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Le Bateau fabuleux (Riverworld #2)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  5,996 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Richard Burton, qui s'était réveillé avec toute l'humanité au bord du Fleuve de l'éternité, voulait percer le mystères des Ethiques.
Et pour cela, il disposait de l'aide de l'un des Ethiques qui semblait avoir trahi son peuple.
Il lui fallait remonter l'immense Fleuve jusqu'à sa source où des rumeurs situaient une tour énorme, siège des Ethiques. Et donc traverser à bord du
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Mass Market Paperback, 319 pages
Published November 1st 1992 by LGF (first published 1971)
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Keely
Feb 14, 2009 Keely rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Keely by: Ama's Father
As in the first book, Farmer bites off more than he can chew. By using real individuals and cultures from history as his fodder, Farmer invites close inspection by readers familiar with (and fond of) those characters and cultures.

His protagonist is an unfunny Mark Twain, whose occasional spoutings lack the vitriol for which Twain is renowned. Farmer seems to take direct quotes (often from Twain's books) and place them awkwardly into the conversation, which only makes conspicuous how dull the res
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♥ Marlene♥
Well this book was a bit of a disappointment to me. I loved book 1 but book 2 , I do not know, It seems to me it was more a war book. There were still scenes I thought interesting, like the relation ship between Sam and his earth wife and I liked The Big guy but hated the way he talked. It was hard for me to understand what he was saying, but overall I was just glad to end it.
I will give book 3 a try. I am reading it right now and glad to be back with Richard F. Burton to be honest. Maybe that w
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Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

To Your Scattered Bodies Go, the first of Philip Jose Farmer’s Riverworld novels, was a fast-paced, highly creative, and extremely exciting story, so I was eager to continue the tale in the second novel, The Fabulous Riverboat. This part of the story of mankind’s resurrection onto a million-miles-long stretch of river valley focuses on Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) — one of the people who’ve been contacted by a traitor who hopes to use twelve special humans
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David B
All of humanity has been resurrected along the shores of The Riverworld, though no one knows why. Guided by a rebel from among the ranks of those who created the place, Sam Clemens and his friends build a riverboat like the ones from Clemens' Mississippi days to search out the headwaters of the river and the mysterious castle which is rumored to exist there. In the process, they build a nation and become involved in war and intrigue with their neighbors.

I was enjoying this novel. The prose is un
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Holden Attradies
This is one of those times that a sequel to an amazing book isn't just as good, but far surpasses it. Farmer takes the world he set up in the first Riverworld book and takes the idea of a few select resurrected members of humanity trying to uncover the secrets of how and why they were resurrected. This centers around Samuel Clemens obsession of building a grand riverboat to take them to the headwaters.

Clemens is an amazing main character. He is so neurotic and filled with so much guilt and self
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Linda
This is the second installation in the Riverworld saga. In the first, Richard Burton (the English explorer, not the actor) was the primary character. In this book, it is Samuel Clemens who is front and center. He is on a mission to find some iron so he can build (and captain) a riverboat to the end/beginning of the river. He gets some help from "X", one of the "ethicals" (nonhuman) who is responsible for the rebirth of all the people on Riverworld, but one who disagrees with what's going on. App ...more
Tancredi
Che noia mortale.
Se il primo episodio del ciclo del MondoFiume mi aveva esaltato, il secondo (triste destino comune a tutti i sequel) mi ha annoiato a morte. Fondamentalmente si presenta come una ripetizione del primo libro, con una semplice sostituzione di personaggi, ma non di ruoli.
L'avventuriero Burton lascia il posto allo scrittore Mark Twain, un altro dei "dodici" scelti dal misterioso Etico traditore: la sua missione, esattamente come quella di Burton, è di risalire il grande Fiume, fino
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Amanda
'It's a strange tale, but no stranger, actually than anything that's happened here since we all woke up from the dead.'

'Death had come to him on earth, and he had been glad because it meant the end forever to all sorrow. He would no longer have to weep.'

'This is a log I keep on all the souls I bring into the world. I intend someday to write a big case history of the infants to find out if any ever amounted to anything. If I can bring one genius, one, into this vale of heavy tears, I will think
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Andrew Cin-walker
I chose this book because I read the first book in the series, Where Scattered Bodies Go, after really enjoying the first one I wanted to continue the series. One scene that is memorable in this book is when Sam Clemens is over-looking the society he created out of the ground in the River World. Towns and factories producing gunpowder from human waste, creating air planes from basic ideas of aviation. One thing I really liked about the book was that they bring in historical figures from all poin ...more
Piotr
Po fantastycznym "Gdzie wasze ciała porzucone" nadszedł czas na częśćdrugą, znacznie słabszą. Na tyle nieciekawą, że poważnie zastanawiam sięnad lekturą części trzeciej. A przecież zapowiadało się tak dobrze.

Cała ludzkośćzostaje nagle wskrzeszona. Ludzie z różnych okresów żyją w w świecie, który mógłby być rajem, Nie ma chorób, nie ma śmierci, niedołężności i starości. Każdy jest młody, każdy dostaje za darmo jedzenie. Można spotkać największych myślicieli, artystów czy intelektualistów. A wraz
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Roy Proctor
Jan 27, 2014 Roy Proctor rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SciFi Fans
Continuation of the first Riverworld series novel - I wrote an extensive review about that one ("To Your Scattered Bodies Go") so just read that.

I'll add that the first novel mostly followed Sir Frances Richard Burton - the 19th century English geographer, explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer and diplomat - he was the first Westerner to visit the city of Mecca, disguising himself as a Muslim.

This second novel centers on the ce
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Mark Oppenlander
The second book in the Riverworld saga starts 20 years after Resurrection Day. Although the Riverworld setting provides continuity with the previous volume, nearly everything else is left behind. Richard Francis Burton is nowhere to be found, and our main character is now Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) who has been traveling the river with a group of Vikings led by Erik Bloodaxe. Clemens, not much of a fighter himself, has formed an uneasy alliance with the Vikings in part because he is protect ...more
Jeff Stockett
The first book, To Your Scattered Bodies Go, introduced the River World and filled my mind with questions about who created that world, and why? How did they do it? What is their motivation?

Those questions were my primary motivation for reading this book. Unfortunately, we were only teased with a very minimal bit of information along those lines.

The story introduces Mark Twain as the protagonist, and tells the story of his goal to build a Fabulous River Boat. Mark Twain is a fun character and it
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Myles
We exchange Richard Burton for Samuel Clemens and set the story a couple decades past "Resurrection Day", when all of humanity (and then some) who ever lived wake up naked on the shores of an impossibly long river.

Clemens, or Mark Twain, has a dream of finding iron. Riverworld seems to have been intentionally deprived of all natural resources with the exception of water and fish from the river and stands of trees along the banks and some quarryable stone. But Clemens wants to big a big ol' fabul
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alissa
I actually liked this book more than the first, which surprises me.

For starters, I'm not a great fan of Mark Twain so the idea of reading a book where Samuel Clemens is the main character didn't excite me very much. That said, this book was a lot faster than the first, the foundation of the story having been already set up.

This was definitely more action based and while I generally like the philosophical side of Science Fiction more than the action, I did enjoy this second book more than the fir
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Benny Wilkinson
This is the second book in the series but I don't own the first and decided not to purchase a new book for a series I couldn't be sure I'd want to read. It didn't feel too much like being thrust into a story that was already under way, with the book's protagonist, Samuel Clemens (more commonly known as Mark Twain), briefly explaining things that need recapping but not in the form of massive infodumps that feel like book recaps.

The Riverworld (named for the massive river that dominates the planet
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Lauren Donoho
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John
I checked this out from the library, and I'm glad I didn't purchase it. The edition I checked out was an omnibus of the first two books of the Riverworld series.

My feeling is these books are like, "Wouldn't it be really cool if..." all the interesting characters of history were all living and ran into each other. And, yes, it's cool to think about, but it's not something you can base a novel on. It's more like a dinner party idea. Though, I've never been to that kind of dinner party.

The reason
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Tim
The book itself is good. It's part of a series that is a single story, so the ending isn't the end, and therefore somewhat unsatisfying. I assume that will resolve itself as I finish the series.


But I've been meaning to rant about 'introductions' for quite some time now, and the introduction to this edition had everything I dislike about 'introductions'. For starters, do publishers really think readers of popular fiction care to read the comments of some random stranger? Most people I know don't
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Brett
Book 2 of the Riverworld Saga introduces a host of fresh characters and represents some new plot threads for the series. Aside from cameos and the Mysterious Stranger, the individuals in Book 1 are generaly absent.

Although it is reasonably well written, I preferred To Your Scattered Bodies Go. I found the characters less intriguing although Farmer makes a greater effort to develop them. Farmer does a very credible job with the circular logic of paranoia between Sam and John as co-leaders of the
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Sean
A lot of other reviewers have pointed out that the second book in the series doesn't quite sustain the mood of the first ("To Your Scattered Bodies Go"). Yes, Sam Clemens isn't particularly 'funny', but I don't think he was intended to be. There's constant talk of how people can shed their old ways in the Riverworld--perhaps that's why Clemens isn't the jester he was on Earth. I don't really know.

There's a lot more war and bloodshed in "The Fabulous Riverboat", as some humans can't seem to let t
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Gerald Kinro
The dead are resurrected in this world where an endless river dominates. Samuel (a.k.a. Mark Twain) dreams to build a riverboat that bests those that he is familiar with during his days on the Mississippi. This he plans to pilot up the waterway to find its source. has a dream: to build a riverboat that will rival the most magnificent paddle-wheelers ever navigated on the mighty Mississippi. First he must undertake a dangerous voyage to unearth a fallen meteor, the source of much of his needed ma ...more
Raj
After being completely captivated by To Your Scattered Bodies Go, it took me ages to find the rest of the series (in fact, I managed to acquire the books in reverse order, only getting The Fabulous Riverboat at Christmas). This book leaves the protagonist of volume one, Sir Richard Burton, and follows Samuel Clemens and his dream of building a magnificent riverboat in which he will travel to the headwaters of the River and find the mysterious Ethicals who resurrected Humanity on this world.

Most
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Shane Nixon
The Fabulous Riverboat is a good follow up to To Your Scattered Bodies Go, the first book in the Riverworld series. I shouldn't have read some reviews about this one while I was reading it because it did colour my feelings about the book a little. Sam Clemens (Mark Twain) isn't his witty best in this story. There's no one funnier than Twain in full flight. One of my favourite books by him is The Innocents Abroad and it is hilarious, the satire is scathing. Farmer's Twain is more humourless. Poss ...more
Frank
I started this book after reading some reviews on Goodreads. It's a sequel to "To Their Scattered Bodies Go". While it wasn't on my "Top 100 sci fi books" I had bought the double pack and I felt like I should get my money's worth.

I'm quite glad that I did. While "To Their Scattered Bodies Go" is a good book, "The Fabulous Riverboat" makes me much more hopeful about the book.

The book starts with Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, riding down the river on a quest from the "Mysterious St
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Erin Boyington
Newly resurrected with all of humanity on an alien planet, Sam Clemens attempts to build a steamboat to find The River's end.

This is the sequel to To Your Scattered Bodies Go , and it doesn't really live up to the original. Sam Clemens has always dreamed of being the captain of a riverboat, and when a meteor strikes Riverworld he suddenly has access to the rare metals to make his own. But to make his dream a reality, he must strike a deal with a devil in the form of the Plantagenet king, the tre
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Lee Selwood
This was better then the first book. I thought PJF had probably developed as a writer a lot more when he wrote this and I didn't find it as clunky as To your scattered bodies go. I had fond memories of this instalment as Sam Clemens(Mark Twain) reluctantly teams up with King John(yes, the dastardly lion in the disney film Robin Hood) to build a Riverboat to travel to the headwaters of the Riverworld. Although I enjoyed it a littel more I didn't think it was great, there are still no lead female ...more
Brenna
Whereas To Your Scattered Bodies Go was pure sci-fi adventure, The Fabulous Riverboat gives its focus to sci-fi action.

The second of five novels delving into Philip José Gardner's fantastic Riverworld saga, The reader follows the exploits of Samuel "Mark Twain" Clemens. Tortured by fleeting images of his late wife Olivia and plagued with the darkness grimly masked by the humourist's façade, Clemens becomes the leader of a group of displaced residents late of planet Earth. He has learned to conve
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Kevin Brickfoot
The Fabulous Riverboat. The second novel of Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld saga begins roughly 20 years after the first book, To Our Scattered Bodies Go. People have adapted to the world reborn and harnessed as much technology that the Riverworld has to offer. The abundance of raw materials, species, minerals, and the ability to harness these gifts are in surplus on Earth. In Riverboat, the difficulty of technology is made disgustingly obvious. The stench of life and inherent evil of man makes ...more
Patrick
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Philip José Farmer was an American author, principally known for his science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories. He was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, but spent much of his life in Peoria, Illinois.

Farmer is best known for his Riverworld series and the earlier World of Tiers series. He is noted for his use of sexual and religious themes in his work, his fascination for and reworking of th
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