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The Doors of Death and Life (Suburban Gods #2)

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In How Like a God, Rob Lewis gave his friend Edwin Barbarossa the Pearl of Immortality that had once belonged to Gilgamesh. Seven years later, the space shuttle ferrying Edwin home from a stint on the new moon colony catches fire. Everyone dies except Edwin. First he's hailed as a hero. Then he disappears. It's up to Rob to rescue him from the man who will stop at nothing
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Forge Books
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Matthew
May 13, 2015 Matthew rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Decent followup to Clough's earlier novel, How Like A God. It's been close to a decade since I read the first one and had no trouble diving back in to this world.

Judged from an ethical perspective, this is a fascinating book. The two main characters possess great power----one immortality and the other complete power over the minds of others----and Clough really puts them through a set of deep, challenging paces to push them to use their powers for greedy, selfish gain. While the main characters
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David Haws
Dec 21, 2013 David Haws rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
I probably should have read these novels in sequence. I’ve ordered the first book, but it’s late in arriving so I finished the second book, which has left me with too many questions:

Julianne doesn’t seem the kind of woman who would let her husband “quit the rat-race” to become a dilettante carpenter. Julianne and Carina both seem high-maintenance, but I feel little sympathy for Rob (and Edwin is too high-maintenance himself to even notice).

Why does the writer introduce a one-dimensional villain?
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Gerry LaFemina
Jun 20, 2014 Gerry LaFemina rated it liked it
This book reminded me of everything I love and am wary of in speculative fiction. Like all fiction it asks us for that willful suspension of disbelief, but it can ask for a little bit too much of it from a guy like me. Still, in its plot, execution and characters, The Doors of Death and Life, is wonderfully conceived, and yet there are moments of boilerplate prose and heroes who are too attractive to be believable--that sci-fi trope. Still, like the best sci-fi, this is a book of ideas, one that ...more
Kerry
Aug 28, 2012 Kerry rated it really liked it
Brenda warned me that I shouldn't read this without reading its prequel, but I tried, and I found it very easy to do so! It's an easy read for sure, and enjoyable.
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