- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (Oct. 31 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345391144
- ISBN-13: 978-0345391148
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,388,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Out of this World Mass Market Paperback – Oct 31 1994
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s troubles in his basement. But it's not water leaking in -- it's magic. Sword-carrying barbarians are spilling through, demanding that Pel help them defeat Shadow, a dark force taking over their world. Meanwhile, on the other side of town, a spaceship has crashed in Amy Jewell's backyard, and the aliens want Amy's help against the Shadow seeking to conquer their world. When Pel and Amy go through the basement portal into the world of magic, the Shadow attacks and traps them inside. Now Pel and Amy find themselves entangled in escapades that will make them into heroes . . . or corpses.
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If you have read another Lawrence Watt Evans book, and are looking to read more of his work, don't make this trilogy it. Read ALL his other books first, then wait for new books to come out as you will be disappointed by this work.
The violence towards women being 'unnesacary'? Man, are you ever out of touch. This series is brutal. It's nasty. Scary, evil horrible, awful stuff happens because that's the kind of place The Empire IS.
Anywho, it's a book. I enjoyed it in my own way but it is NOT reality.
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Boy was I mistaken!
It is a grim, dismal story with an enormous (unnecessary) amount of violence, especially rape and child molestation.
It takes place in three realities: the "real" world, a fantasy world with magic and fairies, and a hard sci-fi world.
As soon as the characters from the first two-worlds travel to the sci-fi world, the story gets pessimistic and extremely mean spirited. Major characters you have come to know and care about are horribly murdered and also tortured and raped.
I don't mind gritty and even dark sci-fi stories, but this one seemed to be mean-spirited for no reason at all. Characters are hurt and killed, it seems like, only to make the protagonist unhappy.
As a woman, all the violence towards women and children in this novel deeply disturbed me. I thought most, if not all, of it was unnecessary. The same ending for the protagonist could have been achieved by leaving some characters in their home world, or sending them back home once they had arrived in the sci-fi world.
Once I came to the end of the story, it was obvious that this book was just the build-up of the story and a sequel was on its way.
I read this book a few years ago, but I have absolutely no plans to read the sequel. After reading just this first one I have had enough of this author. I came away from this book with a very bad taste in my mouth.