Many-coloured Land (Saga of the exiles) Hardcover – 8 Jul 1985
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For a troubled band of misfits, the adventure is about to begin. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Born in 1931, Julian May sold her first short story to John W. Campbell's Astounding magazine in 1951. But she didn't return to genre fiction until the 1980s. May then wrote the phenomenally successful Saga of the Exiles, followed by the Galactic Milieu series. The Many-Coloured Land won the Locus Best Novel Award and was shortlisted for numerous other high-profile genre awards. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
The Many-Coloured Land is one of those wonderful books in which the narrative refuses to provide explanation of its own internal history. In the first chapters, tantalising hints are given about `the Intervention' and `The Metapsychic Rebellion' and the reader gradually picks up the pieces of human history throughout the text although some references are not explained until much later in the novel sequence.
It is not clear whether the entire overall saga (which comprises of eight books) was initially designed as such, but as the full narrative is in the form of a time-loop, the final novel comes back to almost the point at which The Many-Coloured Land starts.
Deftly manipulating a multi-character storyline, May starts us off in a near future in which human colonists are being set up on hundreds of ethnically-streamed fresh planets; many humans are developing metapsychic operancy with talents such as psychokinesis, telepathy, the transformation of matter, illusion spinning and mental coercion.
Five alien races, members of a kind of superpsychic gestalt, have made themselves known and are helping Humanity along the road to Coalescence.
Meanwhile, Madame Guderian, a French hotelier, is custodian of an odd piece of Earth history. Her late husband had constructed a machine which interfaced with a unique geological and temporal anomaly within the Earth's crust. He had built, in effect, a time portal, but one which led only one way, back to Earth's Pliocene past.Read more ›
First read Julian May's brilliant Saga years and years ago and still have the paperbacks. Went on from the Pliocene exiles to Jack the Bodiless and Diamond Mask and all the rest of the Milieu stories. Fabulous stories of telepathically and psychokinetically operant humans and how they got there. Yes, it's nonsense by any normal, everyday standards but the story is a huge sweep of imagination with cleverness and wit woven right the way through it - Aiken Drum, the trickster and arch-manipulator being the spitting image of Machiavelli, for instance.
If you're an SF buff I highly recommend this series. Funnily enough, I was looking idly for it as e-books just a few months ago and there was nothing available from "official" channels - an unofficial copy I found and downloaded had no formatting. You'd be amazed how flat and boring a story becomes with no paragraphs! Then they appeared as "trade copies" - not quite sure what that means, but perhaps it's associated with one gripe I do have about the e-versions - that scanner misreads haven't been sub-edited out. For example, one of the Firvulag Great Heroes is called Sharn-Mes; usually abbreviated to Sharn. In the e-version it appears about 70% of the time as "Sham" which grates badly every time. There are other examples.
Nonetheless, I'm ploughing my way through the whole lot all over again and loving it. Give yourself a treat. Get at least the four "Saga" books and read them!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every time i read this book i recall what made reading so enjoyable all those yeaes ago. As good as i remember...Published 2 months ago by david palframan
Fast delivery. The book was effectively brand new. I could not find a mark on it. Thanks!Published 3 months ago by jeffrey john hinton
Unique story of a far future and time portal to an Pliocene past well worth the read
The story has so many personal journeys it will keep you enthralled with your own... Read more
I first read this book as a teenager and it was one of the most impressive books that I read or have ever read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by sunsoul
This is book one in the "Saga of the Exiles". This is a very readable saga. The concept is simple. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Debra F
Superb SF but you will need to continue with the rest of the saga.Published 11 months ago by plantaganet
A perfect start to a tale I'm looking forward to watching develop. A shame I waited so long to start reading these books. My son suggested the series to me years ago.Published 11 months ago by Cowfarmer
I found the style of writing very hard going. The vocabulary was unfamiliar and laborious to read.Published 12 months ago by Alexandrina Birch