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Charisma (Arcadia)

3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  46 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
A murder mystery which involves the main character John Maine traveling to different parallel worlds, but the only worlds he can travel to are the ones in which his 'other self' is dead.
Mass Market Paperback, 250 pages
Published 1979 by Dell Publishing (first published 1975)
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Apr 06, 2014 Ian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
During the 1970s, there were a number of male British sf writers all working (mostly) down the same line in the genre. They’d come out of the New Wave – although some had been around prior to that – and, in direct contrast to the big-selling US sf authors, they kept their visions low-key and their focus more literary. Writers such as Richard Cowper, DG Compton, Michael G Coney, Keith Roberts, Robert Holdstock, perhaps even JG Ballard. Their novels were often set in a near-future UK, with light e ...more
Timothy Frederick
Aug 18, 2012 Timothy Frederick rated it really liked it

Pretty fun read and an interesting take on parallel worlds. There were only a couple things that bothered me. One was the dialogue and interaction between Maine and Susanna. It always felt forced to the point of it resembling b-rate soap operas. The other was how Maine seemed to act like he saw Marianne for the first time, every time he saw her in a different world. Other than those little hiccups, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Might read more of Michael Coney's novels sometime.
Mar 08, 2016 Sargeatm rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: multiverse
Das Buch war flüssig zu lesen und bis zuletzt auch durchaus spannend, aber mir gefielen einige Dinge nicht so sehr. Da wäre zum einen das SciFi-Element mit den Parallelwelten. Das wird nicht allzu sehr erläutert, bzw. was dazu erklärt wird, leuchtete mir nicht unbedingt ein. So neigen die Parallelwelten dazu, Ereignisse zu wiederholen (vor allem Todesfälle) und (view spoiler) ...more
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Nov 09, 2015 Alex S rated it liked it
I really enjoyed Charisma, even if it is showing its age a little. This book reminded me very much of Christopher Priest's early works, with very well-developed characters and an unpredictable journey through parallel worlds/times. Maybe not as adventurous as it could have been, but a fun and thoroughly engaging read nonetheless.
Nov 07, 2014 John rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
1987 grade C+
Jul 02, 2008 Mike rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone that likes good SF
Recommended to Mike by: The authors other work
I love Michael Coney. I was working in the used book department at the best bookstore in the world and ran across his book Syzygy, thought the cover looked cool, and bought it without even cracking it open. In general, I think that his writing is on par with Phil Dick. Excellent speculative SF, well thought out, and brilliantly executed. Read him!
Jan 05, 2010 Paul rated it really liked it
I first read this quite a number of years ago.
It was a favourite and still has some charm.

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Michael Greatrex Coney was born in Birmingham, England and educated at King Edward's School.

He started a career as a chartered accountant and went on to become a management Consultant. Then he went into the catering business, managing an inn in south Devon with his wife, Daphne for three years and a hotel in the West Indies for another three. He worked for Financial Services in the B.C. Forest Se
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