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Worlds without End (Shadowrun 18) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1995

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (October 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451453719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451453716
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adam Zimmermann on August 23, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
this book was un like any other shadowrun book novel i've ever read. it was in the first person with the perspective from the same character the whole time, there were not shoot'em up sequences or heavy battle scenes and the ending well(dont wanna give it away) wasn't like the other SR novels i've read.
But i liked it. i love shadowrun novels the way they are most of the time but this was a very interesting glimpse into the life one imortal elf. the story was good, the writing was good, and all the characters were good. i enjoyed reading it in the first person. it was a nice change and let us get a more indepth look at aina the main character.
the creatures like elfs and dragons are a very interesting part of shadowrun because they have lived through different cycles of magic and know more about it than anyone. i wish i could read the other two books the author wrote for Earthdawn but i dont think they were published... but i might try some other ED novels just to see what that world was like.
the only thing i was disapointed in was that it didn't realy have much of a climax and the ending read more like the beginging to the trilogy and not the end. i know the dragon heart series kind of followed up(in a more traditional setting) on the subject of the evil enemy and included a little bit of aina and halequin ended up playing an important roll.
WWE's different style was a refreshing change from the normal SR novel, because lets face it, most SR novels are pretty much the same. although i love them it does get kind of boring reading stories with the same formula all the time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By joemat@uni-hohenheim.de on January 20, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ok, this is not one of the usual SR-novels with a big, bad Con and brave, altruistic runners (don't get me wrong, I like those also) - but its a great book nonetheless ! The plot may be not easy to understand for someone who has no experience with the world of Earthdawn, but if you have, this is the most important step in SR-history that far... the horrors have finally and definitely come back to the world!! To those who complain about how "easy" the horror was defeated at the end I have to say : "You did not understand the end (and most of the plot before) at all!!"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book for the Earthdawn-Shadowrun crossover. Personally, I find the Fourth World/immortal elf etc aspect of Shadowrun fascinating.
So if you're like me, well, WWE has immortal elves galore, and adds more fuel to the whole 'background threat' aspect of Shadowrun.
But what horrible writing!
Clearly, the author could not reveal too much about Shadowrun's backstory. But that is no excuse for a poorly thought-out plot, and weak writing. The feeling is that the characters are moved from one set-piece to another, not because of any real need in the storyline, but because there is a perceived need for certain things to happen. The explanation to resolve a certain ambiguity in the Tir Tairngire sourcebook is made a contrived fashion which exemplifies the tone of the book.
And it is extremely difficult to sympathise with a rude, cranky anti-heroine with poor communication skills.
A final criticism - this book appears to be of the same thickness as other Shadowrun novels, but the content falls sadly short. Lots of space at the start of each chapter, and larger than usual font. And an excerpt from another novel pads the thickness of the book somemore.
FASA would have done better to edit this 'novel' a lot more heavily and published it as a short story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Harrison on August 7, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Worlds Without End suffers from some weaknesses -- not the least of which is its status as the third part of a trilogy with the first two parts missing.

The one-star reviews that highlight the lack of action and lack of emphasis on futuristic technology (one of the bigger draws of the SR universe) are spot on... to a point.

WWE is a personal story. It is a story that draws on the ancient relationships between the immortal elves of the SR universe, and the threat that they (and the dragons) know is coming (due to past experience), but believe is still a couple thousand years away. These beings are so powerful that action and tech don't really have a place in the tale. If you come to WWE expecting a cyberpunk flavored Mission Impossible, you're going to be sorely disappointed.

If, one the other hand, you are interested at a peek behind the conspiracy of the immortal elves, and how they may have passed the time between the Fourth World and the Sixth, then you should find WWE an enjoyable (if not compelling) read.

As an interesting side-note, the first two parts of the series, "Scars" and "Little Treasures" are slated for release I'm looking forward to finally reading the first two chapters of this saga, and having some of the hazier details of WWE brought into sharper focus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is not an action novel.
Take your basic immortal elf. She survives one horrible set of circumstances, albeit with severe emotional trauma. She spends a few bad millenia, only to find that the trouble is returning, worse than before. And throw in a little bit of a Cassandra complex, too.
Just like in the Shadowrun game, the main characters are so powerful that using them for action sequences would be overkill. This book is about emotions- fears, hates, grudges, etc. On that level it succeeds, and I can't wait to see more of the same, if it ever gets published.
This is one of the few Shadowrun stories that might have made it on its own WITHOUT the background universe.
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