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To Die in Italbar/A Dark Travelling (Francis Sandow #2)

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In "To Die In Italbar, the galaxy is in chaos, with people falling prey to an unidentifiable disease. Only one man has the ability to help--a man who can heal or kill with a touch, known only as "Mr. H." In "A Dark Travelling, James Wiley is an "ordinary" 14-year-old who has lost his scientist father to a parallel world in the darkbands. With the help of Becky, his sister ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by iBooks (first published May 1973)
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May 30, 2012 Patrick rated it really liked it
Not the best Zelazny I've read. But even a mid-range Zelazny is pretty damn good.
Dec 23, 2009 Isaac rated it it was ok
Zelazny was one of my favorite authors when I was a teenager, and I devoured pretty much everything he wrote, but somehow I missed this one, and I was curious to see if his stuff held up after all these years.

Unfortunately, this particular book doesn't really hold up. It begins with a fascinating premise -- a man known as H is caught in a perpetual cycle of health and illness, giving him miraculous healing powers at times and making him dangerously contagious at other times. As a result, H has t
Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
This book is preceded by Isle of the Dead. Humanity has spread to the stars. An alien race, the Pei'an's have a pantheon of gods that allow a corporeal being, with the proper training, to use/co-exist to create wonders, such as new planets. Francis Sandow was the only human to successfully do this. In "Isle of the Dead" we saw what happened when two gods clashed, now another has gotten a human, 'H'. 'H' is a great healer when things are going well, but when angered, the balance is altered & ...more
Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is preceded by "The Isle of the Dead". It's an interesting blend of SF & Fantasy. A human studies to make worlds, honing his psyche & psi powers to host an alien god. Then, one who didn't study, but just fell into a similar relationship with another god, starts making trouble. Humans are the pawns, the galaxy is the chess board. An interesting look in how power is handled.
Dec 01, 2014 Richard rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Real Zelazny fans only.
This is a novel for hardcore Zelazny fans only.The ambiguous premise of a man who is a healing saint and a dangerous sort of leper,should have made for an exciting concept for a novel,but unfortunately it's vagueness,poor plotting and dearth of fully realized characters and scenario,rendered it a washy,spiritless voyage into literary nothingness.It was hard to follow and understand what it was about.

There's little more to be said for this undistinguished piece of triviality.Don't read it unless
Sam Lindsay-levine
May 21, 2010 Sam Lindsay-levine rated it liked it
I couldn't resist a Zelazny book for $2 at Half Price Books.

Now I know why I had never heard of it before - occasional moments of Zelazny's poetic style, and the flash of an engaging and original idea here and there (the original premise plus Dr. Pels in particular) but the quality is inconsistent and the whole is less than the sum of its parts. Not nearly up to the Amber / Lord of Light / Rose for Ecclesiastes standard.
James Hurley
Aug 05, 2011 James Hurley rated it liked it
Sort of all over the place for Zelazny, not as focused as many of his others. Dialogue is a bit stunted in places too...people don't talk that formal. But still it was an interesting read of his earlier works.
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Jan 28, 2016 Johnny Mayall rated it really liked it
Good read showing multiple perspectives to an interconnected plot. Shares the same world with 'Isle of the Dead'.
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