Brain Twister

MarkPhillips Randall Garrett Laurence M. Janifer

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Brain Twister

Brain Twister In nineteen fourteen it was enemy aliens In nineteen thirty it was Wobblies In nineteen fifty seven it was fellow travelers And in nineteen seventy one Kenneth J Malone rolled wearily out of bed

  • Title: Brain Twister
  • Author: MarkPhillips Randall Garrett Laurence M. Janifer
  • ISBN: 9780881848458
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Paperback
  • In nineteen fourteen, it was enemy aliens.In nineteen thirty, it was Wobblies.In nineteen fifty seven, it was fellow travelers.And, in nineteen seventy one, Kenneth J Malone rolled wearily out of bed wondering what the hell it was going to be now.One thing, he told himself, was absolutely certain it was going to be terrible It always was.

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    1. Adam P on said:

      This wasn't a bad book. In fact, there were times when I enjoyed reading it. Most of the time I was reading it, though, I was thinking about how much I wanted to finish it so I could move on to something else. Things that seemed novel for the first ten pages or so got old pretty quickly. Sort of an alright story told fairly well. I don't feel the need to read the sequels.

    2. Jim McGowan on said:

      Funny, quirky, light hearted story. In the near future an FBI agent has to track down a psychic spy with the help of an insane old lady that thinks she is the Queen. IF you liked Dirk Gently, you will probably enjoy this. You can get the free ebook from manybooks

    3. Jessica Buike on said:

      What a fun, quirky detective novel! It had so many wonderful elements and descriptions that I couldn't put it down. From patients in psych wards to perfectly sane detectives, I loved the depth of the characters and the wonderful ride this story takes the reader on.

    4. Ryan on said:

      I read this summary and decided I needed to read this.“Mark Phillips” is, or are, two writers: Randall Garrett and Laurence M. Janifer. Their joint pen-name, derived from their middle names (Philip and Mark), was coined soon after their original meeting, at a science-fiction convention. Both men were drunk at the time, which explains a good deal, and only one has ever sobered up. A matter for constant contention between the collaborators is which one. Originally published as That Sweet Littl [...]

    5. Scott Harris on said:

      This short read is a fun piece of science fiction that features claims of immortality, mind-reading, spies and insanity. It is light and clever. Many of the characters suffer from the stereotypical exaggerations common of the early science fiction pieces - hyper masculine male leads, overly feminized female foils and excessive oversimplification of intelligence and capacity. It is good escapism though.

    6. Arbys Mom on said:

      I wish I'd known about this one before reading the third book in the trilogy first (Supermind). It's fantastic! I'm looking forward to the second book (The Impossibles) once I finish the next "In Death" title by J.D. Robb.

    7. J. Boo on said:

      "There's a spy at work in the Nevada plant, Kenneth. And the spy is a telepath."Mostly humorous, somewhat silly sci-fi mystery from 1962, set in what would have been the cold war of the near future. The Americans have accidentally discovered plans for their new rocket are being snooped telepathically by the Russians -- a major problem, as the only telepath of whom the Americans are aware has died.I'd have given it three stars, but somewhere around the middle of the book a five-star character app [...]

    8. Thom Swennes on said:

      This novella was first published in 1964 and is the first book of a Phi-Power Trilogy. “Mark Phillips” is the pen name for a team effort of Laurence M. Janifer and Randall Garrett. As explained in the foreword, this joint endeavor was born in a state of drunkenness and probably better been aborted. Kenneth J. Malone is a F.B.I. agent in search of a spy. His way of going about it moves from ludicrous and preposterous to the ridiculous. As I read the story I had to constantly remind myself tha [...]

    9. prcardi on said:

      Storyline: 2/5Characters: 1/5Writing Style: 3/5Resonance: 1/5 --Below information added approximately a year after original reading--A simple story that starts with more humor and wit than it ends with. A Cold War mystery with little concern for style and no pretensions to anything grand. Its appeal must have been as another mystery-paranormal cross-over; something done before (and far better) in Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man.

    10. Tom on said:

      Quite funny collaboration between Randall Garrett and L. Janifer, about an FBI agent to has to essentially babysit a senile old lady who thinks she's Queen Elizabeth I and has parapsychological powers.

    11. Sean Brennan on said:

      a little gem of a book, that often very humourous if I a little un politically correct at times in it's terminology, offers quite a good philosophical Question, Would Not by Its Very Nature, The Ability to Read Minds Only Lead to Insanity!

    12. Kate Ressman on said:

      This is an amusing light sci-fi story and highly recommended. You can find it on Gutenberg.

    13. Kate on said:

      A fun, silly story. Unfortunately, the ending is a confused mess, and given the length that means the last third of the story's a wash. Worth reading for the casino scene.

    14. Kevin on said:

      Brain Twister was a bit short but enjoyable. It reminded me a lot of Charles Stross' The Atrocity Archives minus the Lovecraftian influence.

    15. JoAnn on said:

      I enjoyed this one just for the silliness. The action was fun and I was left guessing until the end. Just what the doctor ordered.

    16. Kimbolimbo on said:

      Not that excited about this book. I really had high hopes for this author as he was supposed to be very witty. Well, witty maybe the case but the stories are sort of boring and/or silly.

    17. Kevin Connery on said:

      How can you catch a telepathic spy? This novelette shows one, somewhat quirky possibility.

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