River of Blue Fire

River of Blue Fire

Book - 1998
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Second book in  New York Times -bestselling author Tad Williams's cyberpunk fantasy series  * "Tad Williams is the brightest and best of the fantasists." ―Neil Gaiman, author of  American Gods 

Otherland. In many ways it is humankind's most stunning achievement: a private, multidimensional universe built over two generations by the greatest minds of the twenty-first century. But this most exclusive of places is also one of the world's best kept secrets, created and controlled by an organization made up of the world's most powerful and ruthless individuals, a private cartel known--to those who know of their existence at all--as The Grail Brotherhood.

Though their purpose in creating Otherland is still a mystery, it may not remain so for long. For they have exacted a terrible price from humanity in the process, and even their highly organized global conspiracy cannot hide the nature of their crimes forever.

And now a small band of adventurers has penetrated the veil of secrecy that prevents the uninitiated from entering Otherland. But having broken into the amazing worlds within worlds that make up this universe, they are trapped, unable to escape back to their own flesh-and-blood bodies in the real world.

And as dangers and circumstances split their party into small, widely scattered groups, their only hope of reuniting lies in returning again and again to the River that flows--in one form or another--through all the worlds.

But the odds seem to be completely against them as they--and the one outsider with whom they might join forces--become hopelessly lost in realms where an Ice Age tribe's fears can only be quenched in blood...where insects are as large and deadly as dinosaurs...where they are caught in the war between a man made of straw and one made of tin...where cartoon ads take on a life of their own...where humans strive to survive in the aftermath of an alien invasion...and where one among their party is actually The Grail Brotherhood's most terrifying weapon--a sociopathic killer who has never failed and whose current mission is to make certain that not even one member of this little invasion force lives long enough to reveal the truth about Otherland to the people of Earth...

Publisher: New York : DAW Books : c1998
ISBN: 9780886778446
Branch Call Number: WILLIAM
Characteristics: 634 p

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Jul 18, 2017

So the author's introduction mentions that these Otherland books are all one, which is broken up into four books. Thus not really having a real beginning or ending.

Which sort of reminds me of a quote that has been re-said many times in history: “Life is a journey, not a destination.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ok then, I'm a big fan of journey's. However, this book not only lacked any sense of destination, the journey was lacking also.

There was a bug world in the beginning that was super cool to see the characters explore. The most disappointing par of this book was the stolen idea from "The Wizard of Oz". I think Tad Williams has the ability to create intricate and stunning worlds. He doesn't even need to use other worlds. Sure, I can see that it was created because Grail Brotherhood members were creating worlds from the past which they were nostalgic for. However, if I wanted to read a Wizard of Oz book, I would have read Wicked or any of the other Wizard of Oz books.

So, I'm a little disappointed. It may be a while before I come back to the other books in this series.

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