Posted: March 12, 2017 in Book Reviews

Tuf Voyaging by George R R Martin

440 pages

Tuf voyaging is divided into approximately 8 chapters. Each chapter however can be read as a stand alone short story by itself.

The story is about a guy named Havilund Tuf who has this ecological seed ship which was originally designed for ecological warfare across the galaxy. It’s an ancient ship, about 1,000 years old and he manages to get his hands on it and become the sole ecological engineer in the galaxy.

He comes across this planet called Sulthan. Sulthan has this problem in that its people are obsessed with sex. All they care about is making babies. It’s a part of their religion, making babies, and more babies, and more babies and they just won’t stop. They are running out of food. They cannot seem to grow enough food fast enough. Haviland Tuf comes along and he has proposed all kinds of solutions to their problem. Finally he has had enough and he cannot stand how these people are. He is saying just stop having so much sex all the time, stop making babies. That however would be sacrilege to these people. So it follows Havilund Tuf and his proposed solutions but it also goes beyond that.

He goes to other planets in each segment of the book.  But everywhere he goes he is met with distrust, fear and hostility. Everyone wants to take his ship and take control of him. All this time he is presenting himself as just a humble ecological engineer, who only cares about helping people and collecting his fees which he sees as reasonable. He does not understand why he is met with mistrust everywhere

His sole companions are his cats. Cats he says are psychic and have powers to sense others emotions and thoughts. Tuf’s relationship with his cats, for me at least is a funny part of the book. It makes him a humorous and unique character. Kind of like  the crazy cat lady but he is a crazy cat man instead. They serve as comfort and companionship.

Ultimately the question is this. Is Havilund Tuf who he really claims to be? This ship of his has given him godlike powers. Is he really the humble guy he is or is he just an expert and manipulating those he deals with? That my friends you will have to decide for yourself when you read it.

I really enjoyed it, I think it was a really fun novel to read. I love how it broke it down into short stories which by itself it could be standalone but still nicely ties into a greater whole story. Which I thought was done really well. But overall a really good book and I really enjoyed it. I would give this a 8/10 book worms.

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