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  • Paperback: 445 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reissue edition (9 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765326558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765326553
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 370,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Aug 1999
Format: Paperback
For a series that started so promising, the "end" was quite a disapointment. PJF again makes a mockery of the characters which were established earlier, having them engage in completely non-sensical behavior given who they are and what they are doing. He kills off a bunch of characters to establish "suspense", introduce a bunch of new characters you couldn't care less about, and then has to make up a last-ditch obstacle to extract any action for a climax - which might have worked but for the fact he has to waste pages and pages extemporizing about the background which he apparently couldn't figure out who to reveal in any other way. PJF tries to set up a cliff-hanger ending, but I, t least, was so uninterested the characters, I really didn't care what happened to them. The first book in this series was wonderful, but the ending is almost insultingly bad...
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By K. C. Simm VINE VOICE on 2 Feb 2007
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As with other reviewers I found this last book to be a little anticlimatic. Given the initial premise of the story, given also the epic way it had been written, the complexity of the story, the attempt to bring it all together in a final tidy ending does not work as well as it should.

Farmer is more than a fine writer. He is up there with the best. His concepts, this series included are intelligent, sometimes with elements of genius. He uses words well, he usually develops his stories interestingly, just not unfortunately with this one.

Perhaps there is a case for saying a final book should not be written. Titus Alone from the Gormenghast series,springs to mind. As with this book it leaves one with a feeling of dissapointment. I loved the idea of a number of my heroes, (some that became my heroes because of these books) all together in these stories. I liked the idea of the author himself appearing, (Peter Jarius Frigate). I just was left with something I didn't want but had to have with this last book, just because it was the last.

As a matter of interest, apparently there has been a movement afoot for several years to film these stories. I think we have reached the point where such a thing could be done and done justice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MR D MCMILLAN on 26 Sep 2004
Format: Hardcover
Philip Jose Farmer is one of those Sci Fi/Fantasy writers who do the job properly. He takes ideas and plays with them to get the best out of them. He starts from the idea of the entire human race being reincarnated in Riverworld and then takes the idea as far as it will go.
It is brilliantly written and funny as well as showing an extensive knowledge of the characters involved. This is the final book in the series but can be read on its own as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Mar 2001
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This is the longest book in the series - and seemed like it. After the imaginative stories and sub-plots of the earlier works, this book seemed long and boring. I read it through, waiting for the interesting bits - but didn't find them. Sorry, but ...
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By Zieveraar on 23 April 2003
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Reading the first volume of the serie might have gotten your hopes up a bit too high. The second book and third one were quite disapointing. Fortunately, this fourth and final one is a little better than the previous two. In an attempt to complete the series and tying up all the knots, Farmer uses a topic he has used in some of his other work: I cannot tell everything about it, otherwise reading this book might become quite useless as you would already know the whole point behind the story, but he did use a similar topic in his book Inside Outside. Anyway, if you have read the three previous volumes you simply got to know how it all ends and what happens with Mark Twain and Prince John, X, ... It is quite a compelling story, but maybe written a bit too boring!
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Fantastic adventure surpassing Lord of the Rings just starting vol 4.......simply blows your mind! Farmer totally enthralls with such detail one is totally gripped, would make an excellent movie!
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