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A World by the Tale   By: (1927-1987)

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A World by the Tale, authored by Randall Garrett, is an enthralling novel that effortlessly combines elements of science fiction, mystery, and adventure. Set in a futuristic world, the story takes readers on a captivating journey through time and space, blending advanced technology with the intrigue of a classic murder mystery.

The narrative immediately hooks readers with its intricate plot, centering around the enigmatic murder of a renowned author. As the investigation unfolds, the protagonist, a clever detective named Lord Darcy, embarks on a quest to uncover the truth behind the crime using both his deductive reasoning and the help of his loyal sidekick, Master Sean O Lochlainn. The duo's brilliantly crafted dynamics are reminiscent of iconic literary partnerships, adding depth and charm to the narrative.

Garrett exhibits profound storytelling prowess in his world-building, effortlessly transporting readers to a society where magic and science coexist harmoniously. The fusion of these two elements adds an extra layer of intrigue, allowing for a unique spin on the traditional detective novel. This seamless blend of genres is one of the novel's greatest strengths, captivating readers with its complexity and unpredictability.

Furthermore, the author showcases an impressive attention to detail, both in terms of character development and the intricate workings of the intricate murder mystery. Each character feels impeccably fleshed out, with distinct personalities and flaws that contribute to the multifaceted nature of the plot. The intricate web of clues and red herrings unraveled throughout the story keeps readers guessing until the final reveal, making for a truly satisfying reading experience.

One aspect that might prove slightly challenging for some readers is the novel's propensity for dense world-building and technical jargon. While it enriches the narrative and adds depth to the intricate plot, casual readers might find themselves occasionally struggling to keep up with the story's more technical aspects. However, for those who enjoy being fully immersed in a detailed and elaborate setting, A World by the Tale delivers in spades.

In conclusion, A World by the Tale is a captivating novel that expertly combines elements of science fiction, mystery, and adventure. Garrett's skillful writing transports readers to an intricately crafted world where magic, science, and crime intertwine. With its engaging characters, clever plot twists, and richly developed setting, this book is a must-read for fans of the genre and those who appreciate masterful storytelling. A World by the Tale is a testament to Garrett's literary genius and will leave readers eagerly seeking out his other works.

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Transcriber's Note:

This etext was produced from Analog Science Fact & Fiction October 1963. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.


This is about the best hated author on Earth. Who was necessarily pampered and petted because of his crime against humanity....



Exactly three minutes after the Galactic left the New York apartment of Professor John Hamish McLeod, Ph.D., Sc.D., a squad of U.B.I. men pushed their way into it.


McLeod heard the door chime, opened the door, and had to back up as eight men crowded in. The one in the lead flashed a fancily engraved ID card and said: "Union Bureau of Investigation. You're Professor Mac Lee Odd." It was a statement, not a question.

"No," McLeod said flatly, "I am not. I never heard of such a name." He waited while the U.B.I. man blinked once, then added: "If you are looking for Professor MuhCloud, I'm he." It always irritated him when people mispronounced his name, and in this case there was no excuse for it.

"All right, Professor McLeod," said the U... Continue reading book >>

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