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My first encounter with Marion Zimmer Bradley as an author was a long time ago when _The Mists of Avalon_ was highly recommended to me. It was a fairly new book then. I read it and liked it and started to look for other works by the author and found at a local bookstore _The House Between the Worlds_ (, originally published in 1980, and it is not part of any series). I loved it 20-odd years back and knew I would one day re-read it, but, at some point, the paperback book disappeared. So I was delighted, very recently, to find it was available as an eBook for Kindle use and immediately bought an electronic copy.
The story is very intriguing and I find it well-written. Ms. Bradley knows how to put a sentence together and is the kind of writer I appreciate. Reading one sentence compels me to read the next one and I am thoroughly entertained, not just by the story, but also by the way the story is told.
Here, the story begins on a fictional version of the University of California campus in Berkeley at the fictional Department of Parapsychology, which department does not exist at Cal in real life. But part of this book's charm, for me, was the use of real locations (when the story is taking place here in our realm of existence) with necessary changes to serve the story being told. The story takes place in parallel realms of existence, too, where things are very different. One Cam Fenton, a graduate student, is a test subject for a drug which may enhance extrasensory perception - that study is to determine whether it does. Cam finds out, however, that the drug does something different, and has an out-of-body experience where he moves into a parallel realm of existence where things are, by comparison, magical, though not necessarily wonderful all the time. His astral self, spirit or soul has traveled there, though - his body is back in the lab, apparently asleep, and that has its drawbacks. There is only so much he can do in that form.
He discovers, though, that there is a way to transport physically between realms, and that's part of the fascination of this story.
Many years later, rereading this book is entertaining me once again and I think it's a wonderful novel in the sci-fi/fantasy genre. It's around 250 pages in print, so it isn't a lengthy commitment and doesn't take a lot of time to read - nothing like _The Mists of Avalon_ in that regard. It's a nice way to spend a weekend afternoon.
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