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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful idea, told with greater than adaquate skill, 25 Oct 2001
This review is from: To Your Scattered Bodies Go (Riverworld Saga) (Paperback)
This story is based on an idea so big it's not surprising it took four sequels and a further hundred or so characters to express it in its entirety. As a piece of science fiction, the science is believably presented (for the most part), cohesive, and intriguing, and the fiction is of a marvelously inventive calibre. In fact, it could be considered as bordering on science fantasy - the situations are certainly fantastic enough, and there's a lot of action. In fact, I found this to be the one real weak spot of the series as a whole - too much time has gone into describing various fight scenes (be it among makeshift aircraft, between proud boats, or simply good old fashioned fisticuffs) in blow-by-blow detail. Personally, I found this occasionally had the effect of making the story seem childish and the writing seem laboured.
The writing itself is not of an amazingly high quality, but it doesn't suffer at the expense of the ideas as much as in many other SF and F novels. It's not bad; it's just obviously not the focus of the story, that's all.
In any case, it would be worth putting up with far worse for the sheer pleasure of reading about Alice (In Wonderland)'s meeting with Mark Twain, or how King John might interact with Herman Goring.
All in all, a dazzeling and readable piece of inventive storytelling, well worth a littel time and money. But be warned: if you're gonna read one, you're pretty much commiting yourself to completing the entire series.
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Initial post: 21 Jul 2011 03:14:38 BDT
F. Shailes says:
I agree with your conclusion that reading the first book is guaranteed to make you want to read its sequel(s) - however, the writing is very fluent and inviting, and indeed very good in style and execution, which is part of the reason I whizzed through the book very quickly and gladly want more.
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