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on June 16, 1998
Philip Jose Farmer has written more than 100 Science Fiction books, none more original than the fantastic Riverworld Series. 'To Your Scattered Bodies Go' is the first of five books in this series, and though it gets off to a rather slow start it develops very well.
Imagine a planet on which the hundreds of billions of people who have died from the dawn of man right up to 1983 have been reincarnated. They all possess the body of a 20 yr old, but they also have full memory of their life on Earth.
Imagine Napoleon living with Cleopatra, JFK meeting George Washington; the possibilities are endless.
This is a brilliant series, with a creative idea which is very well developed.
5 stars!
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on May 4, 2000
Ah, what a concept! Just about all the people who ever lived find themselves on the banks of an immense river. People from diverse eras are forced to live together -- if they can.
This book, with its huge setting and many viewpoint characters, could have been chaotic. Yet Farmer managed to make it cohesive.
We get to run into famous people, particularly explorer Richard Burton. Yet some of the fictional characters are just as real.
The later books got bogged down in bizarro plot elements. But the first few books were great. Especially this one.
Anne M. Marble Reviewer, All About Romance
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on November 19, 2000
This is what science fiction is all about. What could be more exciting than to be "reborn" in a new world with historical characters as your friends and neighbors? Although the idea of rebirth is as old as the Bible, Farmer's Riverworld series has to be the most interesting telling of the story. Instead of a mystical god being responsible for the rebirth, it is instead a science-driven event.
"Scattered Bodies" and the rest of the series, shows that the spirit of the adventurer is alive and well in science fiction.
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on July 15, 1999
What a sensational novel! Everyone on the planet must read this book in preparation for our own after-life experience, which, I think, won't be as far from the novel as cynics may think. And won't that be interesting? Just a long as I get my rations the same as they do!!!! Seriously though this one hell of a thought provoking series, and an amazing world to lose yourself in. One word of warning, make sure you've got nothing planned for a couple of weeks before you start to read it, YOU WILL BE HOOKED! - B out.
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on January 29, 1999
This book contains you, me and everyone else on earth. PJF not only captivates you in the first chapter, he takes hold and never lets go. He manages to take historic figures and create new realistic personalities from the old. There's no doubt in my mind that they would have developed exactly as the author envisioned. The landscapes and the infinite river will invite you to read the rest of the Riverworld series and become one of the multitudes to visit PJF's ressurected world. A world like no other.
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on August 1, 1998
Great for those who read underlines and extremely interesting for the one who wants to read a great book. I really can`t say much because it`s so different that you only have to read it, and worst when you end it a realize that they are 5 or 6 more books about it you will quit your job to end the story amazing until the end. I had it difficult to find it in the past because the spanish edition is out of print but i did it and i'm very happy not to missing it.
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on May 25, 1999
IF YOU CALL YOURSELF A SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY FAN THEN YOU ARE REQUIRED TO READ THIS BOOK. CONSIDERING ITS AGE - IT IS AMAZING HOW UP TO DATE IT SEEMS. IF YOU THOUGHT THE MOVIE "THE MATRIX" HAD A GOOD PLOT, YOU WILL LOVE THIS. A GREAT IMAGINATION AT WORK HERE. YOU WILL PROBABLY BE FORCED TO READ THE WHOLE SERIES IF YOU READ THE FIRST, SO YOU MIGHT AS WELL JUST BUY THEM ALL NOW! THEY ARE ALL GOOD.
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One of the great sci-fi classics, Farmer's "human saga" is just that; the saga of humans - All humans that ever lived! - as they confront a mystery greater than death; why they have all been resurrected upon the shores of a 10 million mile long river, and who has done this to them all. Join Mark Twain, Prince John of England, some cavemen and even an alien or two, as they journey in the Riverworld.
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on October 30, 1998
This novel launches the reader into speculation regarding what happens in the afterlife. Nowadays New Age prophets talk about the afterlife as if they were there, but when you read this novel you're certain that PJF was already there. Great stuff that should appeal to fans of the X-Files (Conspiracy, dig it?), and to new age people. Sometimes it's language can be a little offensive, so take caution.
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on November 2, 1999
In your review you state "Sir Francis Bacon would be the first to glimpse the incredible way-station", later you correct this mistake saying it was Sir Richard Burton. Burton is the correct character and makes a considerable difference. You should change this. I read this series years ago & judge all others by it. A fantastic concept copied by many authors and rarely matched.
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