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Wall Of Serpents

(The Incompleat Enchanter #3)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  186 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The Mathematics of Magic - it was the greatest discovery ever. Or so thought Professor Harold Shea. With the proper equations he could instantly transport himself and his friend Reed Chalmers back - or sideways - in time to all the wondrous lands of ancient myth and legend.

But slips in time were a hazard. and Shea's magic didn't always work quite as he expected. A dragon s
Published January 1st 1979 by Dell Publishing (first published 1953)
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Fraser Sherman
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This collects the last two novelettes in DeCamp and Fletcher Pratt's Harold Shea series about a man who's figured out how to jump into various fantasy worlds. As this opens, the cops are extremely suspicious that a detective investigating Shea has disappeared (he's trapped in Xanadu) so Shea and his wife Belphebe have to look for a powerful magician to help them get him back. This leads them first to the world of the Kalevala, then Irish myth. Great fun--it's a shame Pratt's other writing forest ...more
Timothy Boyd
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very funny fantasy series. Great read. Very recommended
Steve Rainwater
Nov 28, 2020 rated it liked it
The fourth story of the Incompleat Enchanter series.

Stories one and two are in the book, "The Incompleat Enchanter" and story three is in the book, "The Castle of Iron". The books form a single continuous story arc, so the best bet of understanding things is to read them all from the beginning. This book largely concerns efforts by the two main characters, Harold Shea and his companion Belphebe, in their efforts to find and retrieve a couple of minor characters who were lost in parallel universe
Steve Goble
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Fun stuff, despite some insanely dated dialogue. It helps to imagine Jeff Goldblum as Harold Shea and Jennifer Lawrence as Belphoebe. It also helps if you are somewhat familiar with the mythologies explored in this book.
Kathy Burford
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harold Shea and Belphebe (brought back from another adventure and now his wife) visit the world of the Finnish Kalevala and then the Ireland of the hero Cuchulainn. In both parts the visitors figure out possible magic by extrapolating from the belief systems of the alternate worlds (as explained in The Incompleat Enchanter, the first Harold Shea collection). Harold takes advantage of knowing that information on your background and genealogy can be used against you in Finnish spells, which must b ...more
Anu Korpinen
Olihan tämä parempi kuin olin antanut itselleni kertoa. Tarina kyllä kärsii siitä, että viidestä Harold Shea seikkailusta tähän kirjaan on suomennettu kaksi viimeistä. Olisin mielelläni kuullut hiukan enemmän symbolisesta logiikasta, joka tekee maailmasta toiseen hyppelemisen mahdolliseksi. Oli myös mielenkiitoinen ajatus, että taikuus muuttui aina kunkin "kontinuumin" olojen mukaan, näin ollen sankari ei voinut aina olla varma mitä hänen loitsunsa saivat kussakin maailmassa aikaan. Paikoitellen ...more
Alessandro Paci
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Stupendo libro, assoluta poesia. L'ho adorato per la sua particolarità, per come giustifica l'esistenza della magia, l'esistenza dei mondi fantastici stessi, per l'assoluta logica e indiscussa varietà della storia. Meraviglioso, non esagero nel dire che sia uno dei fantasy che in assoluto mi è piaciuto di più.
Maagisten voimien ansiosta hypittiin paikasta ja ajasta toiseen - tai oikeastaan tarustosta toiseen. Muuta mainittavaa kirjasta en löydäkään. Juoni heppoinen. Tarinan lienee oli tarkoitus olla hauska.
Feb 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Not bad fantasy but I have read much better. =)
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I would love to get my hands on this! Have never seen it anywhere, though.
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