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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 (55 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.



‘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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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1265 KB
  • Print Length: 572 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; New Edit/Cover edition (17 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQ2G6AK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,023 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 26 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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11 of 11 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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5 of 5 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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cross-Genre Masterpiece 21 Jun. 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
There are those who will never read anything that has a spaceship in the story. Then there are those who will never read anything that involves fantasy, magic, swords or dragons. For the rest of us, although there are no dragons, this is a unique blend of great, sustained storytelling approximately but not entirely in the SF/Fantasy genre, combined with a leap of the imagination which I have not seen equalled for its effect long after one has finished the books. She combines plausible future history and technology with an inspired link to our distant evolutionary past via time travel, and even weaves in the myths of our early societies. The childish desires of us all are also indulged with wonderfully imagined treats such as the ability to fly unaided or blow up a whole mountain with the power of thought alone.

Quite brilliant and with very wide appeal - if you can deal with one spaceship (at the beginning) and plenty of swords (in the middle). If not, well there's always that biography of Clinton to get to....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply, the greatest.... 15 Sept. 2012
By TQ2Boyz
Format:Paperback
Let's put it this way; I have a BA in English Literature, so I THINK I know a good book when I read one. I am also a scifi nut, having cut my teeth on the book/movie of "2001" and feverishly consumed everything Heinlein, Clarke and Asimov could throw my way, but NO-ONE has made a greater impact on me than Julian May with her Pliocene Quartet and Milieu Trilogy. Not just an incredible imagination, two whole WORLDS with impossibly rich scenarios and characters, but a series where you are utterly engrossed with the personalities of the characters as well as the explosive nature of the plots. I won't bang on about the stories involved - my fellow reviewers have done that already, but I will say that, once you get into these books you NEVER get out again. My copies are dog-eared and falling apart and regularly replaced. They are loaned out (never to return... ) to spread the message of Ms May's genius to a wider world. Like my fellow May-niacs, I just wish someone would have the nerve to espouse these books and make them into movies, or, failing that, a VERY long TV series, giving the plots a chance to "breathe" properly onscreen. If you are just "interested" in reading the books, start with this one, and get yourself on a plane to some nice holiday destination. You will never remember the trip, but you will never forget the book. Oh, and for the reviewer who gave the books a one-star review, I am both gay AND Ordinariat Roman Catholic and I don't have any problems with the books at all, so an open mind rather than a closed one is better to have. Gaudete my friends!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good honest Sci-Fi fantasy. Nice ideas well constructed universe good ripping yarn
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars No idea why it's a good read
I read this for the first time nearly thirty years ago
I still don't understand why Hollywood have turned this into a blockbuster
Published 11 days ago by Agardner
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of a great journey.
A very clever, ahead of its time story. Complex, interwoven, and brilliantly portrayed. A must read classic for all sci-fi lovers.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. A. P. Weston
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite science fiction books.
One of my favourite science fiction books. Definitely worth a re-read
Published 2 months ago by Mr. M. H. Jeffery
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this book, and the entire series!
Published 6 months ago by Iain J Leonard
5.0 out of 5 stars Book one,saga of the exiles.
Having read the series a number of times there is little to say except it is a darned good read.
Published 7 months ago by David Bowers.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very descriptive. Really puts you there.
Published 7 months ago by mark beckett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great concept, great read
Book one starts a great journey comparable to Tolkien/Donaldson, the breadth of her vision and writing style make these books timeless. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mike Hodgson
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as ever
it has been some years since I first read this novel but it remains as gripping as ever. Julian's detailed narrative and lively characters bring to life the Pleocine world of the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tim O'Dell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
amazing series one of my all time faves
Published 10 months ago by Mark Tootell
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