Slan: Book Review

SlanSlan by A.E. van Vogt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a book I’ve wanted to read for a long time, finally that time arrived over the weekend. One of the real classics of the genre and it did not disappoint this reader at least. Written at a time when war and world domination was uppermost in peoples minds it’s hardly surprising that this book follows those story lines.

We follow the life of a young Slan, (Slan: named after the scientist Samuel Lann in the book), Jommy as he learns about his abilities. Why his kind are hated by humans and why he is even hated by what appear to be his own kind.

This book is full of secret societies, natural hatred and enemies along with a few twists and turns from unexpected quarters. Although written in the early 40’s this book ages well and most of the ideas are still quite believable.

I ploughed through this book, picking it up whenever I had five minutes to spare and thoroughly enjoyed every word. An excellent read in my opinion.

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  1. sounds interesting – thanks for the review Trevor!

    • It is a much better book than my review of it, that’s for sure. I’m still trying to get the hang of this book review thing, I get the feeling I don’t elaborate enough but I don’t want to give anything away either.
      I’ll keep trying though.
      Thanks Bex 😉

  2. One of the great classics I’ve still yet to read…. But I’ve been somewhat put off by van Vogt as of late….

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