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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reissue edition (July 12 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345329945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345329943
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,134,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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a disappointment March 15 2012
By mm1971 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have read other books by Simak, such as "Where the Evil Dwells" and Destiny Doll, and enjoyed them a lot. With "Destiny Doll", it is clear that he liked to blend elements of fantasy and science fiction. And "Where the Evil Dwells" is a great work of epic fantasy.
While in those books the end result is great, in "The Enchanted Pilgrimage" the plot starts nicely, but deteriorates over time with too much explanations about interdimensional travels and related stuff. There are some nice characters to start with, but they become underused, underexplored, without a life, a personality of their own. It took me some perseverance get to the end of it, but, if you are a fan, maybe it is not a complete waste of time.
A motor cycle, a machine gun and a unicorn's horn Jan. 30 2012
By Paul Brooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"My race is an ancient one...long before there was such a thing as human being...we had built a great civilization...we could have fashioned for ourselves a way of life beyond anything even we ourselves could imagine...facing a decision...we would not live for ourselves alone but for the other intelligence that might evolve throughout the galaxy," Mister," Jones said harshly, "I know your kind...do-gooders who make it their business to interfere with others". from "Enchanted Pilgrimage"

"Enchanted Pilgrimage"(1975) is a fantasy novel by Clifford Simak - a writer know primary for his science fiction. The story, while imaginative in parts, employs traditional fantasy tropes: an idealistic quest, magical beings, mystical artifacts, a virginal damsel and several apparent insurmountable obstacles blocking the completion of the journey. Author Simak keeps the action moving to its uninspiring conclusion. It was somewhat disconcerting to see a few science-fiction touches thrown in to propel the plot when things seem to bog down.

Our hero, human Mark Cornwall, purloins an ancient document from the university library. Upon studying the tome Mark is inspired to travel to the Wasteland and discover there a purported Elder civilization. If you have read much fantasy you will not find anything new here: a magic swords saves the day, cryptic unexplained evils need to be dealt with, a unicorn's horn in the hands of a virgin proves very helpful, a godly hermit gives deathbed instructions and inspirations and a man from an alternative Earth shows up on a motor bike with a machine gun and a camera. Honestly that's is in the book - how absurd!

Simak fans should read this book, others looking for a good fantasy novel may want to consider something else. I would suggest Lovecraft's "At the Mountain of Madness" or books by A. Merritt or Moorcock's Elric saga.
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Enchanted Pilgrimage Oct. 25 2010
By Rachel Thern - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Mark Cornwall, a scholar, finds and steals a page of a manuscript hidden in a book. The manuscript hints at secrets hidden in the wasteland to the northwest. Oliver, a Goblin of the Rafters at the university, witnesses the theft and warns Mark that he is now in danger. Gib, one of the People of the Marshes, and his friend Hal, one of the People of the Hills, join in the journey to the wasteland, as do other pilgrims they meet along the way. Their world is one in which magic and mythical beings exist, but there are hints that there are things going on in the wasteland that even magic may not explain.

There was very little character development in this book and the dialogue was painfully stilted. The author seemed more at ease describing the landscape , but the world is never developed past anyone's sightlines. The nature of the quest that the characters are undertaking is too nebulous to be compelling, and once the mysteries of the wasteland are revealed, they don't make any particular sense. This novel felt like a bunch of story elements thrown together and then written on autopilot. There is something oddball about this, but it's not enough to make it satisfying. This is the first Simak book I've read, but I'm willing to assume that his better-known works must be superior to this.

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