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Riverworld: Including To Your Scattered Bodies Go & The Fabulous Riverboat Paperback – March 30, 2010
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“[A] jolting conception, brought off with tremendous skill.” ―The Times (London)
“Impressively imaginative and well-researched.” ―Evening Standard (London)
“One of the most imaginative worlds in science fiction!” ―Booklist
About the Author
Philip José Farmer was one of the great SF writers of the 20th Century. He lived in Peoria, Illinois.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you were a human being who was more than five years old when you died, and if you lived and died any time beyond 99,000 B.C. up to and including 1983 A.D., you are resurrected along the banks of The River. If you lived and died beyond 1983, you will also be resurrected there, but you are not in this particular Riverworld saga. Famous persons who are in this saga are Mark Twain, Jack London, Hermann Goring, and Mozart. Less famous persons are numerous, including Sir Richard Francis Burton, Alice Liddell, Cyrano de Bergerac, and Tom Mix.
The story involves characters trying to discover who built Riverworld and why it was built. Mysteries arise, secrets are revealed, hardships and treacheries are endured. Eventually, after some twists and turns, everything comes to light.
Five novels are included in the four volumes of Tor's latest trade-paperback editions. The first volume, RIVERWORLD, contains the first two novels: TO YOUR SCATTERED BODIES GO and THE FABULOUS RIVERBOAT. These two are short, but they are agreeably paced and stick to the storyline. Increasingly as you progress through DARK DESIGN, THE MAGIC LABYRINTH, and GODS OF RIVERWORLD, more and more passages are slow. Depending on the reader, they are not necessarily bad, but neither are they necessary for the progression of the story. For example, we get mini biographies of some of the historical characters. Also, particularly in the last two books, characters think and talk about philosophical issues, like the human soul.Read more ›
I have now read the entire series half a dozen times and I never get tired of this incredible journey.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While I laud the initial premise of Riverworld in "To Your Scattered Bodies Go," the second offering "The Fabulous Riverboat" bogged down quite a bit. Read morePublished 25 days ago by L. A. Veronie II
Much like his World of Tiers books, the author create a whole new world while making it plausible. Great read, must have the entire series for it all to come together,Published 2 months ago by Kanjc
Philip Jose Farmer brought the kink to my science fiction.
Actually, Philip Jose Farmer brought the kink to science fiction in general. Read more
Interesting read...on the third book now so I must be enjoying it.Published 5 months ago by Thunderkat
Reread from years ago. Not as exciting as it once was but, a good read overallPublished 6 months ago by Everett McGinnis
Great reading, real interesting concept. make you want to read all of the series.Published 8 months ago by DJ'sDad
Good book. Different science fiction story. I haven't read anything like this. I would recommend to others.
Religion is touched upon. Read more