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MANY COLORED LAND Mass Market Paperback – Jun 12 1983

4.6 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1st thus edition (June 12 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345309898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345309891
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 45 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #262,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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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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It's difficult to assign a genre to this four-part series, which is really the strength of Ms. May's writing. She has a firm grasp of so many fields (general science, language, history, geology, sports, cultural myths, etc.) that are very well incorporated into her stories. May blends relevant factual details into her fantasy/science fiction journey, making the leaps of logic required to "believe" so much easier. Her characters are complex but still identifiable. Her settings unusual and exotic. And her overall story refreshingly original, a real treat in the fiction world. True, the core characters are introduced over a few hundred pages, making a first time read difficult. However, the story really accelerates thereafter, and the reader appreciates the detail May provides throughout the remainder of the series.
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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