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Pyramid Scheme (Pyramid #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  1,015 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
An alien pyramid has appeared in the middle of Chicago, destroying the city as it grows, and snatching people which it transports into worlds of mythology. One of the victims, Dr Lucas, an expert on mythology, finds that modern weapons don't work, and the Greek gods are out to kill them all.
Paperback, 504 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by Baen (first published 2001)
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This is one of the more bizarre books I’ve read in a while. I would classify it as science fiction, but most of the story really reads more like fantasy, with a very heavy dose of mythology. At the beginning of the story an alien, pyramid-shaped object lands on Earth. Some people who get within a certain radius of the object disappear. Not everyone is taken, but anyone in physical contact with a person who is taken will be taken as well. As it takes more people, the pyramid grows larger and its ...more
May 08, 2012 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
It's a simple premise, and the alien aspect is really more of an excuse to drop a bunch of modern day folks into the middle of some ancient myths. Odysseus, Medea, Arachne, Isis, Osiris... their stories make appearances and are often altered by the interference of the Americans. Flint and Freer clearly know their myths, and the variations in the book are very deliberate. (Medea's not vicious and evil; she's just a victim of bad press, because those stories were told by her enemies.)

In an effort
Ralph McEwen
Read as an e-book. A free download from \\ Baen Free Library.
Dec 06, 2016 Dana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the mash-up genre of sci-fi/fantasy and comedy this is just middling. It's funny enough at times and the characters are quite likable, but the story is preposterous and the writing is just choppy. It almost seems as if the editor dropped the copy on the floor and only picked up 50% of the pages to put into the final edition.

"Rats, Bats and Vats," which is by the same authors was much better. The characters were better developed and the story flowed smoothly, with enough "world-building" that
Daniel Shellenbarger
Pyramid Scheme begins with the sudden appearance of a small object inexplicably decelerating through Earth's atmosphere. The inexplicable object turns out to be a small alien pyramid-like device which makes a crash landing in the library of the University of Chicago and begins "disappearing" people, apparently at random, with a beam coming from its peak, while constantly growing larger and larger. Even stranger, some of its victims reappear dead or near-dead with stab wounds and vicious bite-mar ...more
Mar 02, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
From Publishers Weekly

In this SF-fantasy romp through classical myth, the authors of Rats, Bats, and Vats offer a charmingly picaresque journey that begins when an artifact of the alien Krim lands in the University of Chicago library and starts abducting people. Few of the artifact's victims return alive, and some do not return at all. Among those abducted into a Krim-twisted version of the ancient Mediterranean world are street-smart university custodian Lamont Jackson, biologist Elizabeth De

Dec 10, 2007 Snezan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone stuck on a flight without other more entertaining entertainment
Shelves: light-reads
The pyramid scheme falls in the rare category of books that have so many ideas they are incapably of successfully executing any of them. In one sense, there are some interesting, if long tread, ideas brought up by the novelists; the power of mythology, the power of observation, a little quantum mechanics, some interesting thoughts on language and the evolution of magic in culture, a little social dynamics and Eric Flint's trademark light reminders of the existence of class issues that plague our ...more
Kevin Lanahan
A strange pyramid fall on a University of Chicago library and starts snatching people. While the pyramid targets certain people, a group of academics, soldiers, cops and a maintenance man all end up in mythological Greece.

There are elements of all sorts of stories here. A rewriting of the Medea story. The real Odysseus. The plight of the sphinx.

This had elements of Gilligan's Island, The Three Stooges Meet Hercules and the Time Warp Trio. The authors kept it light, but then would bounce back i
Jun 30, 2011 Tracey rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those with an interest in Greek myth & science fiction.
Shelves: e-text, re-read
Originally read Nov 2005 - re-read May/June 2011

An alien artifact has landed in the library of a Chicago university. It's started snatching people, including a professor, a South African biologist, a maintenance worker and a couple of paratroopers - and placing them into the world of Greek mythology. Every attempt to destroy it results in it growing instead.

Most of the people it has snatched come back dead, but this small group is determined to survive their adventures and come back home, while
Dec 15, 2015 Stephan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, sci-fi
A relatively straightforward story: A group of scientists, paratroopers and a handyman are kidnapped by an alien pyramid and thrown into a mythological world populated by Greek and Egyptian deities, dragons sphinxes, hydras and a few heroes (who are certainly not very heroic).
Oh, did I mention that the paratroopers weapons no longer work? That their rations have been destroyed and that only one in the group know how to speak classical greek? Things are not looking good.
We get to follow the group
Jan 05, 2014 Billy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun romp through light mythology! Will the heroes save themselves and the worlds of the Greek and Egyptian gods, or will they too succumb to promised ill fate?

Eric and Dave provide an alternate view of ancient mythology, plumbing nuances I had been unaware of. Their characters come to life with much aplomb, and though not every thread is tied, not every thread needs to be; the world does not work in such ways. My only criticism regards a side arc; it feels like it exists to provide tension and
A pyramid has materialized in the middle of the University Of Chicago and not only is it growing, it is snatching people, most of whom soon return--dead. However one group of "snatchees" has not returned and both the government and the academics want to know why. We follow the adventures of the survivirs in Ur-mythological" worlds, in this case Greek and Egyptian, and the actions of those in charge back home. a highly enjoyable humans caught in mythic worlds story, the best since Pratt and De Ca ...more
Aug 29, 2008 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
A light, funny romp through mythology, with funnier puns than Piers Anthony. An alien probe shaped like a pyramid lands at the University of Chicago and immediately begins abducting people to the "Ur" universe with Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythology to generate power for the invading Krim. As it absorbs more people and energy, the bigger it gets. The largest group kidnapped happens to include a couple of paratroopers, a South African biologist, a police officer, and a weedy academic who happen ...more
A mysterious pyramid appears in the University of Chicago Library. It starts “snatching” people at random. Almost all return within a few hours, dead or nearly so. Then a larger group is snatched. They end up in a mythical version of ancient Greece.

This romp through Greek myth (with a brief detour in Egyptian myth) by a haphazardly composed gang of modern humans is a great deal of fun. The concept is very clever and thankfully the authors don’t take the whole thing too seriously. Heroics, advent
Dec 07, 2015 Darren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The basic premise of the book is that an alien device throws certain people into the land of myth, particularly Greek and Egyptian myth, complete with Scylla and Charybdis, Isis and Osiris, Zeus and Prometheus.

Look, there's some serious suspension of disbelief (handwavium if you prefer) going on and if you can't get past it then read some "serious" lit fiction.

That said, the book is a hoot. Lots of puns. Some fun mythology as well as a critical eye on who is and isn't "good" in Greek Myt
Jul 13, 2016 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Myths as mental constructs given form by the collective subconscious of those affected by an alien power source. Not a truly revolutionary concept, but Freer and Flint, without completely tuning out the potential horror of such a situation, focus on the unrestrained absurdity and amorality such an arrangement unleashes and offer their band of supremely sensible and unusually moral protagonists as the sarcastic voice of common sense.
Bit of a fun romp through mythological Greek and Europe, with around as much accuracy (and a somewhat similar style) as an episode of Kevin Sorbo's Hercules or Xena.

The fun was somewhat spoiled by characters so flat and wooden they wouldn't seem out of place in an Ikea catalogue, and one of the most deus ex machina endings I've ever read.
Dayl Thomas
Dec 08, 2011 Dayl Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun book, a bit too much cursing (though I see why the authors use it). Happy endings and justice is done. If you enjoy Greek or Egyptian myths, you'll get a kick out of this book. It got better as I continued to read, so it is a bit slow at first, but really picks up momentum.
Nathan Shumate
Feb 05, 2015 Nathan Shumate rated it liked it
It's a silly, borderline-dumb concept -- aliens which are somehow using the "mythlands" constructed by humans' older civilizations to, I dunno, do something -- but I kept reading it right to the end because I wanted to know what happened next. That's a compliment, of sorts.
Dec 30, 2013 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining romp through Greek and Egyptian mythology; particularly good when you're tired of serious stuff.
Tobias Cooper
Oct 30, 2015 Tobias Cooper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great fun, if slightly bonkers, mix of sci-fi and fantasy with a soupçon of satire.
Would recommend for a light read. I read it in a day and resented putting it down :-)
Jun 02, 2007 Ariadream rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
Shelves: fantasyscifi
Absolutely hilarious! Eric Flint hits the funnybone in this book. If you don't believe me, go take a look, you won't regret it.
Oct 16, 2016 Leelan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much fun! This is the second time I've read this book. I have the feeling that I will be wearing it out in the coming years. It is now one of my top favorites.
Durval Menezes
I read this book about 12 years ago, and I vaguely remember some parts of it, so it must have been at least somewhat good (therefore the 3 stars rating).
May 05, 2007 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book scared me in the prologue, with all the military jargon, but the rest of the book was written normally. It's along the lines of a Piers Anthony. Lots of puns and similar humor.
Paul Kemner
Mar 14, 2008 Paul Kemner rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SF readers who like mythology
Shelves: sf-and-fantasy
I read this as a free download from Baen books. Other than the inconvenience of being tied to the computer to read it, it's good to have this huge back stock of novels available.

Fun, fun, fun.
Feb 11, 2013 Darien rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Puns and Mythology
Good quick read. Fast-paced, quirky characters. Perfect for readers who like history, mythology and puns. Especially puns.
Feb 04, 2010 Cissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining and often funny romp through a mash-up of both Greek and Egyptian mythology, with a thin science fiction veneer.
Sep 02, 2008 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
for people who like to be reminded of their knowledge of mythology, a sci-fi book that involves time travel (or is it?).
The modern characters interact with the Gods of old.
Emily Delong
Sep 26, 2015 Emily Delong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot better than the cover shows. I liked it once the characters got to the story like world. Then it got a lot better.
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