are peaceful IshI readjusted my expectations let the text speak for itself and lo and behold I still had fun Especially when these English knights are LOST IN SPACE and defeating alien strongholds and saving alien princesses It still has all the Chivalry crap but now it s a tongue in cheek Doc E E Smith space opera that feels a lot like FarscapeAs I read these later parts I kept giggling at the thought of a full tv series like this Modernized of course The novel did come out in 1960 So just think a fully culturally accurate update of post Crusades Europe co opting spaceships spoiling for a new Crusade only focused on a much dangerous alien foeIsn t that AWESOME Let s get our historians out for this one Do it RIGHT Report an issue is gathering an army to join King Edward III Beautifully Broken Spirit in the war against France a most astonishing event occurs a huge silver ship descends through the sky and lands Kiss of Flame The Dragons Virgin Tribute #1 idea about what this book was to be about before I read Tyrant it I m a fan of Poul Anderson and some of the previous novels were so rich with history and research that I just had to finally read THIS1345 English knights under Edward III encounter first contact with aliensAwesome rightWell Split Second Thinking; Mastering the Art of Impromptu Speaking imagine my discomfort and disappointment when Taking Shots Assassins #1 it was pretty much a gloss over for the actual history bits and we re left with the standard romantic Chivalry crap And the aliens are peaceful IshI readjusted my expectations let the text speak for Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association itself and lo and behold I still had fun Especially when these English knights are LOST IN SPACE and defeating alien strongholds and saving alien princesses It still has all the Chivalry crap but now Tycoons Tender Touch Second Sisters # 3 in cheek Doc E E Smith space opera that feels a lot like FarscapeAs I read these later parts I kept giggling at the thought of a full tv series like this Modernized of course The novel did come out After We Collided in 1960 So just think a fully culturally accurate update of post Crusades Europe co opting spaceships spoiling for a new Crusade only focused on a much dangerous alien foeIsn t that AWESOME Let s get our historians out for this one Do Cocaine An Unauthorized Biography it RIGHT

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The High Crusade characters Ô 107 The ship first to France to aid his King then on to the Holy Land to vanuish the infidel Unfortunately he has not allowed for the treachery of the alien pilot who instead takes the craft to his home planet where he thinks these upstart barbarians will have no choice but to surrender But that knavish alien little understands the indomitable will and clever resourcefulness of Englishmen no matter how great the odds against them. I ve been making a sincere effort over the last couple of years to play catch up with a number of books that I somehow missed over the years Look let s face it we are mortal beings and there is no way that we will ever be able to read all of the books that we want to read in a lifetime It s a good problem to have when one has an overflowing to read pile but it does make picking the next adventure tough sometimes I have always had an affinity for classic science fiction but there is such an overwhelming amount of material out there produced by wide variety of different authors I ve read a lot don t get me wrong but I have also missed a bunch over the years So I came upon Poul Anderson s The High Crusade recently and thought to finally give it a go Originally published in 1960 it s one of Anderson s most popular books and has been reprinted numerous times since its initial appearance in Astounding magazine The High Crusade was nominated for a Hugo award in 1961 adapted into a role playing game by TSR Gary Gygax s companyyes the same TSR that published Dungeons Dragons in 1983 and spawned a movie version of the story in 1994 Anderson himself didn t think much of the movie and I really don t feel a strong need to seek it outI ended up ordering a BAEN BOOKS hardcover printing on AbeBooks It looks like it might be the original first edition but the front matter doesn t indicate it as so Oddly enough this is a hard little book to find in the used book stores I guess it s one of the Poul Anderson books that people tend to keep in their home libraries The plot itself is very straightforward and simple It is the Year Of Our Lord 1345 in the small English settlement of Ansby Sir Roger the Baron de Tourneville is preparing to march against France in support of his King Edward III His preparations are disturbed however by the uite unexpected arrival of an alien spaceship an emissary of a violent and parasitic race known as the Wersgorix The blue skinned and demonic looking invaders are uickly mistaken to be an apparition of Hell Itself on Earth and the aliens almost pull off their typical trick of frightening and cowing the residents of the planets they wish to conuer and colonize What the Wersgorix failed to account for was of course Sir Roger and his men at arms who uickly decide to attack the blue faces with all of the might of a British military garrison of the time The aliens are uickly slaughtered all but one and the ship secured in King Edward s name The Wersgorixian captive Branithar manages to learn enough Latin to be able to converse with one of Sir Roger s band the monk known as Brother Parvus Parvus also serves as the narrator of the story As the British learn about what they have conuered Sir Roger hatches a plan to use the spaceship to uickly subdue France then use it to fight in the ongoing Crusades in the Holy Land The entire village of Ansby is thus relocated to the alien vessel whereby Branithar tricks the unfortunate English and sends them on a one way journey to an outlying Wersgor colony the planet Tharixan It is there where Sir Roger must hatch his most ambitious and outrageous plans yet praise be to God and the banner of England From there the book is a rollicking and gently humorous ride as the Baron de Tournville and his gallant men and townsfolk work to defeat not only the Wersgorixian Empire but to spread English influence to the starsThis is a short book at 181 pages almost of a novella than a true novel I had been somewhat under the impression that this book was something along the lines of Monty Python and the Holy Grail In Space and there might be a bit of that going on here but to think of it that way does the story a small disservice There is humor to be found here yes but The High Crusade works on a lot of different levels and I want to give it its fair due in this review In truth there is a LOT going on in the undercurrents of the plot It works as a tale of science fiction laced with broad fantasy elements but there are also threads of honor won and lost of brave deeds and foul doubt and deceit to be found in these pages Anderson paints his characters with a broad brush as you might expect in a book of this short length but no one seems out of place nor acts in any way that we would not expect them to The author was smart to give us a believable alien cast and the whole thing just unfolds as a fun and energetic story that reads fast and never loses sight of its core ambitions Ah to be Sir Roger with an unheralded opportunity to capture a universe in the name of God and CrownPax Britannica to the Stars Ultimately a book of this sort succeeds or fails based on its sheer entertainment value and I will admit that I was pretty entertained by The High Crusade It s a well deserved and time honored science fiction classic authored by a SFWA Grand Master and I think you d do well to add this to your shelf I really don t know why I waited so long to unearth it but I m really glad that I did I ll leave you with a few of the lines of the text that made me smile so you can get a better idea of what you might be getting into At the moment all was triumph Red splashed panting in scorched and dinted armor Sir Roger de Tourneville rode a weary horse back to the main fortress After him came the lancers archers yeomen ragged battered shoulders slumped with exhaustion But the Te Deum was on their lips rising beneath the strange constellations that twinkled forth and their banners flew bravely against the sky It was wonderful to be an Englishman I didn t think much o those shells we had Red John went on Why the things didn t weigh no n five pounds We d trouble rigging the trebuchet to cast em only those few miles And what could they do I wondered but burst with a pop I ve seen trebuchets used proper laying siege to French cities We d throw boulders of a ton or two or sometimes dead horses over the walls But well orders was orders So I m self cocked the little shell like I d been told how to and we let fly Whoom The world blew up like I had to admit this was even better to throw nor a dead horse Sir Roger grinned all over his face Twas easy to do he said when his captains praised him I needed but to inuire the way in which things are done hereabouts which was never secret Then the star folk tumbled into snares which would not have fooled a half witted prince of Germans But how could that be sire asked Sir Owain They re older and stronger and wiser than we The first two granted nodded the baron His humor was so good that he addressed even this knight with frank fellowship But the third no Where it comes to intrigue I m no master of it myself no Italian But the star folk are like children