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Gods of Riverworld Paperback – Bargain Price, February 1, 2011

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Praise for the novels of Riverworld:

“A feast for the imagination.”
—Los Angeles Times

“A virtual playground for SF’s growing fascination with history.”
—Locus

“Farmer’s blend of intellectual daring and pulp-fiction prose found a world-wide audience…sprawling, episodic works gave him room to explore the nuances of a provocative premise while indulging his taste for lurid, violent action.”
—The New York Times

“An excellent science fiction writer, far more skillful than I am.”
—Isaac Asimov

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"A FEAST FOR THE IMAGINATION."
--Los Angeles Times

"A virtual playground for SF's growing fascination with history."
--Locus
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Riverworld (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765326566
  • ASIN: B0071UI9JG
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,795,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This is the 5th book in the Riverworld series.
The main character is now only Burton, although the story does focus on other characters in his party for brief amounts of time.
The main plot here is having reached the tower and solved its mystery the party must now solve the mystery of a Renegade in control of the tower. The story centers on this and also the pleasures they take by using the almost god-like power of the computer in the tower.
This is a pretty good novel but the boring sequences from the last one are here in spades and now come in the form of intricate backgrounds of each of the characters. Also there is a strange weirdness you may feel while reading this because of the fact that the whole book 326 pages takes place in the tower in a relatively short period of time. This is where many other reviewers got the notion that the Author just threw this book in to make some cash.
Still it's exciting to follow Burton around without the hindrances of a huge amount of people and one thing I can say about this novel and the one previous is that towards the very end there is a point where everything is explained. It's kind the equivalent of the bad guy in Scooby Doo removing his mask and explaining why he "could have pulled it of if it weren't for those darn kids." And these points are very exciting and make you sit up and pay attention since basically this is exactly what you've been waiting to find out for 5 books.
Note: There is one very specific discrepancy I would like to point out. It's around page 28, and it's where the party is talking about living together because of the Renegade, Turpin asks Frigate if he's ever been in the slammer and Frigate replies only in his own personal one.
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Format: Hardcover
As other, less generous reviewers below note, this is not necessarily indispensible-- you can read the 4-book Riverworld series without reading this and feel completely satisfied with its denouement. But Farmer is always thought-provoking, and I was pleased to have read this additional (and unquestionably final) chapter in the saga. As Farmer so often does, here again he completely confounds expectations and reverses the "truth" of the previous books. Philosophizing here as in all his other works, he tackles themes that flow through his entire oeuvre-- morality, immortality, free will, theology... there's little he misses along the way. So, if the Riverworld series is your cup of tea, and the first four books pleased you, this is a solid bet-- don't miss it for the final pieces of the puzzle.
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By A Customer on February 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
After starting with a *Bang!* in 'To Your Scattered Bodies Go,' the series went steadily downhill. According to the Foreword in 'The Dark Design,' the Riverworld saga was originally intended to be a Trilogy. It would have been better to have stuck with that plan. Book Four was okay, though I groaned when I read the last line; it fairly screamed "unnecessary, just-for-the-money sequel coming!"
'Gods of Riverworld' basically lives up to that expectation. It adds nothing to the series. Some of the lead characters react and behave differently in this book than in the previous four; some of the situations are likewise unbelievable and inconsistent, as other reviewers have noted. Several interesting characters, whom we've come to care about during the series, play no part in this book, while other completely uninteresting and superficial characters are brought in for "walk-on" roles.
Perhaps the author thought this was a brilliant plot twist, but the end result is a tiresome book that serves as an unfortunate end to one of the most promising concepts in Sci-Fi literature.
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Format: Paperback
The author really should have resisted the temptation to add this last volume to a projected four-volume series. He obviously had nothing new or interesting to add, so we must suppose that he needed to pay off a new car or boat and so added this travesty of the earlier volumes. Not only does he not resolve any of the unanswered questions left at the end of volume four (which were tolerable ambiguities), but he completely destroys the essential world view and philosophical leanings that he developed in the earlier volumes. If you want a sense of completion to the series, stop with volume 4 and imagine anything else that you want to address anything you find unresolved. No matter what you decide upon, it doubtless will be better than the incredible drivel into which this volume descends. This is a volume destined to grace the bottoms of garbage pails everywhere.
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Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed the first 4 volumes of the series, even though I had some small gripes about them. This one, however, is simply a book nobody needs. The plot`s basically been finished at the end of No. 4, and though I won't spoil the fun by revealing the gimmick of the this book, I might safely tell you, that it doesn't really offer any great new insight. What we have here instead is a typical sequel: The author doesn't really have anything more to say, but since the readers are willing to buy another volume, the author's gonna write it. The reslt is a book filled with situations that are anything but credible. Would you believe, for example, that people decide not to do anything about an armed takeover of their home, because they don't want to miss a party they've been invited to? Or that they spend days pursuing an unknown person that causes strange things to happen - and then one day they just stop doing so, because they just find something else to do? It just doesn't work - and that goes for the whole book: It just doesn't work. Read the first four and skip this one - or if you must read it, get it from a library.
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