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on February 5, 2002
Once you have become familiar the Riverworld concept, having read " To Your Scattered Bodies Go", this second book really is fascinating. It deals with how Mark Twain interacts with treacherous characters such as rotten King John, as well as his earthly wife Livy(who is now in love with Cyrano de Bergerac)as he pursues his dream of building the Boat which will take him to the headwaters of the River, in order to solve the mystery of the Riverworld. Farmer excels in bringing these characters to life, and shows his excellent grasp of human nature in his portrayal of the wars of neighbouring nations, and the fights for supremacy that really would occur in this scenario. Using real life characters somehow even adds more realism to this amazing tale. Farmer's imagination is unparalleled, and the Riverworld series is a must for anyone with a sense of wonder.
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on May 11, 1998
Book 2 of the fantastic Riverworld series. Read in order. A world of resurrection where every soul who ever lived is brought back to indefinite life - where death is but a temporary inconvenience. Among the billions clawing through warfare, slavery and violent aggression is Samuel Clemens, alias Mark Twain. Sam's dream is to build a Mississippi style riverboat and travel to the source of the River (Riverworld's artery). Even with the aid of one of the mysterious beings responsible for Riverworld and his neanderthal blood brother he is hard put to bring his dream to life.There are others, King John for example who will stop at nothing to get the Fabulous Riverboat.
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on February 2, 2002
This is one of my all-time great series. Since everyone who ever lived is in this world, I keep on looking for myself in the story. The Fabulous Riverboat is arguably the best book of the series, but I deeply enjoyed them all. The idea for this series
is ingenius and a gold mine of plot opportunities with every
charactor in history (and pre-history to draw from). My only
regret is that Mr. Farmer has only written one other book (of
short stories) on this theme. I am a great fan of Mr.Farmer.
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on September 12, 1999
I read this book 20years ago and have not been able to find this book or it's sequel. Not remembering the authors name made it that much more difficult. Thanks to Yahoo my dream was made possible just by typing in the title, It has been like watching a vidio tape of a movie 20 years ago half way and not being able to find the tape until now. Thanks Yahoo.....
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on September 25, 1998
This book is a must! I not only enjoyed it a lot with its fantasy and fiction, but I learnt history and many philosopical new questions arised to me! I really recomend it if you want to spend a good time and you want to think in the same moment!
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on March 4, 1999
I read this book ten years ago and have been trying to find it since. it is probably the most engrossing history lesson i have ever wanted to pay attention to. EVERYONE is there...what ?? This is one of the most amazing stories ever!
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on March 25, 1999
This is only the confirmation of what other readers expressed.Great,absolutely to read
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on June 14, 2000
makes u wanna buy em all at once
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