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by Keith Laumer

eBook The Shape Changer ePub
Author: Keith Laumer
Language: English
ISBN: 0441760880
ISBN13: 978-0441760886
Publisher: Ace (September 1, 1981)
Category: Science Fiction
Subcategory: Fantasy
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 972
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Keith Laumer (1925-1993) John Keith Laumer was an American science fiction author born in Syracuse, New York. Prior to his career as a writer, Laumer was an officer in the United States Air Force

Keith Laumer (1925-1993) John Keith Laumer was an American science fiction author born in Syracuse, New York. Prior to his career as a writer, Laumer was an officer in the United States Air Force. After war service, he spent a year at the University of Stockholm, and then took two bachelor's degrees in science and architecture at the University of Illinois. His first story, Greylorn, was published in 1959, but he returned to the Air Force the following year, only becoming a full-time writer in 1965

Book in the Lafayette O'Leary Series). Lafayette Strikes Back. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 10 years ago. The Shape Changer (1972) is the third humor SF novel in the Lafayette O'Leary series, following The World Shuffler

Book in the Lafayette O'Leary Series). The Shape Changer (1972) is the third humor SF novel in the Lafayette O'Leary series, following The World Shuffler. In the previous volume, Lafayette O'Leary was caught in Melange without his psychic energies. He couldn't summon a gnat with the suppressor focused on him.

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John Keith Laumer (June 9, 1925 – January 23, 1993) was an American science fiction author. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he was an officer in the United States Air Force and a diplomat in the United States Foreign Service. His older brother March Laumer was also a writer, known for his adult reinterpretations of the Land of Oz (also mentioned in Laumer's The Other Side of Time). Frank Laumer, their youngest brother, is a historian and writer.

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The Shape Changer (1972) is the third humor SF novel in the Lafayette O'Leary series, following The World Shuffler. In the previous volume, Lafayette O'Leary was caught in Melange without his psychic energies. He couldn't summon a gnat with the suppressor focused on him. But then he solved the riddle and regained his powers. Eventually, he returned to home and Daphane.

In this novel, Lafayette receives a note from some unknown source and goes out after midnight to a meeting at the Ax and Dragon. As he suspected, the note has come from the Red Bull, who has found a cave full of advanced devices. Red Bull brings along something called a Focal Referent Mark III to convince Lafayette to help sell the trinkets.

As usual, Lafayette tells Red Bull to be careful with the device, but goes ahead and pushes a button himself. Everything gets a little blurry and wavery, then snaps back to normal. Lafe takes the device and goes toward the palace.

On the way, he runs into some musketeers patrolling the alleys and orders them to accompany him to the palace. Yet they back him against a wall and frisk him, finding several valuable items in his pockets. Then Lafayette notices that he is not in his own body.

A group of Wayfarers ambushes the cops and frees Lafe, whom they call Zorro. He tries to talk them into going to the palace, but they dump him into a wagon and take him back to their camp. There he finds that Zorro is engaged to Gizelle and that she is feeling amorous. Lafe pleads that he is already married and then the real trouble begins.

Lafayette manages to elude the Wayfarers, but falls off a cliff. When he regains consciousness, he finds himself in the care of a kindly man named Lom. Offering Lafayette a grand breakfast, Lom tries to get a few answers from him. As usual, our hero is too busy talking to give straight answers.

In this story, Lafayette pops into and out of several bodies. One has wings and has a girlfriend. After Lafe kisses her, the marriage is announced and her father comes to congratulate him. After some fast talking, Lafe manages to put off the marriage for a while.

Along the way, Lafayette talks to Central about his problems, but gets little assistance. Then Nicodaeus calls to explain the situation. He also describes the main suspect in the case.

Eventually, Lafayette discovers that a usurper has captured Princess Adrienne and Count Alain. The usurper is now acting king. Since the man is wearing Lafayette's body and Lafe is back in Zorro's body, the circumstances are slightly delicate.

This tale has fast talking -- but hard of hearing -- Lafayette flying from one risky situation to another. He has 20/20 hindsight, but never thinks of the right actions ahead of time. Besides, he is still certain that everything can be cleared up if he can only talk to the person in charge.

Once again, Lafayette O'Leary is caught in strange circumstances and finds himself virtually helpless against his fate. Naturally, he still has a mean kick and a good strong uppercut and runs like crazy, but he is getting too old for all these reckless exploits. Enjoy!

Highly recommended for Laumer fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of crazy adventures, endless rationalization, and a touch of romance.

-Arthur W. Jordin
Kirizius
Keith Laumer has done some wonderful and imaginative books over the years, particularly his Retief series. The premise here is interesting, but the situations are ridiculous, repetitive, and boring. When O'Leary changes shape, there's a girlfriend for his new body, a jealous boyfriend, and a father ready to start the wedding. He changes shape again, and there's a new girlfriend, jealous boyfriend, father, etc. The writing for both situations is nearly identical. One of his temporary bodies belongs with a band of gypsies, and reading pages of dialog written in a cheesy French accent is guaranteed to give you a headache. O'Leary is supposed to be smart, but he does something stupid to get out of trouble, and when it doesn't work, keeps doing the same stupid thing over and over again. It goes past being merely annoying and becomes obnoxious. This book is badly written, hard to finish, and has no redeeming features. Avoid.
thrust
I'm a huge Keith Laumer fan, but this series has gone from "so-so" to "boooorrrring". The hero is definitely not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but that's balanced by the fact that most of the other characters are even dumber. I think the author has definitely run out of material for this series. I actually made it through to the ending (dogged determination) which is the high point of the book -- if you can get there.
Vertokini
Back when parallel worlds were a new idea, Laumer had several series that explored the concept of inter-dimensional travel. This one is spun more in line with sword and swashbuckling, than hard science. How is this NOT a movie?
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