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Once Around the Realms (Forgotten Realms)

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Soon Volo and his erstwhile companion, Passepout, are on a grand tour the likes of which Toril has never seen. From Chult to Kara Tur, from Suzail to the Shining South, even from the Land of the Dead to Maztica, Volo and Passepout make their way around the globe...little suspecting that this simple bet masks a dark conspiracy unlike any other.
Mass Market Paperback, 297 pages
Published April 1995 by TSR
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Evan
Mar 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
I'm a big Forgotten Realms fan and I've read many of the novels set there, and this is by far the worst. Granted, a spoof of "Around the World in Eighty Days" set in Toril sounds like a neat idea, but this book just juvenile and lame. It's sparsely written and holds no real imagination. It's as if the writer had little time to put any real effort into it and only wrote what he could in between meetings, which is a shame because this could have been something much cooler. The only saving grace is ...more
Justin Salisbury
Feb 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
I have read almost all Forgotten Realms novels, and this is by far the worst book of the entire D&D novel line.
Renae
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Renae by: Scott Crandall
Someone special to me requested that I read this, and although this sort of thing isn't my usual fare, I agreed.

I almost didn't make it. The beginning was nearly intolerably slow. About halfway through the book it picked up speed to the point where I could manage to finish.

The book does have some rather witty banter between the characters, but it also has other problems. I found that the author seemed in favor of speeding up the narrative by simply glossing over action with a "nothing happened,
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Peter Greenwell
Aug 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: forgotten-realms
What an appalling novel. Of the thirty odd Forgotten Realms novels I've read so far, this is by an order of magnitude worse than any other. For starters, the writing itself comes across as a first draft with minimal editing. Lots of repeated words and phrasings, scenes of no consequences, conversations that are irrelevant and don't further the plot in any way.

Sure, it's a parody or a homage to Around the World in 80 Days, but for sanity's sake, read that novel instead. What was probably intende
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Jul 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, do-not-own
I dare you to find a worse book. I DARE you. And I've read some real crap in the day.
Bradley
Dec 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Pretty good Forgotten Realms story. I enjoyed it. =)
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