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Masters of the Maze

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The Maze is a pathway between worlds and times. Its Masters know the secret, but decline to interfere. Its Guardians at different levels prevent invasion of one world by the inhabitants of another. But the alien hive-creatures called Chulpex mean to find their way past the Guardians to colonize a new world; and one ordinary, untrained Earthman is catapulted into wild adven ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 20th 2000 by Wildside Press (first published 1965)
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Jan 07, 2013 Michael rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Freemasons, sci fi boys, adventure fans
Recommended to Michael by: Wayne Douglas Barlowe
I'm being unusually subjective in rating this book two stars. In my ratings system (which is primarily based on reading non-fiction), three stars means a book has accomplished what its author set out to do, while two stars is a book that fails in its basic goal in some way. In this case, I suspect that Davidson more or less did what he wanted to, I just didn't enjoy it very much, and it seems to me that "to entertain" would be one of the goals of a novel like this one. It didn't entertain *me* v ...more
Mar 08, 2010 Kate marked it as to-read
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'Somewhere in the mass and morass was a chapter and a half of a novel he was looking for. He paused to read an item done on IBM Executive typeface, From the desk of Sydney Sherman. "Once again, as he is obliged too often to, Mr. Sherman finds it needful to draw contributor's attention to his very minimal standards for manuscript presentation. Mr. Sherman does not require manuscripts intended for his establishment to be engraved in copperplate on cream-laid paper with deck
Eric Simmons
I picked this book up because the aliens, the chulpex were featured in Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials. The Chulpex are a well thought out life form. Despite the fact that they are planning on taking over the Earth, I could sympathize with them a bit. Thier planet was dying they needed a place to live, but come on can't we all just get along.

The story is very hard to follow. Lots of characters many of whom you don't even meet again until the end are whisked in and out of chapters. The first
This book is completely mad, and makes no sense at all. What was the purpose of the dancing Minotaurs? Why did the temple of the Heavenly Wang disappear into nothing? Why was the giant insect pretending to be a goblin? You'll never read anything else like this, but not necessarily in a good way.
Mar 28, 2013 Jake rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Some rushed thoughts more for myself than anyone else:

I'm not very familiar with the author's work but it seems to me he could have done with a better editor. There are quite a few random characters who are introduced who don't seem to do much. It was quite oddly paced.

On the plus side it was a great concept and I liked the sequences towards the end. I also thought the aliens were well thought out.
Derek Davis
Why do I love this piece of absurdity? Maybe because Davidson did. But most of all because the Chulpex may be the most wonderfully realized alien culture in all of SF. An insect-based aberration in the "maze" of space and time, they act like intelligent insects, not like humans with an exoskeleton. Davidson always knew what he was doing, and when he ran off the track, it was because he chose to.
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Avram Davidson was an American Jewish writer of fantasy fiction, science fiction, and crime fiction, as well as the author of many stories that do not fit into a genre niche. He won a Hugo Award and three World Fantasy Awards in the science fiction and fantasy genre, a World Fantasy Life Achievement award, and a Queen's Award and an Edgar Award in the mystery genre. Davidson edited The Magazine of ...more
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