The Soul Eater

The Soul Eater

by Mike Resnick

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From the Hugo and Nebula Winning Author

Some call it the Dreamwish Beast. Others call it the?Starduster. Some don't believe it exists at all. Others worship?it. A handful will pay any price to kill it and display its?remains.?                 
But it remains for one man, Nicobar Lane, the most?accomplished hunter of the galactic era, to find out what it?really is, to match wits and will power and skills against?something that is both too alien and too familiar.
Now that he knows the Dreamwish Beast exists, Lane becomes obsessed with killing it, much as Ahab was obsessed with killing the white whale...but the whale was an unthinking beast, while this one can establish contact with Lane long enough to ask what it has done to make Lane want to kill it. Join this Ahab as he reluctantly pursues the secrets buried inside him. Join this interstellar Moby Dick as he tempts and tortures his pursuer.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940159168276
Publisher: WordFire Press
Publication date: 03/12/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 492 KB

About the Author

Mike Resnick is, according to Locus, the all-time leading award winner for short science fiction. He is the winner of 5 Hugos (from a record 37 nominations), plus other major awards in the USA, France, Poland, Catalonia, Croatia, Spain, and Japan. Mike is the author of 76 novels, close to 300 short stories, and three screenplays. He has edited 42 anthologies, and is currently the editor of both Galaxy’s Edge magazine and Stellar Guild books. He was the Worldcon Guest of Honor in 2012.

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The Soul Eater 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
aarondesk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What happens when a hunter becomes obsessed, even addicted to his prey? Nothing ground-breaking here. A short little read that plays out as a psychological space opera.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im the kishin ashira if hes not taken
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Welcome everyone (even 1MQ) to the SoulEater Army! Ever since the gold army fell, I knew that that it needed to be replaced by an equally strong army. So here it is! Females and male are strongly advised to join!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello everyone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*he looks around*
Darkloom More than 1 year ago
More and more, the shelves in bookstores designated science fiction are being stocked with fantasy books. It's becoming difficult to find many science fiction works. Readers like me have built up a collection over the years and perhaps have not yet read everything in their collection. Or in visiting used book stores, we find older works we haven't seen before or have meant to read and just haven't gotten around to it.

Soul Eater has been in my collection for a while. I can't really say how long. While in school, most of my reading was for research, etc., and I'd gotten way behind in my pleasure reading. Given the quality of this story, that's not a bad thing. When I finally got around to reading it, I found that Resnick had created characters and a situation that are still believable, a more or less "real" science fiction story that is powerful in its telling.

Far in the future, when space travel is an every day event, and Earth is fast becoming a memory, Nicobar Lane, a hunter of all species of creatures, has encountered a very rare creature during one of his trips. It is so unlike anything within his experience that at first he isn't certain that he actually saw it. Even his ship's instruments hardly registered it. But when he sees it again, he seeks out others who might have seen the same thing. Being a hunter, one of his first thoughts is to kill it -- its uniqueness should bring him a good amount of money. But the task proves more difficult than even he could imagine.

Lane becomes so obsessed with killing the creature that he forgets about making money, even about living. He becomes a rogue with only one goal in mind. There must be someone, somewhere who knows how to kill the creature he has come to call the Soul Eater, but which is known by many other names. He must seek out the one person who knows how to build the weapon, then search for the creature one last time. But in the end, who will die and who will live? And at what cost?

SF readers who might have missed this one when it was released in 1981 should think about finding a copy. It's a great read in spite of its small size. If you do, be prepared for an ending that might surprise you, and yet be uncomfortably satisfying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago