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The Dark Design (Riverworld Book 3)

The Dark Design (Riverworld Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Philip Jose Farmer
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Genghis Khan, Alice, Sir Richard Burton, Mark Twain, Peter Frigate, and millions of others mysteriously resurrected on the planet Riverworld wander along the planet's twisting river in search of the master beings who brought them all back to life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 696 KB
  • Print Length: 460 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 076532654X
  • Publisher: Gateway (12 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BJUHZ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #116,387 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Down We Go 2 Jun 1999
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Call me silly, but I think that the level of the story drops steadily from book one through this one. Now, after the Riverboat is built, dirigibles come into the picture (now why didn;t I think of that!?). Okay, Sam Clemens and his cohorts are hot on the heels of King John the dastardly. Are they going to get him? The enterprising dirigible pilot Jill Gulbirra (of the Clemens lot) finally reaches the mysterious tower at the center of the polar sea. I won;t spoil it for you by giving it away. Let me just tell you that it is ..ahem.. less than revealing. But the absolutely worst sin of this book are the endless parentheses dedicated to Peter Frigate's dreams and reminiscences which say absolutely nothing. At the start of the book, Farmer points out the autobiographical genesis of Frigate's character but he still is (at least so far) a very minor character that simply does not justify the soporific dream sequences.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Continuing the story 14 Aug 2014
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You feel you're going to get some really revelatory answers but they're just not that amazing. I still enjoyed this book, and continued to buy the next in the series but I was starting to tire. I feel you have to approach these books in the context of the world/time they were written. Today we are bombarded with ideas and TV programmes/films. Perhaps we expect more as a result. This is good but maybe not so cutting edge?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant reading 11 May 2014
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Bought this for a birthday present for a relative who is reading the series - loves it. Item arrived very quickly. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars read it on paper 21 July 2013
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read this years ago in book form then I saw it on Amazon and decided to reread it on my kindle. good as it was 1st time. I would recommend it to all.
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3.0 out of 5 stars So Dark I Doubt It Owns a Plan 21 May 2012
Philip José Farmer originally intended his "Riverworld" series to be a trilogy, but if it had been published as such it would have been a very unbalanced one, with the third volume more than twice as long as the other two put together. Farmer therefore divided his final instalment into two to form the books we now know as "The Dark Design" and "The Magic Labyrinth", and eventually decided to add a fifth volume, "The Gods of Riverworld", to form a pentalogy.

I won't set out the basic concept behind the Riverworld books; anyone reading a review of the third volume in the series is probably familiar with it already. Whereas the two previous volumes concentrated upon a single protagonist, Sir Richard Francis Burton in "To Your Scattered Bodies Go" and Sam Clemens alias Mark Twain in "The Fabulous Riverboat", "The Dark Design" weaves together three plotlines. One involves Farmer's alter ego Peter Jairus Frigate and his adventures on the river with the writer Jack London and the silent film star Tom Mix, both of whom are for some reason travelling under false identities.

The other two plotlines involve attempts by separate parties to reach the headwaters of the river near Riverworld's North Pole; they believe that it is there, and particularly inside a mysterious tower, that they may find the solution to the riddle of why Riverworld has been created. (It appears that those responsible are a group known as the "Ethicals", but exactly who these people are, and what their motives are, remains obscure both to the inhabitants of Riverworld and to the reader).
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