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The World Shuffler

(Lafayette O'Leary #2)

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'Twas boring in Artesia.
...or so thought Sir Lafayette O'Leary, ex-draftman from Earth, and now seemingly ex-interdimensional swashbuckler extraordinaire as well. His battles were all won, his dragons all slain, and life was just the same boring round of riches, royal hunts and regattas. Boring, boring, boring; untilhe walked past the azalia...
Suddenly Artesia was gone, an
Paperback, 236 pages
Published April 1st 1984 by Ace (first published 1970)
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Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - April 2, 2015

Ahhhh.. Laumer... This is the 3rd bk I've read by him in the last few days. I didn't exactly rave about the last 2 ("The Day Before Forever" and "Thunderhead": & The House in November: ) but I must admit they've been serving a vital purpose for me: distracting me from the downside of my life.

I've got about $20 to live off of
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Not Writing With A Full Deck

Frothy sequel to Laumer's The Time Bender. Protagonist Lafayette O'Leary is accidentally shifted from his position of leisure and nobility in Artesia to the parallel and somewhat dreary world of Melange. Here most of the characters look the same as in the first book but have different names and roles in society. Laumer's sardonic humour is in full swing but O'Leary himself is not as quick witted as in the previous novel and the joke of him not realizing that these are
Gail Morris
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, a very fun read.
This second book in the series is quite a bit more imaginative than the first. Watch out for the walking through walls, and the 'singing out' ceremony.

Oh, wait. That's another volume.

This one is just a matter of jumping from one continuum to another. Or maybe it's the one that falls apart at the end, with things getting so chaotic by the end where that it's not possible to figure out what's going on. I'll keep reading, to figure out whether that's this one.

No, all the action in this story is in
John Oswalt
I loved Keith Laumer when I was a teenager, 40 years ago and more. I've tried re-reading some of my old favorites in recent years, with mixed results. Earthblood was a great favorite of mine, and I read it at least twice years ago. I re-read it recently and liked it, but it just wasn't the same. I used to love Retief stories, and now can barely get through them. And this book The World Shuffler, I could not get through. It just seems pointless. I suppose it's me that's changed, not Laumer. ...more
Dec 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
1982 grade C-

I guessed this to be series book OL3
Mike S
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
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If you like Laumer's brand of irreverent humor you'll enjoy this book. It was a little silly at times but it had very funny and imaginative moments. Not his bets work but still worth reading. ...more
May 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Not as good as the first but still an Okay read as you would expect from Laumer
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John Keith Laumer was an American science fiction author. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he was an officer in the U.S. Air Force and a U.S. diplomat. His brother March Laumer was also a writer, known for his adult reinterpretations of the Land of Oz (also mentioned in Keith's The Other Side of Time).

Keith Laumer (aka J.K Laumer, J. Keith Laumer) is best known for his Bolo stories and his sa

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