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The Many-Coloured Land: Book One in the Saga of the Exiles [Kindle Edition]

Julian May
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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In the 22nd Century, a group of misfits and mavericks are preparing to leave behind everything they have known. Advanced technology has created a one-way time portal to Earth’s Pliocene Era – six million years ago. Those seeking a better life are drawn to the promise of a simple utopia, far from the civilised Galactic Mileu. But no one could have predicted the dangers on the other side. For the group will enter the battleground of two warring alien races, exiled from a distant planet. And these races not only have potent mind powers, but seek to exploit and enslave humans for their own needs. The travellers are about to discover that their unspoilt paradise is far from Eden. Winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.

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In the 22nd Century, a group of misfits and mavericks are preparing to leave behind everything they have known. Advanced technology has created a one-way time portal to Earth’s Pliocene Era – six million years ago. Those seeking a better life are drawn to the promise of a simple utopia, far from the civilised Galactic Mileu. But no one could have predicted the dangers on the other side. For the group will enter the battleground of two warring alien races, exiled from a distant planet. And these races not only have potent mind powers, but seek to exploit and enslave humans for their own needs. The travellers are about to discover that their unspoilt paradise is far from Eden. Winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. ‘Julian May has woven a many-coloured tapestry of exotic adventure’ Roger Zelazny, ‘I was captivated by its glamorous, sinister movement through the misty forests of Earth’s true past’ Fritz Leiber

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long nights of reading guaranteed! 21 Jan 2004
Format:Paperback
I bought the Many Coloured Land on a recomendation from a friend. I have not been so truly gripped by a book in a very long time. Admittedly the book starts very slowly as you become introduced to the Exiles but suddenly after about 150 pages the book takes off and you're whirled away in to the Pliocene Epoch.
May has mixed some wonderful and plausible views of the future with myths of the past and come up with something quite astounding. I think what impressed me most through the series is the way that she (Julian May is a she by the way) swings your emotions from one side to the other almost at will. As the saga continues through The Golden Torc, The NonBorn King and The Adversary you will be amazed at your own fickleness as your support sways from one faction to another and back again.
These four books are a delight. If I was to grade The Many Coloured Land as a book in and of itself it would probably get 4 stars if only because of its slow start, but once you have started just make sure that you have the others waiting on the shelf!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Julian May's Saga of the Exiles and the related Galactic Mileu trilogy are without doubt my first choice "desert island" reading. Classic SF elements of time travel, aliens, monsters, and the only fantasy world to equal Tolkien's Middle-Earth. All combined with acute characterisation, gentle humour and the odd episode of good earthy sex. I must have read them half a dozen times and they are as every bit as enjoyable now as they were the first time. Buy! Now!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addiction and cure 7 July 2001
Format:Paperback
Having bought my first Land book via a local charity shop, I have to say it was not this one.So off I went and bought it. Bad move I was hooked, addicted to this stupendous story. Here in one novel were so many things I just am interested in. But this first one is really great it tells you so much about what is to come, yet never spoils the punch lines. Having bought the whole series I sat down for a week and reread them all, no housework little cooking just reading. Then suddenly I realised there were no more, I suffered withdrawel symptoms and still do. Yet for me this first book is the best, still worth investing in the set, if you are one of the few who do not own them.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic - go on, but the whole series 8 Aug 2007
Format:Paperback
all this saga of books is uniquely excellent. Julian May carries the longs and complex story arc without a hitch. buy every one of them. unlike many fantasy and sci fi series that you dutifully buy to the bitter end, this one will continue to delight all the way. then move on to the galactic milleiu books
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, great series 1 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback
It is a travesty that this is now out of print. Particularly compared to some of the juvenile rubbish in the fanstasy/sci fi genre.

Strong characters, and an intriquing system of 'magical' powers, make this one of the great sci-fi/fantasy hybrids.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
A good while ago during my teens I was lucky enough to come across these books by Julian May. They so captivated me I must have read them through a dozen or more times since! My originals are getting pretty tatty, with pages loose and dog eared. I am glad there is a reprint,I loathed loaning out my precious books, yet desperately wanted to share such a glorious story!

The Many Coloured Land, with its many interwoven sub-plots the main story builds to a crescendo that will leave you entirely satisfied. Heroes and villains abound in a vibrant Palæolithic Eden, all squabbling for a slice of the pie.

Time Travel, Aliens, Mind-bullets, Future Tech, its got it all. Seriously, get these books, you will not be disappointed!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, poor kindle version 23 Jan 2013
By C. Wild
Format:Kindle Edition
The story is fantastic, a must-have for any sci-fi / fantasy fan - really can't praise it enough and the story is worth 5-stars. So why the 4-star rating? The implementation to the Kindle version is sloppy. Some passages are worse than others, but it feels like there's a typo every 3 pages or so. Most of the time you can live with it, but on a few instances (and I'm only two-thirds the way through the first book) the first time a character is mentioned, the name is misspelled (examples: Pallol becomes Pallob and Sharn-Mes is Sham-Mes). If you know the story it can be overlooked but is nevertheless annoying, if you don't know the story you'd be left wondering what's going on. It's clear this was produced by scanning a print book and the result has not been read or checked, even by an amateur.

The other slight disappointment is the maps - they're next to useless. They've been scanned at a low resolution so while the Kindle can zoom in on a section, all you get is a grey smudge.

All in all, I think it's still worth buying as these little issues are small compared to the fantastic story.

P.S. If you wanted to (as another reviewer has done) you could read a lot of Catholic 'redemption-through-suffering' into it, but you don't have to, it's not rammed down the reader's throat!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back in print and on kindle please! 30 July 2011
By Tonymcl
Format:Paperback
First read in mid teens, re-read early 40s. Why out of print? A scandal - please join in requesting this great series on kindle, at least! Mind-blowing, erudite, humorous and totally engrossing. Let's get it back in circulation!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 star for the book. 3 star for the digital transfer
The 4 books in this saga combine to form the best series of books I've ever read, even better than a Song of Ice and Fire (just about). Read more
Published 1 month ago by P. Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book in the series
May has a knack for making the mundane seem better,this is possibly one of the best series of books I have read,first read many many years ago but still a joy to read,only of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Richard A. MccRimmon
5.0 out of 5 stars Julian May - An Unsung Heroine of Sci-Fi Fantasy
I have read the sagas books many times and all I can say is outstsanding.

An unsung heroin of Sci Fi - The characters and the premise are all beautifully crafted... Read more
Published 6 months ago by S. wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites
This is the first book in the 'Saga of the Exiles', where social misfits/criminals, unable to adapt to humanity's new standing in a Galactic Civilisation, are able to take a one... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Syrene
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read
It is rare to find a great read these days with so much dross about but this is one such book which delivers on all fronts. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Aidanus
5.0 out of 5 stars My all time favorite
I read this series twoce when I was in my teens... Re read it again in my forties and it's stood the test of time. Fantastic novel
Published 8 months ago by Shaun
5.0 out of 5 stars At last.......................!
The Saga of the Exiles on e-reader! Excellent!

First read Julian May's brilliant Saga years and years ago and still have the paperbacks. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mark Crook
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing
Super book, super plot, super characters and super-double-duper oversall! Read this book and the saga of the exiles 20 years ago, and enjoyed it every bit as much again. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Diablo
5.0 out of 5 stars So happy it's back in print!
I love this series and have been trying to by it for a friend for years! Delighted it's available again
Published 14 months ago by Violet
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic fantasy
I happen to love this series of books, but for best appreciation read in order, with Intervention first, then Jack the Bodiless, Diamond Mask, Magnificat and then the Saga of the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. Penelope J. Jaquet
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