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The Stranger's Woes

(Лабиринты Ехо #2)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  2,045 ratings  ·  35 reviews
1. The Magaxon Foxes
2. The Ship from Arvarox and Other Woes
3. The Volunteers of Eternity

The irresistible newest novel by the bestselling Max Frei, set in a magical city where losers make good.

The Labyrinths of Echo series --the adventures of Max, who was once a loser but discovers a new world --has been an international literary sensation since its debut. In this second i
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 9th 2011 by Harry N. Abrams (first published 1997)
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Lena K.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, russian
I'm growing to like Max and this magical world more and more.

If you read in Russian and like Fantasy or rather Magical Realism - give this one a chance!
The first book requires some patience, which totally pays off when reading the second installment.
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Puikus serijos tęsinys. Įdomiai suskaičiau tolesnius Makso Frajaus nuotykius Eche ir ne tik jame.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love sir Max so much <3 ...more
Dec 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Удивительно, но эта книга понравилась мне меньше, чем первая. Первые 3 истории я прочитала быстро, а вот 4-ую очень долго мучала, буквально читала по 1-3 страничке в день. Потом, конечно, события меня захватили, и я одним махом дочитала оставшиеся 150 страниц, но все же... не было такого "вау", как от первой книги.

Мы продолжаем наблюдать за супер-удачливым Сэром Максом и его жизнью в Ехо. Появляются новые герои, у Макса открываются новые таланты и новые приключения не заставляют себя ждать. П
Иванов Александр
Есть в Мире что-то большее чем мы сами и представления о нас. Есть что-то совершенно непостежимое и нелогичное, порой даже невозможное. Примерно в таких ощущениях проходит чтение этой книги, наполненной магией, странными любовными линиями и сумасшедший приключениям. Иногда берёт зависть, что ты не там, хотя бы в роли простого горожанина. Хотя... почему бы и не увидеть это во сне.
Ann Sem
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It's pretty much like the first book. Easy read and fun, but that only gets you so far. Ignoring all the issues, it's decent.

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Martyn Yakub
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Тема: Есть миры, где ты нужен.
Продолжение приключений Макса Фрая, который оказался в параллельной вселенной, в королевстве, в городе Эхо на службе темного сыска. На Земле его способности были никчемны. Однако в параллельном мире он смог раскрыть множество разных умений. Он стал уважаемым и могущественным.
Книга читается легко. Местами простовата.
Всеволод Рычков
A great and natural continuation of the adventures of the Max.
This book has had more worldbuilding to work with, more of the main character's actions required him to really apply his previous knowledge.

More cultures are shown, both their culture and kitchen.
Leído en 2009.

jajaja, primer libro que leí en 2009 y no me acuerdo nada de nada de la me debió de encantar, no.
Por ahí lo tengo en la editorial Minotauro, un día que quite el polvo a los libros igual hasta aparece. xD
Mila Ley
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Боже, это великолепно! Веселая книга которую можно просто разбирать на цитаты. После прочтения первой уже привыкла к манере подачи, к этому невероятному миру Эхо. Настолько классно написано, что во сне начинаешь прогуливаться по этим улочкам. Не так много такого годного фэнтази, что бы пропускать такую литературу) Читать всем!
Vladimir Iglovikov
Классная вселенная Эхо с интересными персонажами и интересными сюжетами.

Но очень надоедает читать одни и те же шутки по сотому разу. Кроме того наскучивает насколько легко все у Макса получается и как все вокруг с придыханием к этому относятся.
Sergey Grinev
Сплошные диалоги, причём не лучшего качества
Lumos Ktbspa
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detectives, fantasy
I live in Echo nowadays. Thanx to sir Max ;) There are too many dialogues in the books - this is the only minus. The rest is quite acceptable and likable.
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karla Huebner
As with the first book in the series, I had mixed feelings. Surely the translation can't be very good. And in this volume, the diction shifts heavily to use of every possible American locution--despite being in another world, where we've gotten used to people exclaiming "Sinning Magicians!" and greeting one another with "I see you as if in a waking dream," we now get all the characters saying things like "gosh" and "by the way" and "aw shucks." And at the outset, it appeared that the mild tenden ...more
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Что-то не пошел у меня Макс Фрай(
Хотя вторая книга по отзывам из этой серии должна быть лучше, у меня постоянное ощущение что читаешь что-то очень проходное и написанное ради объема. Главный герой плюс малосимпатичный мне. Жалко, но не моё.
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite amazing second book in the Labirints series
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read the first book in the series almost two years ago now, but I kept remembering it. A quirky tale about a normal guy who finds himself transported (willingly) to another world. The strange deadpan humor that is rampant throughout the story, the extravagant clothing, the curious characters that Max Frei (pen name), or also known as Svetlana Martynchik created would not leave me alone. I had to continue the series. I wanted to know where the main character, also called Max would go. What was ...more
Siobhán Bayertz
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
More 3.5 stars to be honest.

To me it felt more rushed and that not as much thought went into the story as with the first book in the series. Sure, in essence and after finishing it you think "that was pretty good" but the fact that nothing of import or interest happens at the beginning only for one big 'thing' happen, that's your climax of the story and then: 'The End'.

There was a lot of filler in this book. I mean yeah, there was always something that seemed to be important happening but it w
Elvira Atvara
Well, I was glad to find out that the reason I postponed finishing this book for 2 years was not my Russian. I picked it up in English this time and still the first half or rather two thirds were really just... meh. There is no one, unified theme, no one plot, rather a few dozen stories, where Max gets out from whatever horrible mess he finds himself in by pure luck. I think that it what makes it boring, the ease with which Max deals with everything. A gang of dead people? Oh, let me just try th ...more
Jul 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyable, if a little bemusing; I always feel I'm missing out on something somewhere in Russian translations - as if there are things I should know on a metaphorical level which would make the funny bits funnier and the whole thing more meaningful. But that's not a complaint - it leaves one something to strive for. I'm happy enough with the ongoing not-quite-picaresque shaggy dogness of Max's adventures; they're gentle, colourful, and odd. Odd is good. Looking forward to vol 3, and w ...more
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
Starting with book 2 of this series probably isn't the best introduction to Max Frei. In spite of that, I was hooked from about page 3, and I am completely charmed and delighted by Sir Max and all the denizens of the House by the Bridge. This is the most engaging fantasy series I have read in a long time. Somewhat reminiscent of Michael Moorcock and even G. B. Shaw and Oscar Wilde - I could listen to these characters spout "piffle" forever.
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
The magical adventures of Sir Max continue in this book. I enjoyed reading The Stranger so much that I just had to continue with The Stranger's Woes. The characters are all engaging; I particularly love the fact that they're always meeting to eat in a tavern somewhere in the book. The best part is that this book (as well as the previous one) is so funny. Definitely worth rereading.
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to read book two! It is one long story and this book picked up right where the first left off. I love this world and the Secret Investigative Force. New colorful characters were introduced, more regions and history explained, lovely and deadly magic explored, and silly antics everywhere. Now I desperately want a mug of Kamra. And book three!! :)
Tim Hicks
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Continuing where #1 left off, weird and wonderful. Some of the developments are interestingly non-routine, such as his problem with Melamori (keep wanting to call her Melamine). But it's all great fun.
More in my review of book #3.
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The very best fantasy book ever "The Stranger" has the very best sequel. In this 4 stories things get even more interesting and more mysterious. Also the love line gets developed in an unexpected way. This is also the book, where my favourite character of all times appears: Lady Tehhi Shekk.
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
В очередной раз перечитывая эту серию, не перестаю удивляться каким лёгким языком написаны произведения. И хоть уже прочитал в википедии в чём секрет, при погружении в чтение об этом не вспоминаю, а витаю в фантазиях сэра Макса.
Pats tas, kai niekas nesiskaito :) Vėl smagiai pasinėriau į sero Makso nuotykius
May 01, 2015 rated it liked it
For the 2nd time out of 2 books in this series, I was just kinda liking it until the last 50-100 pages, at which point it got REALLY good. Way to keep me reading, Max Frei :D.
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Макс Фрай

"Max Frei" is a pen-name of Svetlana Martynchik. She has created the well-known Echo series. Svetlana Yuryevna Martynchik is a Russian writer and artist.

Martynchik studied at the philological department of Odessa State University, but dropped out without graduating. Martynchik lived in Moscow since 1993 and lives in Vilnius since 2004.

For more details see Wikipedia: Svetlana M


Other books in the series

Лабиринты Ехо (8 books)
  • The Stranger (The Labyrinths of Echo, #1)
  • Простые волшебные вещи (Лабиринты Ехо, #3)
  • Темная сторона (Лабиринты Ехо, #4)
  • Наваждения (Лабиринты Ехо, #5)
  • Власть несбывшегося (Лабиринты Ехо, #6)
  • Болтливый мертвец (Лабиринты Ехо, #7)
  • Лабиринт Мёнина (Лабиринты Ехо, #8)

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