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The Paths Of The Perambulator Paperback – 1988


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Orbit; paperback / softback edition (1988)
  • ISBN-10: 0708830269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708830260
  • ASIN: B004678EPG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,241,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Dean Foster's work to date includes excursions into hard science-fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He has also written numerous non-fiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving, as well as having produced the novel versions of many films, including such well-known productions as "Star Wars", the first three "Alien" films, "Alien Nation", and "The Chronicles of Riddick". Other works include scripts for talking records, radio, computer games, and the story for the first "Star Trek" movie. His novel "Shadowkeep" was the first ever book adapation of an original computer game. In addition to publication in English his work has been translated into more than fifty languages and has won awards in Spain and Russia. His novel "Cyber Way" won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first work of science-fiction ever to do so.

Foster's sometimes humorous, occasionally poignant, but always entertaining short fiction has appeared in all the major SF magazines as well as in original anthologies and several "Best of the Year" compendiums. His published oeuvre includes more than 100 books.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ugly Bob on June 15, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Spellsinger series has been one of my favorites since I was nine, and I still find myself flipping through a volume every now and then. In this fifth book in the series, reluctant hero Jon Tom and a new band of aliies are on a mission to save the world (yet again). A being of pure chaos has accidentally got itself caught in Jon Tom's adoptive universe, and unless it's freed soon, the world will end. This book is characteristic of the series, full of high adventure, wonderful humor and believable, detailed characters which make this series such a geat read. Foster's unusually personal approach to characters, both essential and otherwise, is given a bit more exposure in Paths' than in most other volumes in the series. While Paths' may not be one of the best books in the series, it's still an excellent read. I reccomend this for SCA members who at any time have thought "You know what we need? A big talking otter with the sophistications of a small lump of gravel and a sex drive you could use to move a thirty ton truck."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For those who are like me and have kept track of the series, I'm not going to mention character descriptions. For those who've never read any of the books, I suggest reading "Spell Singer 1", otherwise, you'll have no idea what is being discussed.
Mudge, in this installment goes well beyond his normal complaining self...and some of his predicaments left me rolling with laughter. The book delves far deeper into Clothahump's feelings than any in the past.
The book does start off, however, with some very confusing, and questionable points of logic...i.e. the concept of "nothingness". I'll not spoil it for you, but keep in mind, you don't have to understand that to enjoy the book.
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The same-ness starts getting to you in binge reading.

This is the fifth book of the spellsinger series. However, there ends up (other than the first) being a level of same-ness to the stories. A problem appears. Jon-Tom has to go take care of it. Mudge doesn't want to go (Although I'll note he does want to go this time, after deciding that everywhere else is too dangerous). They take a long journey. Jon-Tom succeeds in getting them past the problem, except for one time when Mudge has to save them. They get to the problem, and things go badly, until Jon-Tom manages to defeat/solve the problem. There is a hint that more adventures continue. When the next book starts, those adventures haven't appeared, but details from the previous story have been dropped.

This book: Problem = magical force of the universe is trapped, making widespread changes to reality.
Problem Mudge has to solve = Cage of insults
Dropped threads into the next novel = Colin (and technically Dormas, but that one at least makes sense.) I *am* glad to see that the Jon-Tom / Talea relationship didn't suddenly reset / disappear into the next novel, like it did between 2 & 3.

Last book, problem = An evil wizard who may be from Jon-Tom's world that's taken over a town. Problem Mudge has to solve = Plated folk colony. Dropped threads into the next novel = the troupe of otters they've picked up along the way.

That said, they're entertaining escapist fiction. If you've liked the others, you'll like this one.
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Not in this case it isn't. What it is, is even harder to answer, but they had better find out before it destroys the world or their sanity. If they can't figure it out they might well wind up permanently perturbed!

Another fun romp in the Spellsinger series.
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By Wolf17 on September 27, 2013
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Book 4 of Spellsinger, "The Moment of the Magician", was a great book but the quality slightly decline. I picked up book 5 and as I began to read, I felt like it was one of thebest stories I have ever read. The well built cast is back, feeling new as you read this book. Jon-Tom, the Spellsinger, anti-hero Mudge the otter, wizard Clothahump, alcohalic Sobrle and a new character or 2 along the way. Yes, the novel has a few quirks, like a villian that feels under developed due to lack of page time and the novel is 20-30 pages shorter than the other 4 books but still, the quick jabs at humor, the well written plot line and the mentions of our real world is what wants to keep us all reading. Every time I closed this book, I wanted to keep reading it to the end. I really recomend this to all the people who love old sci-fy. It`s hard to get, but I still think it`s almost worth the trouble to get.
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