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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 42 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 15 Jan. 2009
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ5D5G
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This is probably one of the best science fiction / horror / fantasy books ever written ( yes I have read The stars my Destination)Nivens doorstop editions pale into insignificance when compared to this.Other modernised versions of the Inferno are NOT so good.
The story is basically a modern version of Dantes Inferno. A cynical science fiction writer dies and awakes in Hell. Not believing where he is he is slowly convinced of his predicament by a large fat Italian who suggests that the only way out of Hell is to travel downwards towards the centre. Of course this is not a very pleasant journey because the deeper you go into Hell the worse the punishments inflicted on the damned become.Its also strange that all of his mates appear to be in Hell as well. The book is a unque combination of adventure story and science fiction it examines theological ideas, history, quantum physics and cosmology. It is a breathtaking combination that keeps you hooked until you have completed it.
- please re-issue it so more people can experience this unique book.
This short comic novel has a serious undercurrent examining the conflict between the classical notion of divine punishment and the changing values of modern society. Wonderfully imaginative and thought-provoking.
I get the impression its a 'light' work by Niven and Pournelle, but benefits from it, because neither author is at their best with their attempts to be deep and meaningful in their doorstop trilogies.
After that, it is well crafted Dante meeting 2 Hardcore SF greats, and never stops entertaining, and intriguing.
I have owned my paperback for over 30 years(it cost 75P!), and STILL re-read it today. Value for Money? You bet...
while the authors do an admirable job of keeping the reader interested for the length of the book, I came away with the impression that their task was beyond their means: Dante's "la divina commedia" is legendarily lengthy and being in verse it most certainly lulls the reader into a certain rythm(snore), and while Inferno is by FAR the most interesting of the three parts (the authors note that they considered going on to write a part about "purgatory" but they scratched the idea), only by writing much more than a mere 200 plus pages could the writers give the same sense of coming to grips with one storyline at a time; I came away with the impression that it is the best possible book under the circumstances, but It's not up to other works like The Mote in God's Eye, either for intricacy and cultural challenge or for the mere quality of the original idea behind it. to me, while an enjoyable book, this will be a minor opera by this accomplished couple.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
read this first, and back in the 70's, it was good then and on re-reading I have decided that I was right to read it again it was and is good value for the money.Published 19 months ago by Andrew Humphries
A fun take on dante's inferno. Worth a read, the sequel isn't bad either. Good for the train ride to work :)Published on 6 May 2014 by Mr G
Read this as a teenager, still as good now as it was back then! A comic take on Dantesque InfernoPublished on 6 Jan. 2013 by Mespookee
The book is excellent in content, it needs to be cheap as its a poor quality paperback, but surely that is what paperback's are about cheap and cheerful access to literarture.Published on 18 Sept. 2010 by JayCee
...and I have read HUNDREDS
I have waited thirty years for the follow up and finally "Escape From Hell" is out - paperback not for another year sadly.