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The Magic Labyrinth At the end of The Fabulous Riverboat Sam Clemens finally set out in the great iron riverboat Not for Hire to reach the headwaters of the massive river on whose shores humanity has been resurrected Af

  • Title: The Magic Labyrinth
  • Author: Philip José Farmer
  • ISBN: 9780345419705
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Magic Labyrinth By Philip José Farmer, At the end of The Fabulous Riverboat, Sam Clemens finally set out in the great iron riverboat Not for Hire to reach the headwaters of the massive river on whose shores humanity has been resurrected After 33 years on the river, Clemens and his crew including the giant subhuman Joe Miller are finally near the end of their journey, and only one obstacle remains the evil EAt the end of The Fabulous Riverboat, Sam Clemens finally set out in the great iron riverboat Not for Hire to reach the headwaters of the massive river on whose shores humanity has been resurrected After 33 years on the river, Clemens and his crew including the giant subhuman Joe Miller are finally near the end of their journey, and only one obstacle remains the evil Earthly king, John Lackland John is waiting just upriver in the Rex Grandissimus, the first riverboat that Sam constructed and the one that John and his crew hijacked, and he s hell bent on sinking Sam s boat and vice versa Complicating the battle is the fact that both ships likely contain agents of the Ethicals, the group of advanced beings who created Riverworld for reasons unknown One or of the Ethicals themselves may even be on board, as are various humans that the rebel Ethical, known as the Mysterious Stranger but known to Clemens simply as X , enlisted in his cause, which may or may not lead to humanity s salvation The battle is set to take place along the shores populated by members of the Church of the Second Chance, a group that believes they must attain ethical perfection in order to proceed to the next phase of existence The Second Chancers are not violent, but their charismatic leader, La Viro, may attempt to sink one or both of the iron ships in order to prevent the battle Among the Second Chancers is former Nazi officer Hermann Goring, who had a run in with Sir Richard Francis Burton in the first Riverworld novel, To Your Scattered Bodies Go Burton and his companions among them several people who were contacted by the Mysterious Stranger are reluctantly serving on John s boat in order to reach the headwaters of the river But will any of the humans working for X survive the coming battle And if so, how can they possibly hope to penetrate the tower in the North Sea where the Ethicals are thought to reside And what could lowly humans hope to do against a race so advanced that they can reshape entire planets and resurrect all of humanity Craig E Engler

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    1. WARNING This review contains spoilers Read at your own risk This fourth book in the classic Riverworld series continues the adventures of Samuel Clemens and Sir Richard Francis Burton as they travel through Farmer s strange and wonderful Riverworld, a place where everyone who ever lived is simultaneously resurrected along a single river valley that stretches over an entire planet Famous characters from history abound.Now Burton and Clemens, who have traveled for than thirty years on two great s [...]

    2. This is the fourth and most disappointing novel of the Riverworld series Although the first three had some problems, they remained interesting What drove me to keep reading this series was the mystery of why the world was built, and the purpose behind the resurrections This fourth novel provides the final explanation for everything that is going on and who is behind it all And that explanation is unfortunately predictable and entirely unoriginal I will explain what I mean only in the most vague [...]

    3. Storyline 2 5Characters 2 5Writing Style 2 5World 2 5The finale any finale has a lot going for it It is where you get to solve mysteries, make big reveals, bring together disparate threads, and provide the happy or not so happy ending Farmer managed to make his Riverworld finale the worst of the four books If you re out for climactic and adrenaline laced fight scenes, then you will probably disagree There was little else, however, to recommend in this volume I was negatively inclined before I be [...]

    4. This is the fourth and originally final book in Philip Jose Farmer s Riverworld series Picking up the various threads from the first three books, Farmer weaves the stories and characters together and comes to what is meant to be a rousing conclusion I thought it was just OK.The book begins with parallel stories that follow King John in his riverboat, the Rex Grandissimus, and Samuel Clemens in his riverboat, the Not for Hire, as they head upriver in an attempt to get to the headwaters, meet the [...]

    5. I was a little disappointed in this book It was not a great end to the story, among other things I finished the last page and turned the page expecting I also found this book to contain casual sexism and racism than I had noticed in previous books, and it bothered me None of the female characters are truly significant, nor do they play much of a role beyond being mates for the male character except at the very very end I also thought they competition between John Lackland and Samuel Clemens wa [...]

    6. If you re thinking that anybody can write a book, then this series is the series for you If you re thinking that anybody can write a great book, then this series disproves that theory.The first book was very good The next two were a waste of time since they didn t progress the story This one was overly long and didn t reach what I would call a satisfying conclusion I won t go into any details other than to say that I found myself skimming page after page Did I really need an entire chapter on a [...]

    7. I m virtually certain I got as far as this volume before I abandoned the series, but I can t remember a thing about it All I can recall is that we were given the explanation for Riverworld, and I just thought Huh I guess I wasn t in a receptive frame of mind, given that some other people appear to like this book Sorry.

    8. Riverworld series books 1 5 ReviewAn IMO review, if you re looking for a description of the Riverworld or plot summary does the trick.I enjoyed Riverworld 1 4 at least , though its not the kind of series that left me scrambling for the next book The premise is unique and very interesting, the author does a lot with it However, as the series progresses the pacing and narrative quality declines with an almost geometric exactness If the first book is five stars the last book is one star.OK, so the [...]

    9. This was a very good bookif you like this kind of science fiction It was number 4 in a series that ultimately ends the series although there is another novel in it As with all series I am sad it is over but I plan to save book 5 to a later date The main of the book was awesome and kept me guessing and wondering what is going to happen next Somethings made very much sense and could only happen the way I expected Other parts of this book left me happy or sad depending on what it was Overall this b [...]

    10. Keeping up the good level from book 3, The Magic Labyrinth brings together most open threads from previous books, most characters even a forgotten Hermann G ring and delivers what looks like a satisfying explanation when approaching the end.Strangely enough, the very end of the novel remains open somehow It s easy for us to believe it now, almost 40 some years after, fully knowing that a fifth book exists I wonder how it must ve felt in 1980, when 50 pages before the end you thought this is it, [...]

    11. Il tono della narrazione si solLeva un po rispetto ai due libri precedenti, il tema avventuroso diventa pi avvincente Il mistero della Torre alla sorgente del fiume e dei creatori del mondo fiume si svela quasi del tutto, ma la spiegazione dell intrigo dell Etico traditore che ha portato Burton a risalire il fiume alquanto ingarbugliata e convince poco.Non ne parliamo poi delle spiegazioni filosofico religiose al problema dell anima in cui ci si perde per tentare di spiegare il mistero delle res [...]

    12. Another good but not great story in the series The writing style is, per usual, great, but it again feels like Farmer ran out of steam.

    13. Well freaking finally And then my questions were still not answered Ugh It s a great concept but PJF is a product of his times in a bad way.

    14. This wraps up the conflicts of the previous books well and is an exciting read It an interesting take on spiritually and self as well as you learn about who created the Riverland.

    15. The conclusion to the Riverworld trilogy except that there are number of additional short stories that were published later , this tries to wrap everything up and answer the fundamental questions about what the hell Riverworld was all about Though the author has his reasons for dragging things out to show some about the central characters Richard Francis Burton, Samuel Clemens, and Hermann Goering I felt like a lot of the second and third books were redundant The mystery is solved in a somewhat [...]

    16. The Magic Labyrinth is the fourth book of a trilogy what Yes, it is, the Riverworld Trilogy by Philip Jose Farmer, which Farmer botched in the third book so I guess he thought he needed to add another book to unbotch it.Fail.Complete fail Labyrinth does nothing to undo the major disappointment caused by The Dark Design, which is the last book of the original trilogy To Your Scattered Bodies Go, followed by The Fabulous Riverboat Disappointment, I say Yes Because the first two books were so damne [...]

    17. era prevedibile prima o poi qualche vera e propria battaglia doveva avvenire in questo ciclo del fiume , e farmer non si risparmia mettendoci dentro uno scontro aereo, uno navale e uno scontro diretto tra due spadaccini facile intuire chi siano sadicamente poi il nostro decide di far morire diversi personaggi principali, tra cui alcuni dei migliori in assoluto la tensione del libro ne guadagna, per spiace per un paio di loro il problema che le battaglie sono noiosissime, e cos anche i tanti spie [...]

    18. After three books worth of setup, we finally get to learn what s actually in the Tower At least, that s the idea but first we have to have the big war between Sam Clemens and King John Of course they have to meet, which means they have to get pretty far up River, and both sides have to be somewhat balanced, so we have to read about people first, which means that we have to read about their stories on Earth and what actually happened first, and then we have to re read any events in which they d [...]

    19. The Magic Labyrinth 1980 400 pages by Philip Jose Farmer.The fourth book in the Riverworld series Every human that ever lived past the age of five years old, from 100,000 B.C to present day, has been resurrected on an engineered planet, Riverworld So called because the planet is one long river that winds and spirals its way around the globe.By now we know that the ethicals built, or engineered, the planet We don t know why, but there is one ethical, X, that isn t in agreement with the plan, and [...]

    20. This is the final novel of Farmer s original Riverworld cycle Like the rest of the series, it is audacious, often fascinating, but also very problematic Labyrinth is often long winded and unwieldy, particularly in the beginning But everything comes together as the rival riverboats commanded by archenemies Sam Clemens and John Lackland meet for their final confrontation, after which the survivors struggle on to gain entrance to the mysterious tower in the North Sea The battle and the final leg of [...]

    21. This is the final novel of Farmer s original Riverworld cycle Like the rest of the series, it is audacious, often fascinating, but also very problematic Labyrinth is often long winded and unwieldy, particularly in the beginning But everything comes together as the rival riverboats commanded by archenemies Sam Clemens and John Lackland meet for their final confrontation, after which the survivors struggle on to gain entrance to the mysterious tower in the North Sea The battle and the final leg of [...]

    22. This was the last of the riverwold series Suppose to answer all you questions, I guess it did but I wasn t really impressed Most of the story was about Samuel Clemens and King John hating each other of the theft of the first river boat Seemed ridiculous for a feud that lasted decades, before they even ran into each other The giant battle went on so long, I actually started skimming through it, a thing I never do with books I won t give away the ending, but it was both science fiction and religio [...]

    23. It s overkill to have several books to set up the big ending, each book should have had their respective climaxes This was not a bad book, by any means, however it becomes boring when you really start wishing for an actual adventure, not steps of it This fourth book provides history on most of the characters involved, which I personally like, it also explains how characters come together and the reasoning behind it The journey continues up the river and though small plot twists are provided, the [...]

    24. Nearly a quarter of this book is laboured recaps of the previous books in the series At one point he actually breaks the fourth wall and writes see book 1 To Your Scattered Bodies Go for on this Duh The writing is dreary and all the characters superficial.The long forshadowed battle of the riverboats and accompanying dogfight proceeded with the plodding inevitability of a C movie storyboard without the pictures to liven it up And we had our regular page infodump of Farmer s Daily Favorite Famou [...]

    25. After reading the fourth instalment of the Riverworld series I think I can now say I am definitely not a fan I have read several books of Mr Farmer s aside from Riverworld and you never seem to get an easy read with him Many of his books seem to have deeper meanings and this series is no exception.I have no problem with the basic concept of Riverworld i.e the populace of deceased human races are resurrected on the banks of a great river What I do have a problem with is that this could have been [...]

    26. This is better than its previous book Here Farmer brings us closer towards the end to give answers Much of this short book is taken up by resolving the conflict that was building since the second story So in that sense it s a series capstone that has been long awaited The last third of the book deals with the world, mainly in giving answers There is an attempt at some of the philosophical exploration this world entails, but it s mainly pseudo science, a fictional causation This is interesting bu [...]

    27. A n no s si echarme a re r o a llorar La primera parte del libro describe el encuentro entre los dos grandes barcos fluviales y sus respectivos egos Batallitas algo previsibles, pero entretenido En la segunda parte se cuenta la llegada a la Torre y lo que ocurre dentro El autor trata de deshacer el enredo que llevamos viendo desde el primer libro y para ello se saca conejos de la chistera, de la chaqueta, pantalones y hasta de los zapatos Esta segunda parte comienza con la repetici n de lo que y [...]

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