Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus (Lucky Starr #3) ★★★☆½

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Title: Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus
Series: Lucky Starr #3
Author: Isaac Asimov
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: 174
Format: Digital Edition



The Science Council has had a call for help from the domed Cities of Venus. They sent in a top operative but they received a letter of recall from the Head of the Science Council on Venus accusing the man of corruption. Lucky knows this man and doesn’t believe a word of it. He heads to Venus but receives a radio communique from said operative warning him away.

Lucky and Bigman barely make it to Venues, as their pilots mysteriously black out and almost crash their craft. Lucky begins his investigation and is shown a whole slew of incidents where rational people have performed very irrational acts and then had no memory of it. The Head of the Local Council is convinced it is a Syrian trick so as to steal the rare Venus yeast formulas.

Lucky thinks otherwise and after some hair raising adventures in the oceans, finds out that telepathic frogs are the culprit! But the mystery doesn’t stop there. It turns out one of the engineers on Venus has learned how to control the v-frogs (venus frogs. Get it? Pretty clever right?) and has been planning to become dictator of Venus.

Thanks to Lucky and Bigman, said Engineer is brought to Justice and the benevolent rule of the Science Council continues apace. Heil Scyenze! * salutes *


My Thoughts:

Maddalena pointed out in the comments of the previous book that this was written for middle graders. So when I went into this, I deliberately kept that in mind and you know what? It worked wonders for my expectations and how I read the book itself. I had a lot more fun this time around. I could see myself as a 5th grader eating this up with a spoon. I wish I had known about these way back then but oh well.

A good rousing adventure tale. It also shows unabashedly, or perhaps unknowingly(?), just how strong a belief in science as a force for good permeated the society of the 50’s. Science was going to solve every problem, only the best of men would be scientists and they would all get along because obviously, once you know something you have to act rationally and logically to that knowledge. Phraaaaack, what a naive outlook. Makes me wonder what Asimov was thinking at the end of his life, as he was a humanist and from what I understand didn’t believe in God or any sort of afterlife.

Anyway, with that aside out of the way, this book gave me some hope that I was sorely lacking from the previous. I am now looking forward to the next couple of volumes instead of dreading them. Ha!



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19 thoughts on “Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus (Lucky Starr #3) ★★★☆½

  1. Manuel Antao says:

    “Melikes” this series too…surprisingly…

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Surprisingly indeed.
      I think if stories like this were shoved into boys’ faces more, at about the 3rd-5th grade, more of them might get hooked on reading for later on in life.
      Of course, that just isn’t going to happen if the parents aren’t readers themselves :-/

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  2. Nicole says:

    Our expectations as we start a book can make a huge difference in our enjoyment! I’m glad you liked this one more than you thought you would.

    I had a hard time moving past “telepathic frogs” in the synopsis, though… 😉

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  3. I honestly never imagined Asimov to write MG books. Quite curious about it all now.

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  4. Huh. Never heard of these books before. They sound… silly.

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  5. Trang says:

    LOL it always helps when you know what to expect and put yourself as a middle-grader 😀 Otherwise it’s going to be a completely different review 😂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Bookwraiths says:

    Most ever Asimov book I’ve ever read is readable at worst and usually very entertaining.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. savageddt says:

    i am keeping your collection of Asimov on ice for the new year.

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