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The House Between The Worlds [Mass Market Paperback]

Marion Zimmer Bradley


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Book Description

1 Aug 1981
Cameron Fenton participates in a parapsychology study, using an experimental drug. Instead of increasing his ESP, it causes him to leave his his body and enter other worlds. But are they real, or do they exist only in his mind? And if they are real, will he ever be able to get anyone in his world to believe him?
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 313 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Ballantine (1 Aug 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345288300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345288301
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,069,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Marion Zimmer was born in Albany, NY, on June 3, 1930, and married Robert Alden Bradley in 1949. Mrs. Bradley received her B.A. in 1964 from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, then did graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1965-67.

She was a science fiction/fantasy fan from her middle teens, but wrote only for school magazines and fanzines until 1952, when she sold her first professional short story to VORTEX SCIENCE FICTION. She wrote everything from science fiction to Gothics, but is probably best known for her Darkover novels.

In addition to her novels, Mrs. Bradley edited many magazines, amateur and professional, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine, which she started in 1988. She also edited an annual anthology called SWORD AND SORCERESS for DAW Books.

Over the years she turned more to fantasy; THE HOUSE BETWEEN THE WORLDS was "fantasy undiluted." She wrote a best-selling novel of the women in the Arthurian legends--Morgan Le Fay, the Lady of the Lake, and others--entitled MISTS OF AVALON, and she also wrote THE FIREBRAND, a novel about the women of the Trojan War. Her historical fantasy novels, THE FOREST HOUSE and LADY OF AVALON are prequels to MISTS OF AVALON.

She died in Berkeley, California on September 25, 1999, four days after suffering a major heart attack. She was survived by her brother, Leslie Zimmer; her sons, David Bradley and Mark Greyland; her daughter, Moira Greyland; and her grandchildren.

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About the Author

Marion Zimmer was born in Albany, NY, on June 3, 1930, and married Robert Alden Bradley in 1949. Mrs. Bradley received her B.A. in 1964 from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, then did graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1965-67. She was a science fiction/fantasy fan from her middle teens, and made her first sale as an adjunct to an amateur fiction contest in 1949. She had written as long as she could remember, but wrote only for school magazines and fanzines until 1952, when she sold her first professional short story to Vortex Science Fiction. She wrote everything from science fiction to Gothics, but is probably best known for her Darkover novels. In addition to her novels, Mrs. Bradley edited many magazines, amateur and professional, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine, which she started in 1988. She also edited an annual anthology called SWORD AND SORCERESS for DAW Books. Over the years she turned more to fantasy. She wrote a novel of the women in the Arthurian legends—Morgan Le Fay, the Lady of the Lake, and others—entitled MISTS OF AVALON, which made the NY Times best seller list both in hardcover and trade paperback, and she also wrote THE FIREBRAND, a novel about the women of the Trojan War. She died in Berkeley, California on September 25, 1999, four days after suffering a major heart attack. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful blend of fantasy and reality 11 Oct 2000
By Dawn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
An imaginitive story, this tale questions reality as we know it. As Fenton uses an experimental drug for a psychology study, he finds himself leaving his body to enter another world. But is it real, or is this drug causing him to lose his mind? Detailed arguments about the nature of reality are expressed in this book. The author has certainly done her research in the field of parapsychology, and combines this modern study with her extensive knowledge of celtic mythology. The plot is captivating and the details are rich, but characters can sometimes be shallow and predictable. Overall, a worthy read for any fantasy lover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorites 29 Jan 2012
By WS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the kind of hauntingly beautiful story that stays with you, years after you read it. Urban fantasy of the classic kind -- human finds himself suddenly dealing with elves. If you haven't read it, you need to! When it comes to urban fantasy, only the Bedlam's Bard and SERRAted Edge series are in the same class.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A creative combining of 'worlds' 26 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the first Marion Zimmer Bradley book that I read. I was fascinated with the way she blended the different 'worlds'. It is a very well written book and kept me captivated to the end. I am not a fantasy game player but even though this was part of the story, it didn't put me off. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and went on to read The Mist of Avalon series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good book between worlds 18 April 2012
By jfi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was enjoyable, though slightly dated. Her Darkover series were the pinnacle but this was still nice to read.
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it then, I love it now 5 Sep 2013
By Todd V. Leone - Published on Amazon.com
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***SOME MINOR SPOILERS APPEAR BELOW***

My first encounter with Marion Zimmer Bradley as an author was a long time ago when _The Mists of Avalon_ was highly recommended to me. It was a fairly new book then. I read it and liked it and started to look for other works by the author and found at a local bookstore _The House Between the Worlds_ (, originally published in 1980, and it is not part of any series). I loved it 20-odd years back and knew I would one day re-read it, but, at some point, the paperback book disappeared. So I was delighted, very recently, to find it was available as an eBook for Kindle use and immediately bought an electronic copy.

The story is very intriguing and I find it well-written. Ms. Bradley knows how to put a sentence together and is the kind of writer I appreciate. Reading one sentence compels me to read the next one and I am thoroughly entertained, not just by the story, but also by the way the story is told.

Here, the story begins on a fictional version of the University of California campus in Berkeley at the fictional Department of Parapsychology, which department does not exist at Cal in real life. But part of this book's charm, for me, was the use of real locations (when the story is taking place here in our realm of existence) with necessary changes to serve the story being told. The story takes place in parallel realms of existence, too, where things are very different. One Cam Fenton, a graduate student, is a test subject for a drug which may enhance extrasensory perception - that study is to determine whether it does. Cam finds out, however, that the drug does something different, and has an out-of-body experience where he moves into a parallel realm of existence where things are, by comparison, magical, though not necessarily wonderful all the time. His astral self, spirit or soul has traveled there, though - his body is back in the lab, apparently asleep, and that has its drawbacks. There is only so much he can do in that form.

He discovers, though, that there is a way to transport physically between realms, and that's part of the fascination of this story.

Many years later, rereading this book is entertaining me once again and I think it's a wonderful novel in the sci-fi/fantasy genre. It's around 250 pages in print, so it isn't a lengthy commitment and doesn't take a lot of time to read - nothing like _The Mists of Avalon_ in that regard. It's a nice way to spend a weekend afternoon.
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