“Leiningen Versus the Ants” is a gripping tale of Man versus Nature. As a virtual plague of voracious, thinking creatures marches toward the expansive coffee. Leiningen Versus the Ants has ratings and 26 reviews. Gbolahan said: Read this some 25 years ago. Can’t remember where (a collection of short stories. Leiningen Versus the Ants, a Short Story by Carl Stephenson.

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And now cries of fury, a thudding of spades, and a wild trampling to and fro, showed that the ants had made full use of the interval, though luckily only a few had managed to get across.

There was therefore time enough to prepare the second line of defence against the advent of the ants. Then he lay down in his hammock and puffed drowsily away at his pipe until a peon came with the report that the ants had been observed far away in the South.

Moreover, during his three years as a planter, Leiningen had met and defeated drought, Hood, plague and all ghe “acts of God” which had come against him-unlike his fellow-settlers in the district, who had made little or no resistance.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This unbroken success he attributed solely to the observance of his lifelong motto: While the besieged were concentrating upon the defence of the stretch opposite the wood, the seemingly unaffected line beyond the wood had become the theatre of decisive action.


May 06, Jennifer rated it liked it.

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Then he was at the weir and gripping the ant-hulled wheel. But we’ll smash the beggars yet, don’t you worry. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

It’s a good story all the same, though.

Leiningen had been wrong when he supposed the enemy would first have to fill the ditch with their bodies before they could cross; instead, they merely needed to act as steppingstones, as they swam and sank, to the hordes ever pressing onwards from behind. First he fhe vanquished primal forces by cunning and organization, then he had enlisted the resources of modern science to increase miraculously the yield of his plantation.

The beleaguered garrison had no opportunity to watch Leiningen’s race against death. But the reported enemy was by no means unfamiliar to the planter.

Return to Book Page. With me, the brain isn’t a second blindgut; I know what it’s there for. Read this some 25 years ago. Near Leiningen a few mounted herdsmen awaited his orders.

Leiningen posted sentries with headlights and electric torches, then withdrew to his office, and began to reckon up his losses.

Leiningen Versus the Ants

Leiningen accompanied him down to the river, where the Government launch was moored. The petrol was now covered with ants. He would send these vermin back to the hell where they belonged, somehow, anyhow. If the blighters decided to rush the ditch, fill it to the brim with their corpses, there’d still be more than enough to destroy every trace of that cranium of his. Occhi Aperti rated it liked it Sep 14, The biggest danger now, he decided, was the point where the western section of the ditch curved southwards.


I use my intelligence, old man.

The planter’s chin jutted; they hadn’t got him yet, and he’d see to it they never would. Then all you have to do is wait here all snug and quiet till I’m back. In “Candy and the Ants”, John Candy is faced with a swarm of voracious “navy ants”, which he finally repels by importing anteaters. Was there nothing on earth could sweep this devil’s spawn back into the hell from which it came?

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

But instead versux eating the leaves there and then, they were merely gnawing through the stalks, so that a thick green shower fell steadily to the ground. Impelled by the mighty cascade behind them, they struggled nearer and nearer to the inner bank. In half an hour, perhaps even earlier, the plantation and its hostile army of occupation would be flooded. The women and children, then the herds of cattle, were escorted by peons on rafts over the river, to remain on leininggen other side in absolute safety until the plunderers had departed.

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