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Spider finally manages not-so-short stories,
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This review is from: The Lifehouse Trilogy (Lifehouse Series) (Hardcover)
Spider Robinson has made his mark in writing short stories, especially the Callahan series. So far I had been unconvinced by his attempts at longer stuff, though the 'Lady Mary' novels are also witty, impertinent and loaded with abominable puns ('Lady Slings the Booze'...). What is usually lacking in his long novels is pace: true son of the sixties that he is, Spider takes his time and meanders leisurily through his story. It is pleasurable, full of invention, cozy aso, but... yawns do happen in the reading.
The Lifehouse Trilogy is even more ambitious a project in length, since the threee novels in it actually share their main characters (if you can still call'em characters... but no spoiler!) and story thread, at different places in time. It partakes of Robinson's usual qualities, and for a change it gets much more catching than his other novels (I include Very Bad Deaths in the paceless kind). The second one relapses a bit in that respect, being basically an egotistical journal of a hippie in the North, but actually this is in accordance with the psyche of the narrator at this point in time, so when all is said and done it is pardonable, situated between the action-packed first and third novels. The initial idea of the last novel is so original, so incredibly delicious that I envy the reader who will discover it.
The overall plot is extremely original, with a (last?) trend of the hippy optimism and a vision of mankind eventually coming of age. (sigh) not likely, but maybe this is not fiction? Keep your fingers crossed.