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  1. says:

    This review covers the series To the uninitiated, Riverworld is a five book series written between 1971 to 1983 In order, the books are To Your Scattered Bodies GoThe Fabulous RiverboatThe Dark DesignThe Magic Labyrinth The Gods of Riverworld I did not read the fifth book, and you will see why in this review To sum up quickly and without revealing too much The Riverworld is a mysterious alien planet on which nearly all human beings have been resurrected minus very young children How and This review covers the series To the uninitiated, Riverworld is a five book series written between 1971 to 1983 In order, the books are To Your Scattered Bodies GoThe Fabulous RiverboatThe Dark DesignThe Magic Labyrinth The Gods of Riverworld I did not read the fifth book, and you will see why in this review To sum up quickly and without revealing too much The Riverworld is a mysterious alien planet on which nearly all human beings have been resurrected minus very young children How and why this has happened is a mystery not expained until the climax of the fourth book The alien planet is a vast river valley, hence Riverworld I won t go into too many of the attributes of Riverworld, except to say that each human being is supplied with a grail a device that, when coupled with various artifacts on the surface of the planet, magically produces food, liquid, and various consumable luxuries The conceit of the story, and one which is well done, is that since EVERYONE who has ever lived is alive again, famous people from history can and are our main characters Richard Burton the explorer , Sam Clemens, Hermann Goring, and many others populate the narrative, as does a character clearly modeled after Philip Jose Farmer Peter Jarius Frigate This device works rather well, I think it s clever and there is certainly an element of enjoyment to be had by reading about Mark Twain fighting against King John, for example The forays into philosophy becomeandfrequent and lengthy as the series goes on, but the main themes of the series are redemption and religion, with quite a bit of old time can do adventure thrown in There are many rollicking fight scenes, though sometimes individual novels would seem to be built around such fight scenes Nevertheless, the series is captivating and elusive enough to warrant a go.The entire series is also built around exploring the central, twin mystery of HOW and WHY the Riverworldians called Ethicals in the story built this place what could possibly be the purpose of raising EVERY SINGLE human being from the dead In a series as long and deep as this one, I don t think it would have been possible to answer that mystery satisfyingly enough Sadly, Farmer is not able to deliver a solution to the mystery that is wholly satisfactory, though it is thoughtful and rather interesting In reading multiple reviews of the final book, The Gods of Riverworld, I got the very strong impression reading it would ruin my experience with the first four I have so far decided to avoid the fifth book.So, overall, I very much enjoyed the series The central idea was and is quite intruiging, and Farmer explores it very well If you re not a fan of rather long digressions into philosophy, this may not appeal to you Otherwise, I recommend this series


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    The premise is so good The execution is so bad Maybe the later books make up for it I m sure in a year or so, I ll look back on the book and think, Ah, I was too harsh I should give the next one a shot Then I ll read the next book and remember why I hated the first one.My main gripe with the book The prose The style The frakin passive voice Also, the excruciating over attention to measurement The lighter was three quarters of an in in width and two inches in height Really Gee, gla The premise is so good The execution is so bad Maybe the later books make up for it I m sure in a year or so, I ll look back on the book and think, Ah, I was too harsh I should give the next one a shot Then I ll read the next book and remember why I hated the first one.My main gripe with the book The prose The style The frakin passive voice Also, the excruciating over attention to measurement The lighter was three quarters of an in in width and two inches in height Really Gee, glad I know what a lighter looks like now.Also I keep getting the Mary Sue vibe from Burton Dunno, maybe that s just me.Granted, there were some good sentences here or there Especially the opening and the last bit at the end But god, the info dumps and rambling exposition and pondering were just too much


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    As I make my way through all the Hugo Award winners, I am discovering unfortunately that several books are parts of a seriesI may read a winner and the story is not resolved or even worse it is in the middle or end of a series To Your Scattered Bodies Go was the Hugo winner here and it ends abruptly with no resolution to any questions or mysteries which at first I wanted to know the answers to Then I read The Fabulous Riverboat which is set on the same Riverworld but did little to a As I make my way through all the Hugo Award winners, I am discovering unfortunately that several books are parts of a seriesI may read a winner and the story is not resolved or even worse it is in the middle or end of a series To Your Scattered Bodies Go was the Hugo winner here and it ends abruptly with no resolution to any questions or mysteries which at first I wanted to know the answers to Then I read The Fabulous Riverboat which is set on the same Riverworld but did little to answer anything in the first part And THAT story just ended as well with no resolution Despite Farmer creating an extremely mysterious and creative world, at this point I really have no desire to continue the series TheI read about the beings who inhabit Riverworld, the less I care to understand exactly why they are there


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    The concept of this book was very interesting, it was very poor execution I didn t like any of the characters and I didn t really care what happened to Burton You could definitely tell it was an older book, there was lots of sexist views towards women Burton was very bad at this, he talked about not caring about a woman s brains, just wanted her to be beautiful Ugh, what a jerk Every man in the the book had to hurry and find a woman to claim as his I also didn t like how the most of charac The concept of this book was very interesting, it was very poor execution I didn t like any of the characters and I didn t really care what happened to Burton You could definitely tell it was an older book, there was lots of sexist views towards women Burton was very bad at this, he talked about not caring about a woman s brains, just wanted her to be beautiful Ugh, what a jerk Every man in the the book had to hurry and find a woman to claim as his I also didn t like how the most of characters in the book were real people People that I knew nothing about without looking them up on the internet, not very creative of the author Toward to end of the book, I just wanted to stop reading about Burton and I didn t care at all about the stupid river or anything about the story 1 star out of 5


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    My book club reads through the Hugo List 1972 winner Fascinating premise around reincarnation or resurrection, but fails to deliver in the end The characters are fairly one dimensional, and I don t care enough to think through the faulty mechanics of every person ever born ending up on this planet and continually being resurrected in a great river, how food and certain vices are provided each day at various spawn points , or who the Ethicals the creators are Perhaps, it getsinterest My book club reads through the Hugo List 1972 winner Fascinating premise around reincarnation or resurrection, but fails to deliver in the end The characters are fairly one dimensional, and I don t care enough to think through the faulty mechanics of every person ever born ending up on this planet and continually being resurrected in a great river, how food and certain vices are provided each day at various spawn points , or who the Ethicals the creators are Perhaps, it getsinteresting later in the series, but I lack the desire to see this thought experiment through


  6. says:

    I couldn t finish it Who wants to hear Sam Clemens whine about his sad life for eternity Not this girl.


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    This is for The Fabulous Riverboat I reviewed To Your Scattered Bodies Go separately This, I think, is the one book in the series of the four I read when I was younger that really drags on Farmer uses As You Know, Bob a bit much, goes into a little too much detail at times, and is also trying to describe each of the groups that is going to do something at this point, we re not sure what without telling us too much about anything farther down the road As a result, much of the book is a d This is for The Fabulous Riverboat I reviewed To Your Scattered Bodies Go separately This, I think, is the one book in the series of the four I read when I was younger that really drags on Farmer uses As You Know, Bob a bit much, goes into a little too much detail at times, and is also trying to describe each of the groups that is going to do something at this point, we re not sure what without telling us too much about anything farther down the road As a result, much of the book is a drawn out way of saying And then they built a boat We also begin to see the redevelopment of technology that existed on Earth as written some of it perfectly reasonable to recreate, but other aspects, I would think, would be surprisingly hard to do entirely from memory, and as far as we know, the Mysterious Stranger isn t dropping laptops and such to help people recover this technology Nor could he these books were published in 1971, far before any kind of personal computer was available to the masses, much less a portable one The final issue is that, well, people are people, so of course King John is going to be who he is, and of course Sam is going to hope otherwise, etc So there are a lot of places in this book where you wish they would just HURRY UP AND GET ON WITH IT, but that s not how this book works To be fair, it s a very cool story if you haven t read it already, and of course when you know a series will last longer than two books, it s very hard to make the middle books anything other than links It s just difficult on a second reading to read through the entire leadup to the actual voyage on which they embark


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    This is the most amazing book It has been YEARS since I read Sci Fi To Your Scattered Bodies Go is simply awesome Burton was a good action hero and the plot moved along making the world unfold and the mysteries maddening.However, I was not impressed with The Fabulous Riverboat for a lot of reasons 1 The plot didn t move along I kept wondering when something was going to happen As a writer I ve heard of sagging middles this was a good example.2 Sam Clemens didn t act his age This is the most amazing book It has been YEARS since I read Sci Fi To Your Scattered Bodies Go is simply awesome Burton was a good action hero and the plot moved along making the world unfold and the mysteries maddening.However, I was not impressed with The Fabulous Riverboat for a lot of reasons 1 The plot didn t move along I kept wondering when something was going to happen As a writer I ve heard of sagging middles this was a good example.2 Sam Clemens didn t act his age niether his mental age or his physical age He came across asof a weasle than King John not like someone witty enough to have written all that satire 3 I got the feeling that Joe Miller was gay or that Farmer gave Miller the personality of Sam Clemens It wasn t the lisp I hated having to de code his dialog as much as the words he used it sounded like he had eaten a theasaurus I m very disappointed and will not buy the rest of the series I am glad that the first book was worth the 10 I paid for both books This was originally 5 stars, but I m knocking it down to 2 stars


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    Since this is books 1 2 together, the rating ends up as a 3 Book 1 I d give a 4.5, but Book 2 a generous 2 The concept of the Riverworld is great, and the story and characters in the first book are interesting and appealing with a dark humor But the 2nd book doesn t go anywhere until the very end, and the main character, Sam Clemens, is so unappealing that I was glad at his misfortune, and glad for the book to end Don t know if I ll continue with the series the next book sees the return o Since this is books 1 2 together, the rating ends up as a 3 Book 1 I d give a 4.5, but Book 2 a generous 2 The concept of the Riverworld is great, and the story and characters in the first book are interesting and appealing with a dark humor But the 2nd book doesn t go anywhere until the very end, and the main character, Sam Clemens, is so unappealing that I was glad at his misfortune, and glad for the book to end Don t know if I ll continue with the series the next book sees the return of the main character from Book 1, but other reviews here say the philosophy gets heavy from here on Clemens inconsistent determinism was bad enough and for a whole book so maybe I ll pass


  10. says:

    I read these in high school so I can t be too confident about my rating


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Riverworld: To Your Scattered Bodies Go/The Fabulous Riverboat From Award Winning Author Philip Jose Farmer Comes His Most Famous Science Fiction Work The First Combined Edition Of The First Two Riverworld Novels, To Your Scattered Bodies Go And The Fabulous RiverboatImagine That Every Human Who Ever Lived, From The Earliest Neanderthals To The Present, Is Resurrected After Death On The Banks Of An Astonishing And Seemingly Endless River On An Unknown World They Are Miraculously Provided With Food, But With Not A Clue To The Possible Meaning Of This Strange Afterlife And So Billions Of People From History, And Before, Must Start Living AgainSome Set Sail On The Great River Questing For The Meaning Of Their Resurrection, And To Find And Confront Their Mysterious Benefactors On This Long Journey, We Meet Sir Richard Francis Burton, Mark Twain, Odysseus, Cyrano De Bergerac, And Many Others, Most Of Whom Embark Upon Searches Of Their Own In This Huge AfterlifeThe Basis Of The Television Miniseries From Syfy Charts A Territory Somewhere Between Gulliver S Travels And The Lord Of The RingsTime