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Dark is the Sun by Philip José Farmer
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Read from December 23, 2010 to January 06, 2011

** spoiler alert ** This book started off a little too slow for me as the protagonists kind of wandered aimlessly from one adventure to another, with each resolution setting up a new quest with a certain amount of logic but in an unpredictable way. Unpredictable can be fun, especially in a sci-fi setting "novel of ideas", but it also robs the over-arching narrative of most of its forward momentum; I had no idea what was going to be the point of the whole book, which is different from the uncertainty of not knowing if the protagonists are going to fail or succeed, because I didn't know what they might even attmpt. Still, I was stubbornly committed to finishing the book on my commute and it did start to develop a more cohesive main plot at about the halfway point, so it ended up being a worthwhile way to pass the time. (Also if I had quit on it early I would have missed the part where it seems pretty clear that the protagonists exploring the farthest reaches of a dying Earth stumble across a dying Santa Claus - defintiely did not see that coming. Also glad I didn't read this in December, as it would have made Christmas pretty depressing. Anyway.) I had heard good things about Philip Jose Farmer and never read any of his stuff, so running across this novel at the used book store seemed like a fortuitous thing, but in hindsight I suspect this is not really his best or most representative work, so I might have to try him again in the future.
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Marcus I read the World of Tiers series by Philip Jose Farmer while in high school. I remember it being very good


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