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5.0 out of 5 stars A light, but not frivolous tale of ancient Egypt and time travel., February 25, 2012
Solipso (Los Angeles, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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PYRAMIDS shuttles back and forth between ancient Egypt and a student's life in 1987 Chicago. The student, Tom Scheffler, caretakes his rich uncle's apartment while the uncle is on a trip. With the plethora of ancient Egyptian artifacts in the apartment, Tom's curiosity gets the better of him. He discovers a time machine, and he and his girlfriend become trapped in the desert of the Great Pyramid. Their best chance of returning to Chicago is to help a futuristic human named Pilgrim.

Primarily a science-fiction adventure of time travel, an element of fantasy appears at the end, though it is supported by scientific rationale. The writing is typical of Fred Saberhagen: unpretentious, conventional, and easy to read. Focus is on story, with multiple viewpoints and variegated elements that proceed toward mergence. Depending on your reading speed, you might zip through the book in a few hours, but do not scorn it because of its brevity. The storytelling is commendable.

Some readers may object to the novel's lightness. Okay, if you have been reading a lot of children's literature, you may be hungry for some adult blood, gore, and intensity, some graphic sexuality, and maybe a hero or two who suddenly dies. Sorry, that does not happen here. And though one of PYRAMID's characters migrates toward evil, he pulls up short of full immersion. Yet Saberhagen's characters are one reason for my five-star rating. He devotes thought to each of them, they distinguish themselves, and their convincing personalities help the book's unbelievable concepts become believable.

Nevertheless, if you insist on being depressed, read something else. This story's ending is happy.
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Pyramids by Fred Saberhagen (Paperback - Jan. 1987)
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