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Gods of Riverworld Paperback – Bargain Price, February 1, 2011
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"A FEAST FOR THE IMAGINATION."
--Los Angeles Times
"A virtual playground for SF's growing fascination with history."
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
'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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Starting to get tedious & repetitive. Still good reading, You can skip over sections, w/o midding anything.Published 6 months ago by DJ'sDad
The whole series is great syfy although it gets bogged down with character details and violence at times.Published 13 months ago by David M Adams
I did not read the first 4 novels in this series; fortunately, the author provided a bit of a synopsis in this, the fifth and final book, "Gods of Riverworld. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Tasawuf
Magical and wonderful, read up on RF Burton one of the most interesting men in the last 300 yearsPublished 18 months ago by Sealboy
This is definitely the weakest of the series - which began as one of my favorites.Published 18 months ago by rock doctor
Read many years ago and started to read again. Emphasize started to read.Published 19 months ago by Anthony F Wolf
The Gods of Riverworld is the fifth and final book of the Riverworld series. In the third and fourth books of the series The Dark Design and The Magic Labyringth, the author makes... Read morePublished on October 12, 2013 by Dan Shaffer
Over-the-top (Literally) of the million-mile-long river; new characters. new introduction of previous characters and a virtual plethora (don't you just adore that phrase... Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by Joel Keen