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They called themselves the Black Foxes, a group of adventure gamers who had proved the big winners in the virtual reality tournaments. In the "real world, " they were Alice, Caine, Eric, Meredith, and Hiroko - respectively, scientist, doctor, writer, antiquarian book expert, and art gallery owner. But when they became the Black Foxes they were transformed into: a pathfinde ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 443 pages
Published November 1st 1996 by Roc (first published 1995)
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P. Aaron Potter
Dec 04, 2013 P. Aaron Potter rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi, fantasy
Sometimes you finish a volume with the idea that hiding somewhere inside it was a good book, but that the poor thing got smothered with over-writing, poor direction, expository nonsense, or ham-handed diadicticism. In this case, I felt like there might have been not two, but *three* potentially good books which kind of crashed into one another and left nothing terribly satisfactory. Still, kudos for trying.

McKiernan, one of the Great Grey Sages of the late 70's/early 80's fantasy boom, here take
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Matt Horowitz
Sep 18, 2012 Matt Horowitz rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I read that was outside the 'D&D' books of my youth. In other words, it was written by an actual writer. It jumps backs and forth between a game in a virtual world where several human player's minds have been trapped by an AI in the real world that has gone insane, and the attemps of the doctors to cure him. Not only does it have great fantasy adventure but it also has a little real world suspense thrown in. This book did more for my roleplaying ability (such as it is ...more
David
Apr 10, 2016 David rated it really liked it
This is an interesting hybrid of Science Fiction and Fantasy. A group of champion RPG players are invited to take part in a virtual reality experiment, controlled by an Artificially Intelligent Computer. The computer has read all of the source material for their favorite RPG campaign setting, and once inserted into the AI the players will have no memory of their real life, but completely believe that they are the characters therein.

Hooked to the virtual reality machine, the fantasy begins-- but
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Laura
Aug 26, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
At first I struggled with the book because of the introduction of characters and their interactions in the story. When I started reading this book I didn’t know what to expect and it felt kind of odd. When we were introduced to characters like Alice and her arrival upon the main location, it felt just odd. I thought to myself, who really are these people. After I met several of the other characters I felt so estranged from them and thus I really struggled with the book. I actually took a couple ...more
TONY
Oct 04, 2015 TONY rated it it was amazing
one of my favorites.
i dont write reviews because my ideas on books are my own. i like what i like and thats that. this concept is stuff of my dreams. when i encounter a book i think others might like i will review it. this is a must read.
Mitchell Karnes
Jun 06, 2014 Mitchell Karnes rated it it was amazing
McKiernan's writing captivated my senses and kept me reading. It reminded me much of Rosenberg's The Sleeping Dragon. If you enjoy reality/fantasy crossovers, read this one.
Don
Jan 31, 2014 Don rated it it was ok
Another "Trapped in a simulation" story. It was a little predictable. I would say that it is definitely better than reading the magazines on the table at your doctor's office.
Eric Rutledge
Apr 13, 2016 Eric Rutledge rated it liked it
The idea of being so immersed in a simulation without the realization that you actually exist outside the simulation is simply fascinating. This book does a great job in setting this up, but I feel that it fails to continue playing on this idea.

There were definitely a lot of times where I was reading it, and asking myself, why did they do this? or why didn't they do this? There were too many easy mistakes that I saw, that after a while, I thought..maybe I'm judging too hard. Either way, the sto
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Darcey
Feb 15, 2014 Darcey rated it it was amazing
I can read this book over and over and over -- and it's just as enjoyable every time.
Boognish3
Jan 23, 2008 Boognish3 rated it really liked it
I almost always thoroughly enjoy McKiernan's books. I loved his Mithgar series and really loved his book Dragondoom. This is another book that I read years ago and decided to re-read. It is a good book, with solid elements of sci-fi and fantasy. Sometimes I get a bit bored during the philosophical discussions, but it isn't necessarily so much that they are poorly written as that I want to skip forward to the action--bad me. If you like fantasy and haven't checked out any of Dennis McKiernan's bo ...more
Alsha
Apr 16, 2014 Alsha rated it liked it
An easy-reading blast from the past. Blame nostalgia. Still fun.
Michelle Hanson
Aug 04, 2014 Michelle Hanson rated it it was amazing
It was like being in a D&D adventure.. loved it..
Paul
Jul 25, 2010 Paul rated it really liked it
This book is a stand-alone story. You don't have to invest your time into a long drawn-out series; one book, one story. Because I appreciated that it earned a fourth star. It's not McKiernan's best work but it held my interest and I enjoyed it. Creative combination of sci-fi and fantasy.
Emeyin
Mar 24, 2009 Emeyin rated it really liked it
Pretty good book. Alternating between a fantasy world in a virtual reality and the modern world. It starts off slow but then there came a point in the book where I could not set the book down. A little different from what I'm used to but I enjoyed it.
Willow
Jun 26, 2007 Willow rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite sci-fi books of all time! It is appropriate for all ages and offers many thought-worthy topics about AI and fantasy.
Amberle
kinda long and hard to get into but a very good book once you get into it you don't want to put it down
Temmogen
Sep 10, 2012 Temmogen rated it it was amazing
Awesome book, that combines Fantasy and SciFi genres.
Sara
Oct 08, 2008 Sara rated it it was amazing
Loved this book
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McKiernan was born in Moberly, Missouri, where he lived until he served the U.S. Air Force for four years, stationed within US territory during the Korean War. After military service, he attended the University of Missouri and received a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1958 and an M.S. in the same field from Duke University in 1964. He worked as an engineer at AT&T, initially at Western Elec ...more
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