Many-Colored Land Mass Market Paperback – Jan 12 1985
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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!!
These eight will change the past, and so create the future.
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.
I am always surprised when science fiction writers fail to do their homework - luckily, Julian May is not one of them. I would have to rate this series as one of the finest I've read, and head and shoulders above the hoard of hacks churning out the same rehashed yarns over and over again.
Although I hate to give five stars to any book - I usually reserve such praise for the Tolkein's and Clarke's of the world, this series honestly rates at that level.
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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. Read morePublished on April 12 2009 by Jack Blatant
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 morePublished on May 7 2002 by keith leadbetter
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2000 by Jeffrey Eisenberg
I admit it, the main part of the book takes place long before the Stone Age and the coming of man in general. Read morePublished on July 31 2000 by Alex
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 morePublished on May 19 2000 by Angry Rooster
Superior story-telling, with a wide range of fully-realized characters set against a brilliant backdrop. Read morePublished on May 9 2000 by Peter A. Greene
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 morePublished on May 3 2000 by Anthony Hinde
Bought the book second-hand (1982 sc edition) from a charity fair. Left it there for about 2 months. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2000