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MANY COLORED LAND [Mass Market Paperback]

Julian May
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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June 12 1983
When a one-way time tunnel to Earth's distant past was discovered, every misfit for light-years around hurried to pass through it. Each sought his own brand of happiness. But none could have guessed what awaited them. Not even in a million years.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but still a magnificent fantasy epic April 12 2009
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I first read this series years ago (this book is the first of the four-part Pliocene Exile saga), and I still have a deep and abiding love for it. I reread it perhaps once every five years or so, and never fail to be drawn into its melodrama.

Any detailed discussion of what happens past the first part of the first book inevitably involves spoilers, so I will simply say that its scope is truly epic, its plots at times Byzantine, and its cosmos finely detailed to a degree that will please the most "old-school" of sci-fi/fantasy readers. Certainly not for everyone, but this series will remain on my shelf for as long as I have books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eternity never looked so good Jan. 8 2001
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An incredible tale of adventure and excitement that draws you in , holds your attention for six million years, then spits you back into the real world, dazed and confused. Early in the 22nd Century, humanity has joined a benevolent federation of psychicly operant aliens (Star Trek eat your heart out.) But not everyone enjoys this brave new world. For the misfits and undesirables, an escape route exists - a one way trip to Pliocene Earth, six million years in the past. We follow the adventures of Group Green, this weeks "tour group" as they discover that the past isn't exactly what we imagined. Felice Landry - maladjusted sports star,unloved and unloving, she confuses pleasure and pain. Robert Voorhees - ex-pilot and space trader, banished to the past for putting profit before his humanity. Stein Olsen - deep miner, a Viking born centuries too late. Brian Grenfell - anthropoligist and expert in social interactions, chasing his lost love . Claude Majewski - retired paleontoligist and widower, come to see the past for himself. Amerie Chan - dedicated Sister (the nun sort), seeking a life of religous hermitage. Aiken Drum - mischevious non-born, child of a test tube, banished to a time when his practical jokes can hurt no-one. Elizabeth Orm - ex Grand Master Psychic, victim of a horrific accident that stole her life mate and her awesome mental powers, fleeing a world filled with reminders of what she lost .
These eight will change the past, and so create the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In a world of her own... Sept. 4 2000
By amf0001
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I know that there are 21 other reviews and I am not going to say anything unique but I have loved this series for so long, I just want to put it in writing.
Sometimes you are just loping along in your own life and something wonderful happens - you fall in love, get your dream job, fall pregnant (if you want to be!) and for a while the world is a shing place where everything is glowing and bright. Sooner or later the shine dims, but the memory, of how happy you were, how special it was, that stays.
So here you are, loping along, wondering what book to buy next, and here it is, a shining experience waiting for you... This is the start of a magical series (ignore the awful cover drawing show here! It doesn't reflect the books at all)
I reread these books on average once every two years, so all the characters are now old and familiar friends. They are complex, with foibles and mistakes, with heroism and madness, with granduer and evil. There are dreamers and victims, great imagination and a sense of an entire universe out there.
It isn't even strictly speaking science fantasy. It's set on earth, and everything is (sort of) feasible. It's an epic tale, one to sink your teeth into. It will fill your days and invade your dreams. Enough already - go out and buy it!!
:-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic, rich & complex universe Aug. 29 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This series of books is magnificent! Julian May creates complex characters, a rich universe that they are set in and a storyline that ties it all together.
This is one of my favorite series and should be thought of in the same category as the Dune and Foundation series.
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By Alex
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I admit it, the main part of the book takes place long before the Stone Age and the coming of man in general. Although it takes a while to pick up, this story of one-way time travel to a romantic Pliocene gone awry, that turns into a story of captivity, that turns into a story of liberation becomes a page-turner relatively quickly. This is probably the closest that "legitimate" science fiction will come to a fantasy epic. Julian May has great mastery with imagery, that, coupled with complex characterization, an interesting genre-bending mileau, and a solid scientific foundation, results in the beginning to a highly readable series that has a lot of potential (and, yes, I realize that it is indeed a finished series, but so far I am only done with book one). Overall, an excellent read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the all-time greatest June 15 2000
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This book is the first volume in what I consider to be arguably one of the best series of all time. It's got it all: politics, violence, sex, intrigue, psychic powers, comedy, epic storylines, fascinating characters, anthropology, mythology, several other -ologies! Julian May takes standard elements of fantasy lit (long journeys, strange mystical creatures, a quest for some special artifact, etc.) and combines them effortlessly with standard science fiction stuff (aliens, galactic civilizations, etc.). I've never seen anyone do so with such pleasing results. I've read Many-Colored Land and its sequels many times over the years and they just get better with repetition.
In regards to this volume specifically, it starts out kind of slow, but picks up once the main characters translate through time from early 22nd Century Earth to the Pliocene Era, 6 million years in the past. Part of this stems from the fact that it was written as one book with the second volume, The Golden Torc, and was then split by the publisher. The two books should be read as if they were one and they'll flow much better.
Read this book! Then read the others! You will not regret it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Pliocene revisited
I first read the Saga of the Exiles when it came out, and remember being quite impressed. Recently I read it again and am amazed at the uncritical adulation this series receives. Read more
Published on May 7 2002 by keith leadbetter
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid on on levels - Definitely worth a read
It's difficult to assign a genre to this four-part series, which is really the strength of Ms. May's writing. Read more
Published on May 30 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent original (not a Tolkien ripoff)
Finally a fantasy that doesn't hint of a Tolkien takeoff. That's not to say all other fantasy books are bad, but there are a lot that resemble The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings in... Read more
Published on May 19 2000 by David Segrove
5.0 out of 5 stars SF Grand Opera
Superior story-telling, with a wide range of fully-realized characters set against a brilliant backdrop. Read more
Published on May 9 2000 by Peter A. Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 million years in the making
The "Many Colored Land" was the novel that started me on a reading frenzy that has lasted to this day. I read it in my first year of university. Read more
Published on May 3 2000 by Anthony Hinde
5.0 out of 5 stars WhatcanIsay... Incredible!
Bought the book second-hand (1982 sc edition) from a charity fair. Left it there for about 2 months. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars WhatcanIsay... Incredible!
Bought the book second-hand (1982 sc edition) from a charity fair. Left it there for about 2 months. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2000
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