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Charisma (Arcadia)

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  41 ratings  ·  7 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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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

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.
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Otis Campbell
Trapped in your world where you're burning in my eyes
You're like a shadow that never hides
I'm stuck in parallel worlds
It wont let me go
1987 grade C+
Jul 02, 2008 Miik rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone that likes good SF
Recommended to Miik 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!
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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