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The Stone God Awakens

3.46  ·  Rating Details  ·  334 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
As populations spiral out of control on earth the technology to "stone" people becomes available. While stoned your molecules cease to vibrate & you do not age. Seven families can share the same apartment with each group living one day of the week & remaining stoned in the wardrobe, neatly out of the way the rest of the time. Then a natural disaster brings civiliza ...more
Paperback, 281 pages
Published April 1st 1980 by Ace Books (NY) (first published 1970)
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Travis
May 31, 2008 Travis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-farmerverse
In high school I was a sucker for any book that took place after some horrible catastrophe or if it featured a regular earth man sent to the future, another planet etc.

This book is a little of both.
Scientist has an expieriment go wrong and is basically turned to stone. By the time he 'thaws out', roughly a ga-zillion years have past, most animals have evolved into people and man is a long extinct legendary creature.
He then has to deal with culture shock, inter-tribe politics and a ( I'm not maki
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Paul Stevenson
Aug 13, 2014 Paul Stevenson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm pretty sure he was not a 1950's scientist as I recall when he first awakens and makes his way through the smoke of the burning lodge he opens his switchblade which he says to himself was illegal to carry but if a person was going to defend himself in 1985 New York then he had to do some illegal things.

I read this book when I was still in grammar school, it was one of the first novels I ever completed as a child aside from the Tarzan series along with Stephen Gilberts 'Ratmans Notebook' and
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Kevin
Dec 03, 2010 Kevin rated it did not like it
Dull expository style. Sexy cat people. I'm not terribly impressed with this, to the extent that I don't know if I'll give Farmer another try, ever. This coming from a guy who has read more novels by Alan Dean Foster than, well, Alan Dean Foster, probably.

Homer's Odyssey is clearly something of an inspiration, but Ulysses Running Bear of "The Stone God Awakens" lacks the clear motivation of Odysseus, and this undermines both the construction of his character and the very plot of the book. Come t
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Greig Beck
Sep 15, 2011 Greig Beck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this story the first time in the 80s and again just recently. I still found it a tale that was magical and magnificent.

A 20th century scientist, Ulysses Singing Bear, is frozen into a indestructible statue for 20million years. When he is finally thawed he finds a world that is long changed and populated by the evolved descendants of today's animals. Worshipped as a god, will Ulysses find what happened to the human race, will he be able to use his knowledge of the 20th century to save his
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Timothy Boyd
Nice solid SiFi story from the 1970s. Even though it's your basic man-transported-through-time story Farmer puts his usual interesting spin on it. Quick but entertaining read. You can always count on Farmer giving you a nice story. Recommended
Milton
Oct 03, 2011 Milton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book but I've read better by Mr. Farmer. It was full of action as well as some thoughtful musing on time and the state of Earth millions of years in the future. I was annoyed by the fact that the book was not divided into chapters. Also, I never really felt an emotional connection with the main character, Ulysses.
Don
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Dave
Dec 13, 2009 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I really liked how this one started out. A scientist in the 1950s is rendered frozen at the molecular level, and is reanimated millennia later by a freak accident to a strange world populated by sentient, anthropomorphic animals, who take his awakening to be the fulfillment of prophecy. He accepts the mantle of godhood and sets about discovering this brave new world, hoping to find clues to the past while finding his place as the last human... or is he? To find the answers he must lead his tribe ...more
Steven
Jun 05, 2013 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I love the premise of this book. It didn't play off that premise like I hoped though. I thought it was strange how quickly the hero accepted and adapted to his new role as a god. It never explained much of his background to how his new life contrasted or compared with his previous experiences. Then about 2/3 into the book I started grooving with it and really enjoying it. Farmer started tying it all together. There wasn't really a boring moment in the entire book, it was cracking with action and ...more
Leland Gilsen
Interesting concept. The names of the groups and the characters reminded me of Gulliver... most silly sounding at best. The book does not have a definitive ending... just sort of fades away. An anti-hero sort of novel about the complete failure of humanity destroyed for what one must assume was greed? Forgets that all life exploits its context or it will not survive... even the enemy that destroyed humans would have that same requirement.
Sifra
Feb 06, 2016 Sifra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The pace of the story is slow. It reads like Farmer had a good time constructing this world and letting his main character discover it. I loved the parts where he described all the strange animals and plants they encountered. I even rushed through describtions of fights, just to read about insects again. I am not always drawn to describtions; some writers (Tolkien and Mary Shelly, for instance) just lull me to sleep with their babble about the green color of the grass of the splendour of the sun ...more
Daniel
Mar 21, 2014 Daniel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
lmao , i think that sums it up pretty well.
Lila
Feb 20, 2010 Lila rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
If I were to rate this book on writing style alone, I'd give it one star. The writing style was just bad, and it kept pulling me out of the story. It's a shame, because the story has some interesting features. As a thought experiment, it's intriguing, but the main character was boring and the secondary characters were pretty flat as well. The most interesting parts of the story were only hinted at towards the end, while the boring parts seemed to drag on and on. It doesn't hold up to classics li ...more
Plucino
Esagerato...!

Fra i tanti "risvegli dopo animazione sospesa", nessuno tranne James White nel suo "Vita con gli automi", si è spinto tanto in là.

Un risveglio dopo milioni di anni su di una Terra profondamente mutata geologicamente e geneticamente. Ci sono mammiferi senzienti, già... ma l'Uomo?!

Buona lettura.
Alfonso Junquera perez
Un libro de aventuras bastante entretenido aunque quizas demasiado fantastico si empiezas a leerlo buscando ciencia ficción "hard". Para lo que se lleva actualmente las situaciones se suceden sin pausa casi sin respiro y saltando en el tiempo para no entorpecer la narración. digamos que es algo de agradecer.
Karthik
Aug 14, 2013 Karthik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun adventure read. I was a bit skeptical about this author after reading his Hugo winner short story which was confusing with its non linear narrative. But this was a simple post apocalyptic adventure. Real light read. Can't say absolutely brilliant concept wise but good enough.
Erik Graff
Mar 05, 2011 Erik Graff rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Farmer fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
The only thing I recall about the book is the personality of its protagonist, a fellow of Amerind heritage. That, and his being thrown back to an environment not unlike that of his ancestors.
Susan
Mar 18, 2012 Susan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I got half way through because I thought a friend recommended it; I misunderstood. Terribly written. Please do not read it. Sexist. I did not complete reading this and I don't wish to.
Charles
Aug 31, 2008 Charles rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A later edition of this was published in 1980, but I have the 1970 version, and the complete title is "The Stone God Awakens." It's pretty weak. I didn't care much for it.
Phorapheedroll
Jan 18, 2009 Phorapheedroll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i couldn't put it down...i loved all the different hybrids and creatures and the pace of the novel. i finished it in less than 2 days. what an imaginative author.
kyknoord
Apr 13, 2013 kyknoord rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's a furry fantasy / road trip / delusions of grandeur epic all rolled into one. I'll bet PJF cringes when people mention this one at cocktail parties.
Jim
Jan 01, 2012 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is a fun read as long as you dont take it too seriously.I mean,who doesnt like a book with hybrid talking cats?
Greg
Nov 04, 2013 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
not as strong as his other work
John
Jan 13, 2012 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade C+.
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