River of Blue Fire

River of Blue Fire

Book - 1998
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Return to Otherland in River of Blue Fire, the second novel of Tad Williams? epic series. Otherland, a virtual realityuniverse where any fantasy can come true, is ruled by the unimaginable wealthy and ruthless power brokers known as The Grail Brotherhood. Constructed over two generations, consuming extraordinary amounts of money and lives, Otherland has begun to claim Earth's most valuable resource: its children. Now, in River of Blue Fire, the group of unlikely heroes who have taken up the challenge of this perilous and seductive realm are brought together briefly, only to be thrown into different worlds, split by mistrust, and stalked at every turn by the serial killer Dread and the mysterious Nemesis....' The DAW hardcover edition of Otherland has over 120,000 copies in print? River of Blue Fire: Otherland Vol. 2 is the secondnovel of an exciting new series that will appeal not onlyto a science fiction/fantasy audience, but also to readersof science fiction and mainstream best-sellers? To Green Angel Tower was a New York Times andLondon Times hardcover best-seller? Spectacular cover art by Michael Whelan
Publisher: New York : DAW Books : Distributed by Penguin Putnam, c1998
ISBN: 9780886777777
Characteristics: xix, 634 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Otherland : River of blue fire


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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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