- Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Harpercollins (September 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006100328X
- ISBN-13: 978-0061003288
- Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 4.2 x 6.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,032,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Doorways in the Sand Mass Market Paperback – September, 1991
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Fred manages to escape the dread specter of graduation one more time by signing up for field work in Australia, a literature course on troubadours, and two hours credit for advanced basket weaving.
He has other problems, though. There are the strange messages that sometimes appear as sky-writing: "DO YOU SMELL ME DED?" His old roommate gets married, and when Fred attempts to lure a newer, more beautiful model into his apartment, she bolts upon encountering a state of total dishevelment. It's not Fred's fault. Someone has done a thorough job of ransacking his digs. Furthermore, that someone is now waiting for him in his bedroom closet.
Where is the starstone, Fred?
Many shootings, beatings, narrow escapes, eccentric professors, and aliens-on-a-mission later, we (and Fred) finally discover the missing starstone.
Fred's nasty, pipe-smoking advisor finally figures out a way to make him graduate.
Then Fred's adventures really begin.Read more ›
Fred Cassidy has a gimmick - the terms of his scholarship guarantee that it will continue until he completes a degree. And so, for the past thirteen years Fred has managed to stay a full time student and carefully evade the conditions for graduation. Suddenly, though, his carefree lifestyle has become more complicated at a recent party a copy of the Star Stone - an interplanetary relic that has been gifted to earth as part of a diplomatic exchange -- disappears. Only it turns out that the copy isn't a copy, but the real thing. Now no one knows where it is, but it's gone, and everyone from organleggers to policemen dressed in wombat suits are chasing after Fred.
Worse, Fred keeps getting subliminal messages that may or may not be well intentioned. With the galactic future of the Earth at stake, Fred's only resource is his ability to climb anything with more than one story. Fortunately this stands him in good stead, since he must spend a good deal of his time escaping. Just ask yourself how you would feel in the grasp of a giant, telepathic slime mold.
It was a real treat to reread Doorways in the Sand after all this time. This was an era where an author could stop long enough for his characters to have a philosophical discussion and a glass of iso-whiskey.Read more ›
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A book I had when it was new and missed for years--still a good readPublished 1 month ago by Meri F. Clason
A college student who makes his living by not graduating finds things out of his control .Published 12 months ago by Craig J.
Everything that Roger writes about is great. If you have never read
Doorways in the Sand, you are missing out on a truly great adventure. Read more
Ah, yes. The bicentenntial was a pretty good year for science fiction novels. Roger Zelazny made a strong return with this three-part serial in _Analog_, along with some handsome... Read morePublished on March 16, 2014 by Paul Camp
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A charismatic and mischievous student finds himself entangled in a detective story regarding an alien artifact, which, in typical, bigger than life, Zelaznesque mode, comes with... Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by Adman
For reals though, this is a well written book. I would expect no less from The Zelazny. I enjoy almost everything he writes, and this book is no exception. Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by Greg Fakenameeson
The author strikes a great balance between literary flourish and readability. There's plenty of interesting phrasing to sink your teeth into, but its never so obtuse as to require... Read morePublished on July 4, 2011 by Wolf