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Parallelities Mass Market Paperback – Jul 29 1998


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; First THUS edition (July 29 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345424611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345424617
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,670,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is my favorite book of Foster because I find it to be the one that expands my mind the most. It also made me laugh at times as the main character encounters numerous odd situations and beings. A stimulating mix of physics, philosophy, science, humor, and big thoughts. Parallel universes and humor. This reminds me a little bit of Heinlein's work.
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By A.W. on Jan. 25 2001
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I must honestly say that, while this book wasn't waht I expected, I still loved it. Foster mixes humor, science fiction, and an engaging, story to make a great book that is fun to read without becoming too complicated. The main character, Max, is a tabloid reporter who gets a dose of his own medicine, and eventually sees what a scumpot he is. The writing, as with all Foster, is great. I can't reccommend this highly enough!
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I see this book has received a mixed response from fans, and this surprises me. I found this to be one of the most entertaining reads in a long while. I keep reading it over and over, sometimes skipping to my favorite parts and analyzing the details for further insight.
Following a rather slow beginning (I'd almost suggest skipping the first chapter), we encounter a slimy tabloid reporter who, due to an experiment run amok by an amateur scientist he's sent to interview, becomes doomed to sail randomly through parallel universes, many of which are at least as weird as the kinds of stories he writes for the tabloid paper. Each of these universes contains another version of himself, living life without any awareness of anything strange going on around him. (That is not the only one of the reporter's new "powers," but I don't want to give away the most original aspect of this novel.)
What I love about all of Foster's books is that his descriptions are so vivid, he makes the comically absurd seem almost plausible. You feel like you've lived in one of his books after reading it. Not only does he revel in verbose descriptions, he always seems to be pushing the limits of what's possible to put into words. His stories are often filled with "shocker lines," not all of which work, but are nonetheless very enjoyable.
In "Parallelities," each universe the reporter protagonist visits seems to encompass a story in itself, and in the process the book manages to cross several genres, leaving open more questions than it answers. The book is hilarious, because the reporter keeps convincing himself he's finally back in his own world, but we know he's only fooling himself.
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I've been a fan of Foster since I was about 8 or 10. I've read at least a dozen of his books, and this one certainly doesn't rank well among them. If you're used to The Damned, or Flinx in the Commonwealth, this book will no doubt leave you sadly disappointed.
When I first read this book, it was for an English Independent Study, and I read it along side HG Wells' War of the Worlds. Compared to Wells' incredibly long, slow descriptions, Parallelities was fast paced and well developed. Foster has the gift of quickly creating memorable worlds and characters. However, the nature of this book requires them to be discarded just as fast as they're created.
Alongside War of the Worlds, this was a welcome change from the tedium of 19th Century England. However, when looked at in a more modern light, Foster could have done better.
Without intending to offend anybody, Foster should stick to stories of the Humanx Commonwealth, his incredible namesake.
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This was the first book by Alan Dean Foster that I have ever read, and I must say I am impressed. I usually read books of Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler variety, but I was bored and it was there. As I started to read I was immediatly brought into a world where, at least for one man, the whole world changes in a second. So it's a desperate struggle for him to try and discover who he really is, and where he is really from. Along the way he encounters aliens, ghosts, other versions of himself (including a female one), and even a world occupied entirely by versions of himself!!! I enjoyed the small bits of humour thrown in and the actual science was kept to minimum. I highly suggest this book, no matter what you usually read, you will enjoy it!!!!!
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