Monday, December 21, 2009

The Dancing Girl Of Ganymede - Leigh Brackett


Number of words : 11000
Percent of complex words : 5.7
Average syllables per word : 1.4
Average words per sentence : 11.2


Fog : 6.7
Flesch : 78.6
Flesch-Kincaid : 5.1



"He shouldered his way toward the square where the Street of the Gamblers joins the Street of Maidens and the Street of Thieves."

Quarter of the Sellers of Dreams

"Poetic name for a maze of filthy rat-runs stinking with the breath of nameless substances."


Tony Harrah

A man on Ganymede looking to bet.


A Wanderer and dancer.

Tok the aboriginal

Harrah's servant.


Marith's brother.


Inner Worlds

Solar System bodies closest to Earth.



"a sort of interplanetary gypsy, one of the vast worldless tribe of space who travel from planet to planet but are citizens of none. Their blood is a mixture of every race in the System capable of cross-breeding and they are outcaste below the lowest." They are also limited telepaths and androids.


Harrah finds Marith dancing, and when she gets into trouble moves to help. Men are after her, and the others like her, the androids. They are trained to hunt them down and take out Harrah. Her brothers find her, and Harrah discovers the truth about who they are. Escaped laborers who want to be free. The local Ganymede aboriginals also fear them, leading to a fiery confrontation.

""Do you love me, Marith? Do you love me still after what I've done?"

She answered, "You have set me free."

3.5 out of 5

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